Guest post – Jane Shepherd community champion at Tesco

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Jane and colleagues prove Reading is Braw

My name is Jane Shepherd and I work part time as Community Champion and Farm to Fork Trail Guide at Tesco Extra Musselburgh. I also work part time for Midlothian Council as Adult Education Tutor.
In my spare time I volunteer with a local Lifesaving Club and as Secretary for the Royal Lifesaving Society Scottish Region.
I have two boys aged 19 and 14 and have always encouraged them to be interested in reading anything, from fiction and non fiction to magazines and news articles. We always have books and magazines laying around the house to just pick up and browse through and often chat about what we have been reading around the dinner table.
I think that Reading Is Braw is a really valuable community project. I believe that it is important for the whole family to be involved in reading. Reading helps to give people an understanding of the world around us and helps us to develop ideas and thoughts of our own.
I was given The Life of Pi book for World Book Night four years ago and I initially found it a real chore to read. I was so pleased with myself that I persevered and finished the book, it was a fabulously inspiring story in the end.
Ever since then, I have volunteered as a book giver for World Book Night, where I have had the opportunity to give books to adults who are reluctant readers. Often citing that they are too busy and don’t have time to pick up a book.
I find that picking up a book is the ideal stress reliever – and can’t wait for some ‘Me Time’ with a good book.
I am currently reading The Hairy Bikers – Blood Sweat and Tyres. The next book I plan to read is The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (the next in the Millenium Series of books by Stieg Larsson).

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