CHILDREN from a Prudhoe school have been using a travelling 'silence pod' to help them with their reading.

As part of the school's ongoing drive to promote reading for pleasure, the children at Prudhoe West Academy had two days of visits to Prudhoe Library last week.

The library is currently home to a silence pod - a small pod with a sound barrier which library users can go into to read a book or access an audio book on a screen. The pod is visiting the library this month, before it moves to Haltwhistle and Hexham libraries.

The youngsters were welcomed with a story from library staff and took part in book activities. They then took turns to enjoy some moments of silence in the sound-proofed pod while reading or listening to audio books.

Year 3 teacher Sylvia Dubery said: "The pod provided a welcome calming escape for the children to have some quiet time with a book. They also enjoyed exploring the library shelves to find the books of local authors whose names decorate the pod and have been inspired to widen their book choices."

* NOTE - waiting for names for pic