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Grant enables Book Club for teenagers

Grant enables Book Club for teenagers

After pitching individual projects to Puffin, Collins Booksellers was one of 54 bookstores around Australia to receive a share of a $100,000 grant.

Our local store will use their awarded sum towards their dedicated in-store ‘Kid Zone’ and to establish a Book Club for 12-14-year-olds.

Store owner, Margaret Schwebel, explained the importance of both these initiatives, “Over 35 per cent of our store is currently dedicated to children’s books - we know that, just as much as adults, kids like to sit down and browse until they find the right book. In our pitch we were able to explain our area that’s just for children, a haven for them to feel comfortable and relaxed, they have an area, that’s just theirs.”

“I was thrilled when we found out we would benefit from the grant, I know there are bookshops all over Australia that have a fair priority for kid’s books, and they would possibly be applying for big Authors to come along. I think because we weren’t doing just a designated event and it was a bit left of field than the others, we were successful. I appreciated the fact that Puffin acknowledged the amount of work that we have put in and its rewarding to be acknowledged for that. We aren’t just having one fancy event and that’s it- once we get this book club going, it’s something that’s going to continue, and kids will get constant value out of the money that’s coming through.”

these grant funds are now making that dream a reality

The teenage book club has been on Margaret’s mind for quite some time now, and these grant funds are now making that dream a reality. “I particularly wanted to start a teenage book club for 12-14 year old’s, just as they are coming out of primary school, when they love reading, but once they get to high school it’s seen as.. sort of ‘not cool’. Through our connections with the ‘Kids Lit Quiz’ I can see that there’s a lot of young teens who are still passionate about reading and love getting together with like-minded souls.”

“So, now that I have a bit of funding, it will aid in the running of it, allowing kids to get a discount on books, get pre-release copies from publishers, and just meet once a month here after school, sitting on the lounge, bean bags, floor, whichever.. this will be the kids space.”

“The first month or two it will be whoever wants to come, we will sit and chat, I will just let the kids run it to an extent and see how it grows. It will be great; we can all be nerdy together!”

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more information.





these grant funds are now making that dream a reality

 

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