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Help us build a City of Readers!

Written by Beth Pochin, 17th January 2014

impact48_tightIt's not too late to register to be a part of our weekend with Impact 48 at Calderstones Mansion House where we will be getting our creative heads together to build a brand new website, app and marketing stategy for our City of Readers project, in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Learning Partnership. With just 48 hours to do this, there's a pretty huge amount of thinking and creating to get done, so we are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping out.

How can you get involved?

Volunteer Tech Support
Are you or do you know I.T and web specialists, software developers and app developers? Do you know a thing or two about marketing or social media that could help us build an innovative marketing strategy? Are you full of creative, techie ideas? If so, we would love you to join us for an inspiring weekend of ideas and development for a digital vision for our city of readers project in  the beautiful Calderstones Mansion House. We're also seeking creative decorators to help us decorate our City of Readers office and make it an inspirational, exciting space for work.

Sign up here:

Join our Reading MarathonCalderstones Mansion House c Dave Jones
As part of this weekend, we are also planning to kick start the City of Readers Project and Liverpool Year of Reading by recording 48 hours of reading and collecting 4,800 books - a challenge indeed!

We need lots of readers to book a slot in the reading marathon and be filmed reading their favourite stories and poems aloud. Each slot is up to 25 minutes long and we've got slots available over the whole weekend for you to come along to Calderstones and be filmed reading aloud. Email to register, book your slot and find out more.

Don't worry if Liverpool is too far for you or you have a busy weekend - you can still take part by filming yourself reading aloud and sending it to us. Save your video as a .wav file and send it through to , along with your details and a photo. We'll take anything from 2 minutes to 25minutes!

Drop in to donate your unwanted books and find out moreWe'll be opening Calderstones Mansion House to the public from 11.30am on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th for visitors to pop in and find out more about the project and our wider work. One of the aims of the weekend is to collect 4800 book donations, so if you've got an unread collection gathering dust and clogging up your shelves, please do bring them along - we'd love to take them off your hands and bring them back to life through our City of Readers project.

If you would like any more information about the weekend, please get in touch with Beth:

Come along and help us build a City of Readers!


3 thoughts on “Help us build a City of Readers!

Colin Mac says:

Are you going to have an international book shelf at Calderstones? I have a few novels in Spanish and French that might get the a collection up and running.

bethpochin says:

That sounds brilliant thanks Colin! Feel free to drop them off whenever suits you and they can be make a lovely start to a collection of international books at Calderstones!

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