Bumper World Book Day programme

Verbal Arts Centre Reading Rooms staff and volunteers are gearing up for a hectic day to celebrate World Book Day tomorrow, spreading a love of reading right across Northern Ireland.

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"We are so excited to be delivering right across Northern Ireland this year," said Project Manager Sinead Devine, as Verbal takes its award-winning Reading Rooms programme east and west, to Mid Ulster, city bound and rural wide.

She added: "We can only do this wide geographical and group spread because of the dedication of our wonderful volunteers who will be supported by staff throughout the day. Our volunteers are the jewel of the Reading Rooms' crown and we are grateful for their support for this important event."

Mary Duddy and volunteer Linda Morgan, will kick off events with an early start travelling to Mid Ulster and County Derry/Londonderry visiting Bellaghy Primary School for a 9.30am session.

They will then travel to St John Bosco's, Ballynease and finish at St Mary’s PS, Park, County Derry in the afternoon. 

Sinead Devine will host a Reading Room at the Eason store in Foyleside, here in the city at 10.00am with P4 children from St Eithne's Primary School.

Stephanie Campbell, Mobile Project Officer, will host in Belfast with a Year 8 and Year 9 group at Hazelwood Integrated College before travelling to the Royal Victoria Hospital for a Reading Room in the Stroke Unit.

Rachel Duffy, Project Officer for Young People, and volunteers will deliver a series of group and one-to-one reading sessions locally across the city from morning until early evening under the Children in Need funded programme.

This programme will also connect Andrea O'Donnell with EOTAS under the Edit Project, and volunteer Carol Irwin with a group from Kinship Care in the afternoon.

There will also be two one-to-one sessions with volunteer Maeve Cleary and staff member Rachel Duffy  for Kinship Care, completing our bumper World Book Day programme on Thursday evening.

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