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Issue:- 8 May 2014

Twin Girls Write Alzheimer's Charity Single

19 year old twins Mona and Lisa have written and recorded a charity single for the Alzheimer Society's Awareness week that runs from 18 May to 24 May 2014. Based in Birkdale, the twins are already established singer/songwriters with a huge internet following across the world, and 2 albums to their name. They were inspired to write the song after losing their grandmother to the disease. The single will be released on 19 May 2014, at the Alzheimer's Awareness event staged at Burnley Football Club and broadcast by the BBC. Take a look and listen at them on YouTube.

Leafing through books in the park

A special area designed to be used by children and adults for reading opens at Croxteth Park in Liverpool on Friday, 9 May 2014. The Reading Space is the 1st of 5 which it is hoped will be developed in parks across the City, using the natural environment to encourage children and adults to read outdoors. It has been designed by students at Myerscough College, with seating made from tree trunks and is split into a number of distinct areas; the Den, the Lawn, the Field, the Circle and the Nook. The initiative is part of the City of Readers campaign, which aims to make Liverpool the foremost reading City in the Country. Pupils from a number of local primary schools – Wellesbourne, Emmaus and Our Lady and St Swithin's; will be the 1st to use it this Friday for a special reading lunch, dubbed a 'booknic'. During the event, children will be taking part in reading activities led by 6th formers at West Derby and Broughton Hall High Schools on a special 'reading train'.

Councillor Lana Orr, Mayoral Lead for Reading, said:- "We are fortunate enough to be blessed with fantastic parks in Liverpool, and this is a simple and effective way of encouraging old and young alike to use our open spaces for reading. This is a really great scheme which we hope will get enable people to come together in a park to share their love of literature. Reading is a lifelong habit and through the City of Readers campaign we hope to encourage it at an early age and get children and parents reading together."

A special reading kit has been devised which will be loaned to schools. It includes lanterns and other props to help bring literature to life, as well as a guide to reading outdoors and a journal to record and celebrate activities. Students from Myerscough College have also launched a lunchtime book club and will be using the space as well.  At the launch, a competition will be held for pupils to name the new reading space. For more information about City of Readers, visit their website.

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