World Book Day! Here’s how to get involved

Has World book Day inspired you to read more, or help someone learn to or improve their reading? There’s lots you can do across Kirklees to keep the interest in reading year round.

Reading Friends
Reading Friends is a paired reading project which involves adult volunteers giving up an hour of their time per week to read with students in schools.Reading Friends
The Reading Friends training course enables volunteers to gain a good grounding in useful strategies to use when reading with children.
On average, children improve in their reading age by up to 9 months after a 10 week programme and become more confident and enjoy reading.
There are training courses several times throughout the year – keep an eye out for the next planned training dates.

Reading MattersReading Matters
Reading Mentors work in schools providing one-to-one reading support to children and young people who are struggling with their reading and/or confidence.
As a Reading Matters Reading Mentor you’ll be provided with full training and resources, accredited training, travel expenses, resource pack and on-going support as well as a placement in a school or setting convenient to you.
You can find out everything you need to know and how to become a Reading Mentor on their website. 

Birkby Fartown Library
Birkby Fartown Library is in need of volunteers to help keep the library open.
They’re having a volunteer open day on Saturday 5th March from 1-4pm; with activities, storytime and IT support sessions.
Address: Wasps Nest Road, Fartown, Huddersfield, HD1 6HA

Book Chat
Hearing stories and poems read aloud can be really enjoyable for groups, including people with dementia.
An hour-long session might explore a well-known poem or extracts from a story. From opinions about the words and ideas used to memories and personal stories. It’s an enjoyable, social role with immediate feedback!
If you’d like to volunteer for this interesting role please get in touch with Chris at There’ll be new training dates planned soon.
The course will give you skills in group work, dementia awareness and a full day looking at how to select resources and books and use them in a group session.

Support a Charity
Why not buy a book (or several) from your local charity shop? There are loads across Kirklees; even a dedicated Oxfam book shop in Huddersfield, based at 3 Market Walk, HD1 2QA

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free” – Frederick Douglas