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Teen Read Club launches at school in Dedworth

Teen Read Club launches at school in Dedworth

David Lee

Teen Read Club launches at school in Dedworth

Book lovers from a school in Dedworth have been giving up their lunchtimes to take part in a new ‘Teen Read’ scheme.

Students from the Dedworth Middle School Teen Read Club with Joiy Chan-Meeson, volunteering officer at Royal Borough Libraries, and Amy Knaggs, English teacher at Dedworth Middle School

Twelve students from Dedworth Middle School have been meeting every third Tuesday of the month to discuss their love of books and authors, from James Patterson to J.K Rowling.

The book club is supported and resourced by Dedworth Library, which has received funding from the Royal Borough as part of the Love Dedworth project.

Dedworth Library has been using its funding to promote reading amongst young people in the area.

Joiy Chan-Meeson, volunteering officer for the Royal Borough Libraries and organiser of the Teen Read Club, said: “This is a very good example of the Love Dedworth project in action.”

Joiy has been running the book club sessions since January and told the Express she was delighted with its initial success.

Amy Knaggs, who teaches English at Dedworth Middle School, said it was refreshing to see her year 7 and 8 students giving up their spare time to engage with books.

 “Some of them are quite shy but when they come here they feel more confident to share their ideas.

“It’s so nice to see,” she said.

All 12 members of the Teen Read Club said they were hoping the scheme would continue for years to come.

Flynn O’Leary, a member of the Teen Read Club, said: “In such a big school it’s difficult to meet people with the same interests so this is an excellent way of meeting people who love reading as much as you do.”

Dedworth Library is also funding the visit of celebrated children’s book author Ali Sparkes who is joining students at Dedworth Middle School for World Book Day on Thursday, March 5.

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