Thursday, 17 August 2017

Read all about it

August is a busy month for tourism and visitors home and abroad. Whether you are on holiday at home or away it is often the time when people manage to read a book or even two and nowadays there is so much choice.

For many of us we were introduced to books and reading either by being read to at home, the bedtime story as it used to be known, or at school. Whatever way for many it fired an interest in reading that stays with us throughout life so we can enjoy the written word whatever genre it happens to be.

Through reading we can explore and learn so much as well as it being a relaxing way to spend time.

That’s why I am so delighted with this year’s reading scheme in our libraries. This has become an annual event at our libraries where we challenge young people to read six books throughout their summer holidays. This year we’ve added parents to the challenge, challenging them to read three books. We’ve even added an extra incentive to be entered in to a competition to win an iPad if they and their children meet the challenge. We might be some way through the summer holidays but the competition runs until September 16, so you’ve still got time.

I remember just how hard it was to make time to read with my children when you’re a busy parent. However now they are older I have such fond memories of the times I did spend reading with them and perhaps, even more importantly, they still talk about the stories and verses we read together.

Our libraries are such brilliant places. No longer places to just host books but one of the few remaining places where anyone in our community can come and have free access to knowledge. They bring communities together.

Reading is one of my greatest pleasures. If you are a parent, carer or grandparent, whisk your charge along to your nearest library and sign them up for the challenge. They can use that iPad to reserve some more library books!