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Libraries are about more than just books....

Volunteer with Dorset libraries

Libraries are more than just books; there is free wifi, 24/7 library services (e.g. renew and request books from home, download e-books and audio books for free), online magazines via Zinio, volunteering opportunities, places to chill out and meet friends.

Reading Well for young people - find shelf help in your local library

Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.

The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.

For more information see our Books on Prescription page.

Reading Well Books on Prescription (opens in a new window)

The Dorset Award and Dorset Award plus

The Dorset Award and Dorset Award Plus are available free to any young person in school in Dorset who is in year 7 or over for the Dorset Award, or in year 9 or over for the Dorset Award plus).

These awards recognise the achievements a young person has made during their contact with a youth project such as:

  • personal development, such as a change in behaviour, building self-esteem or leadership skills
  • making a positive contribution to their local community
  • learning a new skill
  • organising an activity or event

Poetry by Heart

Poetry by Heart (opens in a new window) is the poetry recitation competition for students in years 10-13 at schools and colleges in England.  It was launched by Sir Andrew Motion in 2012, with the Poetry Archive in partnership with The Full English.  The competition is aimed at engaging young people with a wide range of poetry past and present.

Get involved by speaking to your school's head of English to see if your school has registered and is participating.  County finals take place in February each year.

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