Reading 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 and pilot activity running in fifty three library authorities and six schools in 2015/16. 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.
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.
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 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