Apprentice Finalist Supports Children's Readathon

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More than 200 local schoolchildren took part in a five hour ‘readathon’ to mark the opening of The Hive in Worcester.

Well-known faces, including Nick Holzherr from the BBC’s The Apprentice, read extracts from traditional and modern children’s classics in celebration of the new £60m library facility.

The Hive is Europe’s first joint university and public library and has been developed through a joint venture between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council. Other guest readers, including the Mayoress of Worcester and ITV Central’s Sameena Ali-Khan, joined the local schoolchildren in the specially designed children’s library within The Hive for a day of storytelling.

Guest reader Nick Holzherr commented: “The Hive is a great new addition to Worcestershire, and seeing all the local children come through the doors excited about reading has made this a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

“Giving children the opportunity to read and learn in an environment such as this is incredibly important, and many of them have already promised to return very soon! The new facilities are fantastic and The Hive presents some really exciting opportunities for the local community.”

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, added: “The reading relay is a shining example of what we want to do at The Hive. It is so important to us that we support children in developing a passion for reading and telling stories and we plan to keep this going with plenty of fun and exciting activities. We want The Hive to be an inspiring place that everyone in the local community can enjoy.”

In addition to a public library, The Hive also houses the University of Worcester library, the Worcestershire Record Office, Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service and the Worcestershire Hub Customer Service Centre. All facilities are available for members of the public and students.