NEWS AND EVENTS: MARCH 2015
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION 2015
BHF Are Looking for Volunteers!
A new shop is well underway into their shop fit out and are currently looking for volunteers.
If you can spare some time each week and would like to help please call; 07584 376 983 for more details.
BIG LITTLE LIBRARY LAUNCH
Belle Vale Shopping Centre has partnered once again with Gateacre School to host a unique attraction; The BIG Little Library! This pop-up library was officially unveiled on World Book Day, Thursday 5th March by Cllr Erica Kemp at an event attended by local dignitaries, community members, schoolchildren and the public of Belle Vale.
The Big Little Library is a gathering place for book lovers, where the community can share their favourite literature as well as take part in enjoyable games to build reading and writing skills. The aim is to inspire children and young people to read, share and even write their own fantastic stories. The idea for the scheme was partly inspired by the Little Libraries that are springing up across the UK. Belle Vale Library, as well as many other libraries across Liverpool, recently faced the prospect of closure and so as part of this campaign, Little Libraries will be donated throughout the city. The first of these Little Libraries was presented to the Lord Mayor Cllr Erica Kemp at this event, who accepted it on behalf of City Hall. At the end of the project a Little Library will also remain at Belle Vale Shopping Centre as a permanent feature.
This is the first occasion that a full shop unit has been taken over by such a project, making it an exciting gathering place for book lovers!
BIG LITTLE LIBRARY
Gateacre School in conjunction with Belle Vale Shopping Centre is creating the BIG Little Library by Gateacre School.
Its a take a book, return a book, donate a book gathering place where the community can share their favourite literature and stories.
In its most basic form, a Little Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. We are taking it one step further by creating an actual shop full of books, which have been donated by local residents, businesses, students and the wider community over the last 9 months.
The purpose of the shop is:
- To become an inspiring gathering place where the community can share their favourite literature and stories.
- To help to engage all members of the local communities; from children, young people and adults from different backgrounds.
- To encourage people to enjoy reading and discover how it benefits their wellbeing.
- To develop a broader range of English and Literacy skills.
- To build strong, mutually supportive communities who read together.
- To provide enjoyable, welcoming and meaningful activities within the community, inspiring people to engage in other local and city-wide activities.
- To improve wellbeing, increase social engagement and widen cultural horizons.
The Shop will open on World Book Day 5th March for 3 months. Along with many literacy and creative activities taking place in the shop itself, we plan on building 10 Little Libraries as well as 10 Recycled Libraries (with help from our good friends Bulky Bob) and will donate them to our local community to create a network of Little Libraries.
The library has been set up in Unit 28a, next to Argos in the Shopping Centre.
If you would like a Little Library please contact Gateacre School on;
0151 235 1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK DONATION 2015
Belle Vale Shopping Centre is working in association with Gateacre School to promote literacy amongst children in the community.
There will be various events held in the centre over the coming months, that will tie in with World Book Day in March 2015.
We are starting the project by asking the local community to donate their unwanted books to Belle Vale, that will be used by the children as part of this project.
Details of all events will be advertised in the centre and on the centre media sites.