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Salisbury Library to mark World Book Day on Thursday 7 March with a display and talks

THE RSA (Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), literacy charity 'Read Easy' and Salisbury Library are joining forces to celebrate World Book Day on 7 March – to show that people can learn to read at any age.


 At the Read Easy display in Salisbury Library are, from left: volunteer recruiter Ann Greaves, team leader Julia West, co-ordinator supporter Caroline Finch, co-ordinator Jocelyn Pannett,

senior library assistant Darren Wells and publicity organiser Dickie Bellringer

Called 'Spreading the Word', there will be a Read Easy display in the library all day and at 3.30pm in the Lounge area on the first floor there will be short talks by Neil Beagrie of the RSA, community library manager Philip Tomes and Read Easy team leader Julia West.

Neil, who leads the RSA Salisbury network, said: “Our aims for the day are to raise awareness, to build links with other community organisations and volunteers and to help adults who have difficulty with reading and all the other social challenges that this brings.”

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions followed by a round table discussion.

Read Easy South and East Wiltshire is a volunteer organisation, affiliated to the national charity Read Easy. They provide free, confidential, one-to-one reading coaching for adults. The group has 11 people being helped with their reading aged from 25 to 79. It is thought that 11,000 people in the area may need help with their reading.

For 260 years the RSA has been campaigning for social change. From its inception it has supported new inventions, ideas and education and is committed to a world that is resilient, rebalanced and regenerative, where everyone can fulfil their potential.

Salisbury Library is at the heart of the city and has a range of books to help people with their reading.

Read Easy is looking to recruit a reader coach in Tidworth, an administrator/secretary, a venues organiser and a deputy literacy specialist, a role that likely to suit someone with a teaching background. For more information on any of these roles, please contact Ann at




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