Get ready for the reading rush

Merton libraries are preparing to welcome new members as part of the national initiative Join a Library Day, which takes place on Saturday 26 April. The campaign, supported by all libraries across England, encourages parents, children and young people to sign up and discover the joys of reading.

From this Friday, the first 600 people to join any library in Merton will receive a free copy of the National Year of Reading’s The Ultimate Book Guide – a selection of some of the best children’s and teenage reads from picture books to novels – and a library welcome pack with information on the services and resources available.

The library membership campaign is a partnership between The Reading Agency, The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the Society of Chief Librarians. Its aim is to recruit 350,000 members throughout the country over the next year.

It marks the start of a diverse and on-going programme of activities in libraries across the country throughout 2008 – the National Year of Reading, which include events such as festivals and author visits. Full details can be found at

Simon Williams, Director of Community and Housing, says: ‘The council is putting its residents first by reminding them of all the possibilities libraries across the borough have to offer. This is a great opportunity for people in Merton to join their local library and explore all the benefits membership can bring.’