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Learning From Football

Captain Canary meets youngsters

Author Tom Palmer at the Football event

Author Tom Palmer visited Hethersett Library as part of the Canary Reading Stars project.  

Using the appeal of football, Canary Reading Stars aims to encourage families to visit their local library and, through a series of fun football related activities, challenges them to give reading a try.  

The project has come about thanks to a partnership between Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norwich City Football Club, Norwich City Study Centre and Waterstones Book Sellers. 

Tom Palmer, author of football related children’s books and a specialist in encouraging boys to read, prepared a fun football quiz for the families. The more questions they got right, the more penalties the children got to take. The penalty shoot-out took place inside the library using a softball with Community Librarian Ben Miller keeping goal. The winner received a trophy. Tom also answered questions about his writing and his life and admitted that it was football magazines and books that first got him hooked on reading.  

The first session of the day featured a visit from Captain Canary who helped welcome the families to the project.