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Where to find our pop up libraries

Our pop up libraries are a chance to browse, read and even take away a new story. They are staffed by volunteers and books have been donated by people like you. You can drop off books at the libraries or at the Musselburgh East Community Centre, John Muir House in Haddington, Brunton Hall customer services or Wallyford and Musselburgh libraries.

Here are places where you can find us in the coming weeks

30 March and 1 April The Brunton Puppet Festival at 1pm

17 April at the Quayside restaurant during lunchtime.

24 April at Family Day at Musselburgh Racecourse

29 April at Whitecraig community centre stay and play 9.30 – 11.30

30 April at Wallyford community centre family learning day 1.00 – 12.30

Pop-up library visits primary care centre

Latest pop up library at Musselburgh Primary Care Centre a great success. Support for the Start Chairperson Janice MacLeod is taking her mini library on tour to spread the word about the Reading is Braw initiative.pop up library doctors alt

After appearing at Tesco on our 1 March launch day she spent Friday at the indoor street at the Primary Care Centre. Many of the people she spoke to were aware of Reading is Braw and were supportive. She said it was great to see pupils from the Burgh and Campie PS who took books to read and share with friends.

The pop up library highlights that the  initiative is not just for schools but for everyone. People have been keen to donate books and can now be dropped off at customer services Brunton Hall and John Muir House in Haddington. From tomorrow [Thursday 17 March 2016] books can also be dropped off at local libraries and at the Kip McGrath education centre in Musselburgh High Street (near S. Luca). Check back here for other drop off locations. Children’s books are particularly appreciated. It is hoped that a Pop up Library will be scheduled weekly more information to follow.

Loretto R.C want your non-fiction books

Loretto RC primary school in Musselburgh are making a great start to the “Reading is Braw” project. Many of the children are not only doing the minimum requirement but actually doing more. Well done!

Newcastle City Library licensed by creative commons.
Newcastle City Library licensed by creative commons.

Next week we are going to have a non fiction book drive. Children are being encouraged to bring in non fiction books so that we can find out what is the most unusual non fiction book, what is the longest non fiction book, what is the funniest non fiction book that we own. We hope to create a gallery of non fiction books in the school and have a scavenger hunt for the children.

If anyone would like to get involved, please email Kate O’ Regan: koregan@loretto.elcschool.org.uk.

Watch highlights from our launch day

We did it! Reading is Braw has officially launched and you can see some of the highlights of the day in this video from David Gilmour (digital wizard with East Lothian Council’s schools service).

You will see children reading here, there and everywhere.

You will hear Lindsey Barley reveal the single most important life-skill we can teach our children. (Clue: it starts with the letter r…)

You will hear children light up the screen with their love of stories.

If it inspires you to read or to read to a child let us know which story you went for.

Get Taylor Swift to promote reading to your kids

Children do better when they read more. Encouraging them to read boils down to this.

1. make sure they have lots they can choose to read

2. make sure they have time they can read

3. read to them until they are shooing you out of the room (NB they may do this subtly with their taste in music)

4. talk to them about reading.

5. stage a takeover of everything that isn’t reading until they have watched Taylor Swift talking about reading in this half hour video from Scholastic.

Only nine sleeps now until the big launch of Reading is Braw. Oh, who am I kidding, you’re all bopping away to Shake it Off now, aren’t you?

The book most travelled

It’s getting exciting here at Reading is Braw HQ as we gear up to our 1st March official launch.RI logo oor wullie

Children do better when they read more. Having access to a choice of things to read and opportunities to read makes it so much more likely that they will read. We’ll share dozens of ideas for creating excitement around books in the coming weeks, for now though here is just one.

Groups taking part in Reading is Braw will be leaving books in public places where someone can pick them up, read them and then share them again. Inside we’ll leave a message encouraging people to read the book and pass it on. We’ll also ask them to let us know where the book has gone by commenting on this blog or by tweeting us at our Twitter account @reading_is_braw.

Already one book as been taken to New York, USA and we are all hoping it is found by someone who will get in touch.

So, if you see a book around Wallyford, Whitecraig or Musselburgh feel free to send it on an adventure – but don’t forget to read it first!

Local businesses invited to show support

Local businesses are being asked to show their support for Reading is Braw – an initiative to get children reading more. Due to launch on Tuesday 1 March, Reading is Braw will run for 15 weeks in Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig. Thousands of local children will take part in a challenge designed to get them to read more often because it boosts their learning and is a good sign of future success.WEBBacktoBackFBPostSize

The team behind the initiative includes schools, nurseries, libraries, community learning and parents. It’s now reaching out to businesses for help by either showing their support on their premises or by donating money. The funds will be used to help pay for visits by children’s authors and for school trips carefully designed to motivate kids to read.

As part of the challenge children will be wearing lanyards with a space for them to write the name of the book they are currently reading. The aim is to spark positive conversations between the children and others about reading. Businesses can show support by having their staff wear lanyards and by displaying posters.

Musselburgh Burgh Primary deputy head teacher Lindsey Barley is leading the project. She said: “I’ve already worked on reading initiatives in Dunbar and in the Tranent area and the support of businesses and the wider community has a massive impact on the success. Children love seeing adults taking part in their projects. They expect their teachers and their parents to tell them to read but when people out in the community are also talking about reading it suddenly has more impact.”

If you want to show your support for the project get in touch by emailing: cldmusselburgh@eastlothian.gov.uk