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  • The library service is moving to a new Library Management System and there will be some disruptions to services whilst this takes place from 23 April - 1 May. Our online catalogue and renewal service will be unavailable.  Find out more here. 
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no West Mobile Library Service on Tues 24, Wed 25, Fri 27 and Sat 28 April. We apologise for any inconvenience caused

Reading Hack stock photo author debateReading Hack is a programme led by young people aged 13 to 24 who do reading activities and volunteering, called hacks, to gain skills and experience. Reading Hack builds on the success and learning from The Reading Agency's previous work with young people including Summer Reading Challenge volunteering and BIG Lottery pilots such as Reading Activists. The programme inspires young people to become advocates for reading and to lead the way in engaging their peers- particularly those who struggle with reading, don't like it or don't see its value.

Reading Hack includes Summer Reading Challenge volunteering. Libraries are offering hack volunteer roles, setting up young people's planning groups and running creative hack sessions.

Reading Hack is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  

Visit the Reading Hacks Website.

Want to volunteer this summer?  Find out more here

What is a hack?

A hack is "a clever solution to a tricky problem. To hack is to modify or change something in an extraordinary way" [Urban Dictionary definition, 2009]. Examples include Lifehack, Museum Hack, IKEA Hackers and Culture Hack, which all take something established and remake or redefine it. Young people redefine reading through their involvement with Reading Hack.

Hacking reading

Hack reading by doing any activity with reading at its heart. This could be anything from a poetry-themed DJ set or novel-inspired Minecraft, to book-related filmmaking or helping younger children read.

Reading Hack Final LogoReading Hacks in Northumberland

In Northumberland we currently have a group based at Hexham Library and Cramlington Library. Becoming a Reading Hack is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain experience which can enhance their CV or UCAS form and be validated towards an Arts Award or Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Visit Hexham Reading Hack Profile

Visit Cramlington Reading Hack Profile

Download a Reading Hacks Volunteer Form

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Northumberland Reading Hack please complete the form using fill and sign and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..