Celebrate the joys of reading at borough's librariesBy Victoria Smith
June 11, 2012
A national reading scheme marking its 20th birthday will be celebrated in Wokingham this month.
Borough libraries are holding story time sessions to celebrate 20 years of Bookstart, a campaign aiming to get young people reading.
To mark the 20th anniversary, Bookstart will be encouraging the nation’s families to share books by asking parents and carers to pledge to share 20 books with their children this year. Bookstart is the world-renowned national early reading scheme which gives free books to babies and toddlers.
In its 20 years the programme has given away 30 million free books.
Head of Wokingham libraries Richard Alexander said: “Learning to read is a vital part of a child’s development, and doing it together as a family can encourage important bonds to develop.
“This scheme is a fantastic introduction for children into the magical world of books and I would encourage everyone, whether they have young or older children, to take part.”
More than 4,000 under fives in Wokingham have received Bookstart packs in libraries during 2011/12.
For more information about the scheme and events happening locally, drop into your nearest library.