Story sessions help to open a new chapter for readers

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Certificate winners with some of their carers and Graham Jarritt, the council's library and community manager, and library officer Lyz Jones

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Certificate winners with some of their carers and Graham Jarritt, the council's library and community manager, and library officer Lyz Jones

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BRILLIANT bookworms have completed a chapter of their learning after taking part in a reading challenge.

Sixteen adults with physical and learning disabilities have met the national Six Book Challenge to read six books.

The group, which meets at Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, were presented with certificates for their efforts.

Nine of the adults attend Warren Road Day Centre and the rest are in residential accommodation run by care support organisation Voyage.

They all take part in weekly interactive sessions at the library for people who don’t have strong reading skills, run by library officer Lyz Jones.

Group member Shirley Turner said: “I really enjoy coming to the reading group. It’s fun and I enjoy helping to tell the story and helping others with the props.”

Sharon Carr, who also attends the sessions, said: “I have been coming along to the group for quite a while.They are fun and we cover different subjects.”

Lyz reads the books to them and uses sound and touch experiences to help tell the stories, which is especially stimulating for those with sensory impairments.

She said: “The members get a lot out of the sessions. They have a chance to interact socially in a much more social environment in a library, with members of the public.

“It’s more integration into society instead of us going to them in an institutionalised place. If any other similar groups would like me to organise reading sessions for them, I would be delighted to hear from them.”

For details, contact Lyz on (01429) 272905 or email Elizabeth.jones@hartlepool.gov.uk.