Reading Rooms hosted a celebration of World Book Night for older people in Three Rivers Care Home in Omagh on Sunday 23rd April. World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on that date every year. It is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers. Residents participated with a short story and poem read by our wonderful volunteer reader Allison. Allison will also distribute books which have been gifted to the Verbal by The Reading Agency. Reading Rooms opens up high quality literature for those most removed from the experience of reading. For older people in care homes this can be due to impaired eyesight or limited cognitive function or simply not being able to concentrate to enjoy reading. So we were delighted to share and open up World Book Night this year at Three Rivers!
Reading Rooms was also at Longfield Care Home for their Easter event. The home was decked out with bonnets and bunting, with beautiful tea time treats were served alongside songs from local musicians. David, our Reading Rooms volunteer, read some Spring and Easter themed poems and Sinead Devine, Reading Rooms Officer for Older People, told the story of Oscar Wilde‘s The Happy Prince, a tale of sacrifice and friendship. The residents felt it was a very fitting story for Easter, learning that even the smallest acts of friendship can make a huge difference.
Also fittingly for Easter perhaps, Little Legends in Easons Foyleside got their teeth into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We read about the characters, sang, danced and tasted some special popping chocolate sweets, and even made our own little Easter cards and biscuits!
Continuing the tasty food theme, the Little Legends had a lovely time reading Cake Girl by David Lucas. We tried out our own magic to see what we would like to turn into: we had mice, bridges, gymnasts and even cows. Great imaginations all round! Plus, a special visitor came out of the deep dark woods to meet the children from Oakgrove Integrated Primary and Fountain Controlled Primary School. See below…
At Seven Oaks, we had great craic with a story involving an amazing garment: a Spanish waistcoat no less! The poem brought about conversations about fiddle music, Ceili dances and the joy and fun of these events.
Our session at Probation Board Northwest really enjoyed the conversations that the story brought up about facing challenges, building relationships and supporting each other.
The finally, there was reading, kite flying and flamenco dancing at the Verbal Art Centre, as part of the Get Creative weekend. Get Creative celebrates and supports everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces across the UK. It aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative event and to encourage people to share their own examples of everyday creativity. Challenge achieved!