Valerie supports campaign for every child to join local library

I support the campaign run by The Reading Agency to encourage all children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches across England and Wales on Saturday 15 July 2017.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents, and the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross has created this year’s exclusive artwork.

Last year 3,633 children in Walsall took part. I hope we can increase that number this year and remind local libraries what a valuable asset they are to us and our community.

Research shows the Summer Reading Challenge increases children’s reading range and their enjoyment of reading significantly. It builds confidence and independent reading, while preventing a dip in children’s literacy levels during the long break from school.

I am outraged that Pleck, Pheasey and South Walsall Library are due to close on 30 June 2017. Local libraries are a valuable asset to the community which is why I have raised this matter a number of times with the Council and the Government. It is vital that we continue to use and support our libraries.

To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge all children need to do is visit their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.

I will continue to support our local libraries so that every child in Walsall South has the opportunity to explore the world of literature and develop their reading skills.

You can find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge here: