Meet our new bloggers!

We’ve been keeping this one under our hat for a while now, so it’s super exciting that we can finally introduce you to our new bloggers! These are not just any normal bloggers either, nope, they’re very special bloggers! Over the next few weeks they’ll be sharing all sorts of posts with you and we can’t wait for you to meet them all. Enough chit-chat from us, without further ado, we proudly present our Boro Reads Young Bloggers!

Julia
Hi, my name is Julia. I’m eleven years old and I love reading! I have recently passed my grade three piano exam with a distinction and are still awaiting the results of my grade one cello exam. I am a chocoholic [Love Middlesbrough Lasses (LML) note: So are we, Julia!] My favorite chocolate is Lindor because it is so smooth and delicious. My favourite books are the Harry Potter series [us too 😍] I know more facts and theories than most people do! I’m currently reading Anne Frank’s Diary which is so sad! I’m also reading Evie’s Ghost which is really good and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

Holly
My name is Holly and I am 10 and a half years old. I enjoy playing roller hockey and unicycling [Wow!] I like reading, especially anything by Jacqueline Wilson, Paul Cookson and David Walliams.  My favourite movie is Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest. I like art and my favourite things to draw are narwhals!

Narwhal

Isobel
Hi my name is Isobel and I am 10 years old and I LOVE to read . One of my favourite hobbies is to write, swim and to draw. I have read a ton of books so I am super excited to be a book blogger [we’re super excited to have you!]

Katie
I am excited to be a book blogger this summer [we’re so excited too, Katie!] My name is Katie and I am nine years old. I love to read , sing and play the piano I also am very creative.

Reece
My name is Reece and I am 9 years old. I like playing football. My favourite position is left wing.  I love my dog, Coley, as he is cute and fluffy [😍 LML Claire is ALL about the dogs]. I go to Green Lane School and will be in year 5 after the holidays.

Jack
My name is Jack, I am 10 years old and I have lived in Middlesbrough all my life! I have a younger brother and sister (they are twins). I am a Cub Scout and I like to help others, I am a keen gamer and I am learning computer programming (using Python) [LML Rach is SUPER impressed!] which is an interest I share with my Dad. Although, I am not sporty I come from a family of Boro-supporters [#UTB] and my Grandad is the biggest fan of all! I have always loved gadgets and learning how they work!

My Hobbies: Cooking, computing, movies, travelling, photography

My Likes: DanTDM, PUGS!!! Sheep, Visiting RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve, Pirates of The Caribbean (with Dad), Food @ Mela [LML – all three of us – we totally agree!], Gadgets, GAMES!!! Music, DISNEY WORLD FLORIDA!!!, Baymax & Big Hero 6

Pug puppy

We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting our Boro Reads Young Bloggers. They’ll be back again next Friday so make sure you keep an eye on the blog for their next update!

Remember to vote for your favourite books too for Boro Reads! The top ten books selected are going to be made into beautiful book benches and we can’t wait to see them!

Vote now!

Love Middlesbrough Lass Claire loves libraries

If I had to put an exact age on when my love for libraries started, I’d have to double check with my mam first, but I’m pretty sure I was probably about 3. This is me when I was 3 – cheeky, freckled, the beginnings of the mad hair just starting to peek through…

The early years as we’ll call them were mainly about running into the children’s section of the library, plonking myself down on the floor in front of the book boxes and deciding which pile I was going to take home that week. There was always a pile, and it was always kept separate from our own books so that there wasn’t any mix up – that’s my mam for you (wish her tidy genes had passed on to me ☺️).

Fast forward to the teenage years and this is where the love for the library service and all it can offer was firmly cemented – I’m talking about you, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dreams series. There was no way, even with all my babysitting money, that I would ever have been able to afford to buy them all myself – there was loads of them! But each week, I would go in and get myself the next pile in the series, read them all up, and then back again and so on until I finally reached the end. I kid you not, I had a bottomless pit of a rucksack and I used to average 14-15 books per week…

As my reading styles started to evolve my enthusiasm for libraries continued to increase for two reasons: firstly there was so much choice! And in every genre imaginable. Secondly: it’s free. FREE BOOKS! Tell everyone!

Books! Ceilings! Central Library is magical in every way!

And then something wondrous happened: I got a job…in a library! Yep, little old library-loving me was actually going to work every single day in a library – and a big one at that! Now seems a good time to clear a couple of things up: yes, I totally did stamp books with the date stamp – such a satisfying sound – and no, I never told anyone to ‘ssshhhhhh!’

When I moved back up north I got a job in another library (see? I told you it was love ❤️) Chances are, if you went to Teesside University between the years of 2001-2013 you’ll have seen me in the library. Probably pushing a trolley around and usually wearing some very, very bright clothing.

There’s loads of things people don’t realise about working in libraries. It’s definitely not just stamping books and telling people to be quiet, whilst wearing your hair in a bun and boring clothes. It’s basically like living inside the internet, except that all the knowledge sits inside the head of all the people who work there. And the best thing of all? They want to share everything that they know too! And if they don’t know the info, they will absolutely, 100% be able to use their skills to find it for you! Truly, library work is one of the most misunderstood occupations and I’m here to change that! Library staff, and librarians, are proper ace!

Before I became a Love Middlesbrough Lass I was working in yet another library; it won’t come as too much of a surprise that I loved it. The services that public libraries offer are amazing and often, you become a precious lifeline for your customers who rely on you for your help, information giving, and just all round company-providing if they pop in for a chat when they’re feeling lonely. I can honestly say it was the most humbling and inspiring job I have ever done…but becoming a Love Middlesbrough Lass was calling me, which is obviously massively brilliant too!

So here we are. A Love Middlesbrough Lass who loves libraries. I’m a member in two authorities – the one where I live and the one where I work. This is often dangerous, as can be testified by the giant pile of books waiting to be read by the side of my bed. But there can never be too many books…can there?

What does all this have to do with us I hear you ask? Well, this summer we’re so excited to be part of a project called #BoroReads. We’ll be sharing more on that soon, but basically we want to get as many people in Boro reading as we can, from teeny tiny babies looking at picture books to everyone else of any age!

Obviously the first thing you need to do is go and join the library! All the info you need to do that is right here > https://libraries.middlesbrough.gov.uk/web/arena/join-the-library

If you’re not sure where your closest library is you can find that out too > https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/leisure-events-libraries-and-hubs/community-hubs-and-libraries/find-librarycommunity-hub

And join us for #BoroReads! We’ll be doing loads of cool stuff over the summer so make sure you join in!