Merton has become the first borough in London to launch the library and schools membership scheme which gives every child in the borough access to first class reading materials. With all 44 primary schools in Merton having signed up, there has been growing national interest into the project.
The libraries and schools membership scheme has issued every primary school student with a library card with the aim of encouraging children and families to use their local libraries to read independently both at home and at school to improve literacy skills. Regular class visits have also been established with schools so that every child has the opportunity to engage with their local library.
National Literacy Trust research shows that giving children access to books and developing a love of reading are key to improving a child’s life chances. The research also showed that children who regularly use libraries are more likely to achieve higher levels of achievement in their careers.
With all Merton libraries taking part in National Libraries Day on February 6 and a range of activities on offer for both adults and children, it is the perfect opportunity for children to get down to their local libraries and utilise all the activities that are on offer.
Councillor Nick Draper said: “We take the education of our children very seriously and the fact that we’re the first Council in London to launch such a scheme is a testament to that. We encourage parents to utilise this scheme by taking their children to their local library and exploring all the activities and variety of resources that are on offer.”