Hillingdon Libraries has an amazing team of volunteers, including a huge cohort of young volunteers helping with programmes like the Summer Reading Challenge. In 2015, over 8000 children took part in this scheme and nearly 3500 finished, thanks in no small part to the brilliant volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18 who helped them with signing up and also with finding books they’d love.
Shortly after YA Shot, Hillingdon throws an event to celebrate this amazing generosity and community spirit. YA Shot is proud to be an official partner for this event, supporting it in a number of ways including programming two author sessions. Each year we have a key-note speech and a panel of three very different authors who talk about anything and everything to do with reading and writing, from reading and the role of libraries in their own lives to careers in the Arts and how volunteering helps enhance skills and employability (as well as being a great way to meet new friends and support your community).
In 2016, we are proud to announce that four of our local YA Shot alumi will be coming back to Uxbridge Library for the celebration event on Friday 4th November 2016. Piers Torday will be giving this year’s key-note speech and Siobhan Curham will be chairing the discussion panel, joined by Jason Rohan and Sarah Sky. We’re so grateful to our wonderful authors for supporting this important event and saying thank you directly to the people YA Shot was created to help: libraries and all the people who make them work. The event is attended by Hillingdon Council, Hillingdon Libraries staff and volunteers, as well as friends and family of volunteers and local Headteachers, English teachers, school librarians and literacy coordinators. If you’re an author or local blogger and would like to attend, please get in touch with Uxbridge Library to see if there are spare tickets.
In 2015, we were delighted to have Anthony McGown giving the key-note, and Nikki Sheehan chairing the panel, joined by Sara Grant and Sophia Bennett.