Opening a new chapter for keen young readers

Teenage reading group at Brighouse Library. Eleven-year-old Yousuf Sajjad.
Teenage reading group at Brighouse Library. Eleven-year-old Yousuf Sajjad.

Young bookworms are drawing inspiration from a new reading group which meets at Brighouse Library.

Despite the competing attractions of computer games and television, books are still popular with young readers and the new club aims to keep members informed about the latest releases and give them the chance to discuss their favourite authors.

Teenage reading group at Brighouse Library. Humerah Sajjad aged 11.

Teenage reading group at Brighouse Library. Humerah Sajjad aged 11.

The club meets fortnightly at the library and organiser Elaine Duffy is keen to attract more members to ensure that it continues.

“Anything that gets young people interested in books and reading is worth trying. It is often the case that reading books can drop off in the teenage years for a variety of reasons.

“But there are some fantastic books being written these days specifically for older children and young teenagers and it’s my job to make sure they are being read.”

Elaine, Young People’s Library Service officer, said authors such as Eoin Colfer, Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and Rachel Ward were writing excellent books.

“We encourage the members to talk about their favourite books and write reviews. They also get the chance to read proof copies of books which aren’t even available in the shops.”

Eleven-year-old Humerah Sajjad had been reading White Dolphin by Gill Lewis, describing it as a ‘real page-turner’ and giving the book five stars.

“But my favourite book is The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer - it’s a twist on traditional fairy tales.”

Her twin brother Yousuf said his favourite book was Shirley Hughes’ A Hero on a Bicycle. “I spend a lot of time reading and I like going to the library,” he said.

Kahlan Lee, also eleven, said he loved fantasy and adventure stories and thought the club was a good idea as it introduced him to new writers.

The teenage reading group, for ages 11-plus, will next meet on April 22 from 4pm to 5pm with future meetings on May 13, June 3, June 17, July 1 and July 15. Anyone who is interested in finding our more should contact Elaine on 01422 392638.

l A Bookstart Busy Babies group is starting at Brighouse Library on Tuesday mornings after the Easter holidays. The first session will be on April 16 from 10.30am to 11.10am. The sessions offer baby bounce, songs and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers up to the age of two. For more information contact Ben on 01422 392620.