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County-wide reading relay launches The Hive

Well known faces from across the county are lining up to take part in a reading relay event to mark the opening of The Hive in Worcester.

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Roger Berry, ITV Central’s Sameena Ali-Khan and a player from Worcestershire County Cricket Club are among a line-up of readers who will be bringing a mix of traditional and modern classic children’s tales to life. They will join staff from The Hive’s two partners, the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council, to take part in a five hour ‘readathon’.

More than 250 children will be taking part in the event at The Hive on Wednesday 4th July. The new £60 million facility is Europe’s first joint university and public library and has been developed through a joint venture between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council to dramatically increase the learning resources, technology, study and social spaces available to the entire Worcestershire community. The dedicated children’s library within The Hive has a strong emphasis on story-telling with a specially designed ‘story pit’ and built-in hideaways for children to curl up with their favourite books.

Designed to welcome school pupils from across the county to The Hive, the reading relay will be the first opportunity that children have to try out the facilities for themselves.

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, comments: “We’re really excited to launch The Hive to young people in such a fun and engaging way. The reading relay will be a great event to celebrate our impressive new facilities and we hope the children will be inspired to keep using the facilities to bring their favourite stories to life and experience some new authors, as well as some classic tales. The University recently conducted a survey among school children into their reading habits and will be reflecting some of their favourites in the line up of books at the reading relay.
“The reading relay is a shining example of what we want to do at The Hive. It is so important to us that we support children in developing a passion for reading and telling stories and we plan to keep this going with plenty of fun and exciting activities. We want The Hive to be an inspiring place that everyone in the local community can enjoy.”

Kathy Kirk, Worcestershire County Council’s Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager, said: “The Hive offers exceptional facilities and we hope will be a base for students, school children and the general public alike. Whether you’re passionate about books or looking for a quiet place to work or study, The Hive has a mix of dedicated spaces to serve everyone’s needs right in the heart of Worcester.”