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Joy Court talks with Talis to review the Summer Reading Challenge

This podcast was recorded at Walsgrave Church of England Primary School to review this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Joy Court, who works in Coventry City Council’s Children, Learning & Young People’s Directorate as Learning Resources Manager and has responsibility for the city’s school library service. Joy is also involved with The Reading Agency and Summer Reading Challenge at national level. Joy talks about the importance of connecting schools with public libraries, and her role promoting the Challenge to schools, particularly those that have not been involved before. She outlines the preparations that are made both in schools and across the public library service for the Challenge to make it as attractive to children as possible. This year Coventry successfully piloted the participation of teenage volunteers, many of whom made themselves available to talk to children about the books in public libraries. Coventry will be extending this across the city next year as it proved immensely popular with children. We discuss how this year’s Space Hop theme was selected and the website that amplified the theme with interactive features and games. This year 59,000 people registered on the website. We also discuss Joy’s involvement with other areas of The Reading Agency work, and how initiatives such as Chatterbooks feed into the success of the Summer Reading Challenge. Finally we talk about the ongoing importance of the library as a place.

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