Talia is a top teenage reader

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The month of March saw more teenagers introduced to the joy of reading, thanks to an initiative led by Aberdeenshire libraries.

The service designated March as Teenage Reading Month and showcased a vast array of books written especially for teenagers in Shire libraries and on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

A book review competition was run as part of this initiative and the following winners were presented with their prizes last week.

Kemnay Academy pupil Ewan Guild took first prize, while runner-ups were Talia Cook from Peterhead Academy and Hannah Rickman from Mearns Academy.

The winning reviews are available to read online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries/trm/index.asp.

All libraries in Aberdeenshire have designated Young Adult areas with both fiction and non-fiction to appeal to teenagers, as well as a selection of ebooks and audio books which can be downloaded free to mobile devices.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “The library service is delighted with the response they had to the on-line book review competition and my congratulations go to the winners.

“It is great to hear that young people are not only reading and enjoying books, but are also taking the time to put their opinions across on what they read.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Ron McKail, added: “We are keen to promote the facilities on offer in libraries across Aberdeenshire for young people.

“Not only is there a fantastic range of books, audio books and DVDs for leisure time but there is also a wealth of information ranging from health matters to homework help available.”

The Teenage Reading Month initiative was supported by Total Exploration & Production UK.

Sandra McIntosh, communications advisor for Total, added: “In today’s world of modern technology it is so refreshing to know that teenagers can find enjoyment from reading books and most importantly, use the excellent resources provided by their local library.

“On behalf of TOTAL E&P UK, many congratulations to this year’s winners and to providing inspiration to future young readers.”