Thousands of students in over 100 schools will unite today (Wednesday 06 February 2013) to celebrate National Libraries Day and set a new Guinness World Record in collaboration with award-winning author Matt Haig.
Supported by school librarians, students in schools across the UK will take part in “Parallel Universes”, a story-writing workshop that will attempt to break the world record for the most people writing a story. Author and recently appointed writer-in-residence for Booktrust, Haig has written the start of a story, the students will then take over and finish writing the story themselves.
Matt Haig said “This is a brilliant initiative and I am extremely proud to be part of it. I wish everybody the best of luck and cannot wait to read some of the fantastic, creative and wacky ways in which the children finish the story.”
Barbara Band, Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and Parallel Universes organiser says: “As well as celebrating National Libraries Day, this is a wonderful opportunity to involve students in an event that shows how reading and writing can be fun and exciting!
Libraries are not just about books, every day school librarians are find new and innovative ways such as this to promote a reading for pleasure culture throughout the whole school.”