Librarians set for special Book Bus trip to Zambia

Susan Cassie, Susan McKay and Marcia Brown with Sue Clapham and Fiona Gillies
Susan Cassie, Susan McKay and Marcia Brown with Sue Clapham and Fiona Gillies

A TEAM of Aberdeenshire’s top librarians and book enthusiasts are visiting Africa to inspire youngsters to engage with books.

The group will head off to Zambia this month to volunteer with the Book Bus charity, which aims to provide increased opportunities for reading in Africa, Asia and South America.

Aberdeenshire Libraries staff Fiona Gillies, Sue Clapham, Susan Cassie and Susan McKay will be joined by book enthusiast Marcia Brown to take on the challenge for 2013.

The charity has provided reading materials to over 5,000 children, with the aim to reach 10,000 by 2015.

The team will spend two weeks in Zambia where they will travel across the African country on a bus filled with books, visiting schools and communities along the way.

The five have been findraising for over a year, with a readathon held across North Aberdeenshire last month.

Susan McKay said: “We are all really excited and can’t wait to go out to Zambia and help make a big difference in the lives of these youngsters.

“Reading is something close to our hearts and we hope that by taking part in this challenge, we can provide materials to the children who need it most, improving literacy skills and allowing youngsters to engage with books.”

Fiona Gillies added: “I am looking forward to meeting and working with local people in Zambia and seeing for myself the contribution Book Bus makes to children’s education in this part of the world.

“We want to make a difference and I feel the collective experience we all have of reading and books will enable us to do that.”

More information on the Book Bus Challenge can be found on their website at www.thebookbus.org.