Poole libraries offer new loyalty card to teens and young adults

Poole Libraries’ volunteer programme ‘Poole Library Reading Hackers’ have launched their brand new ‘Teen & Young Adult’s Loyalty Card’.

The Teen and Young Adult’s Loyalty Card is available for anyone aged between 13-24, and can be picked up in any Poole library.

The loyalty card earns points through every use, and for every six visits to any library, holders will be able to exchange their points for an array of fantastic rewards, including refreshments and free DVD and CD hire.

Poole’s Teen & Young Adult’s Loyalty Card Scheme is funded by the ‘Call for Ideas’ project, a Reading Agency project which supports groups of young people to get creative with reading and encourage their peers to read more.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: “We received almost 50 applications for the Reading Hack Call for Ideas, all of which were imaginative, original and led entirely by young people. There are six projects across the country that were chosen to receive funding, ranging from themed film nights and loyalty card schemes to a workshop and recording session ran by young people who are blind or partially sighted. We’re incredibly excited to see how these projects reach out to other young people and engage them with the joy of reading.”

To celebrate the new Loyalty Card, the Reading Hack volunteers hosted a successful launch party at Poole Central Library on Saturday 8 July, which featured entertainment, games and food, and saw lots of teenage and older readers from around Poole sign up to the scheme.

Laura Sneddon, Children's and Youth Services Librarian said: “Reading Hack has been great for our teenage volunteers. They enjoy creating their Hack projects and taking ownership of them. We took part in the Call for Ideas to promote our services to a wider audience of young people and I’m so pleased that the Loyalty Card Idea was chosen. Hopefully we can continue to increase our engagement with young people and draw them in to see what their local library has to offer.”

More information about the Teen & Young Adult’s Loyalty Card can be found at all Poole libraries.

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