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Joypads and Wizards Go Hand in Hand at the Wiend
Tuesday 24th January, 2006

Joypads and Wizards Go Hand in Hand at the Wiend

Joypads and Wizards Go Hand in Hand at the Wiend

Game console geniuses and young fiction enthusiasts will be packing into the Wiend Children’s Centre and other libraries across the Wigan Borough this February as Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust launch two schemes aimed to make libraries more exciting.

The trust’s Libraries Service is running a Play Station 2 (PS2) competition at ten libraries. The winner of each heat will be invited to take part in a grand final at the Wiend Children’s Centre in February, that will establish who is the console king of the borough. The winners of each heat will receive prizes, with the overall victor winning a Play Station Portable (PSP).

Heats will take place at the following libraries on the following dates:

WiganSaturday 4th Feb10am - 12pm
AthertonMonday 6th Feb3.30pm - 5.30pm
InceMonday 6th Feb3.30pm - 5.30pm
GolborneTuesday 7th Feb3.30pm - 5.30pm
AbramTuesday 7th Feb3.30pm - 5.30pm
HindleyWednesday 8th Feb 3.30pm - 5.30pm
LeighThursday 9th Feb3.30pm - 5.30pm
Marsh Green Thursday 9th Feb3.30pm - 5.30pm
TyldesleyThursday 9th Feb3.30pm - 5.30pm
WiendSaturday 11th Feb1pm – 3pm

The competition is open to all young people aged ten to sixteen. Those wishing to take part can simply turn up at their participating library at the times listed above. Entry is free at all venues and participants will be able to queue for another try if they think they can better their initial score.

“Following the huge success of the Playstation 2 competition that we ran last year, we have decided to hold it again and open up to even more libraries. We are sure it will prove as popular as 2005,” says Andrew Pickup, Centre Manager at the Wiend. “The competition is a great way of getting young people into libraries and gives us an opportunity to showcase the library’s other services to young people.”

Proving that the Wiend is also still a place for young people to enjoy reading, a brand new reading group for ten to fourteen-year-olds starts in February. The group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning on 1st February, to discuss their favourite reads from Harry Potter to the Chronicles of Narnia. The group will have the chance to make new friends and have the first choice of the Wiend’s latest books.

"Reading is such an important part of life and it is essential that we give young people the opportunity to discuss what books interest them. Both of these schemes give us a great opportunity to show young people that libraries are places for them,” continues Andrew. “When they aren't reading or on the PS2s they can access the internet, read teen magazines or check out our CD and DVD collections for a loan."

For further information, contact the Wiend Children’s Centre on 01942 828104.

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