Chatting was banned recently for children who attend Chatterbooks sessions at local libraries - in a bid to raise funds for charity.
The seven to 11 year olds, who meet up once a month to discuss books and take part in a wide range of book related activities, took part in a ‘zip it’ sponsored silence this month for the Young Shelterbox charity.
They were inspired following a visit from a representative who talked to them about the charity’s work to provide shelter and other essential aid to families fleeing conflict in Syria.
The young people wanted to get involved in helping provide these families with vital equipment such as tents, cooking utensils, water purification tablets, fleece blankets, tool kits and other supplies. By taking part in a sponsored silence, the youngsters hoped to buy a number of Shelterboxes for those in need.
Children who attend the Chatterbooks sessions at Brookwood Library in Bearsden and Milngavie Library have already held ‘zip it’ sponsored silences and £170 has been raised so far.
East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust Chair, Scott Hill said: “The Chatterbooks sessions are a great success, with children coming together to share their love of books and take part in some exciting activities.
“Occasionally the children receive visits from authors, publishers and other interesting speakers and it was through one of these that the young people found out about the work of Young Shelterbox.”
If you would like to find out more about Chatterbooks sessions pop into your local library or visit www.edlc.co.uk