Pupils get stuck into 12-hour ‘readathon’

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Schoolchildren will be getting stuck into some good reads to kick off a 12-hour ‘readathon’ at a Sheffield library under threat of closure.

The event takes place at Upperthorpe Library on Friday, running from 1.30pm until closing time at 9pm. It will then resume on Saturday morning at 7am through to noon.

Pupils from Netherthorpe Primary, who visit the library every week, will be starting the epic read with Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Any adults or children who want to join in can then do so by reading out loud from a selection of books.

Craft activities will also be on offer.

Friday marks the deadline for community groups to submit business plans to take over local libraries, in the event that funding and staff are withdrawn by Sheffield Council in a bid to cut costs.

A spokesperson for the Friends of Zest, which is organising the readathon, said: “We would urge anyone who values the essential service offered by local libraries to contact their local councillors and ask them to stand up against any plans to withdraw council support.”

Anyone who wants to book a specific time to read should email contact@friendsofzest.org.uk or call 0114 232 1335.