Creative kids Skoob-up library prizes

Creative kids from across the county are competition winners after helping Renfrewshire Libraries with a new initiative.

‘The Skoobs’ are a bunch of colourful characters created by Renfrewshire Libraries to encourage children to read more. Lurking on the library shelves, the animations are designed to attract the eye of younger borrowers.


Until recently, all they lacked were their own names but a competition over the Easter school holidays saw hundreds of local kids suggest what they could be called.

Nine children were picked out as winners after coming up with the names chosen for each of the nine Skoobs.

Lochwinnoch-based children’s author Franzeska G Ewart was one of the competition judges.

Franzeska said: “It was a real honour to be asked to judge and great fun reading all of the hugely-imaginative names that were submitted.

“Ideas like The Skoobs are so good because they help give children a feeling of involvement with books.”

Councillor James Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s sport, leisure and culture policy board, presented the winners with their prizes.

Councillor Harte said: “It’s always encouraging to see how keen Renfrewshire children are to take part in competitions like this and it was great to meet the winners and see how enthusiastic they are.”

“Congratulations to all of the winners and I hope they’ll enjoy the pleasure of a lifetime of reading!”

The winners received a T-shirt each featuring the Skoob they had successfully named and a certificate.

Competition winners were:
* Molly Wishart, aged 6, Newmains PS
* Cameron Morton, aged 8, Brediland PS
* Kate Beverland, aged 10, Lochwinnoch PS
* Max Ralston, aged 6, Kirklandneuk PS
* Olivia Vanni, aged 5, Thorn PS
* Chloe Termini, aged 10, St Paul’s PS
* Aisling Murray, aged 8, Bridge of Weir PS
* Amy Beverland, aged 8, Lochwinnoch PS
* Angel McCallum, aged 7, West PS