Literacy Champions are local people who want to make a difference to literacy levels in their community. Over the last few months a group of Literacy Champions from across Whitby have started working together to regularly run and attend storytelling events in the community. On Wednesday 24 July they attended Pannett Park Day, an annual community event in Whitby, marking the first outing of their exciting new storytelling tent.
The story tent is an investment by the National Literacy Trust so that the group can arrive at almost any event with a recognisable, ready space for storytelling and craft activities. All they need is five square metres of space – and it’s even waterproof!
On Wednesday almost 80 families enjoyed stories and crafts in the tents, with local authors Saviour Pirrotta and Kate Boddy joining the storytelling line-up.
Liz Dyer, Manager of the North Yorkshire Coast Hub, has also been working with the Literacy Champions on an initiative to fill the area with free books for people to find and share. The books were hidden around Pannett Park on Wednesday, with a note encouraging people to take them home, read them and then hide them elsewhere in Whitby for other families to find and enjoy. Volunteers will be hiding books around Scarborough and Filey in the coming weeks. Families are encouraged to share photos of themselves enjoying the books on the Whitby Reads Facebook page.
Hub Manager Liz said: “Today was brilliant! It was a great success for the tent and also the launch of ‘Whitby Reads’. People have already begun posting about the books they have found on our Facebook page which is lovely to see.”