Children encouraged to join the library for World Book Day

Children across Somerset will celebrate World Book Day with their local library on Thursday 5 March.

The aim of the Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own, and encouraging them to join the library where they can borrow books for free.

Children in schools across Somerset will receive a World Book Day £1 book token, which can be exchanged for one of the specially published World Book Day £1 books.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “Somerset Libraries work hard to get budding readers enthusiastic about reading all year around. World Book Day provides a great opportunity to celebrate reading and books and get all children involved by joining their local library. Children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers.”

Many schools will be taking classes of children to their local library to give them a flavour of what is on offer and getting the children signed up so that they can develop a love of reading.

Many libraries have regular storytimes and rhymetimes for pre-school children. On World Book Day these children will also be given a £1 book token.

Over 100 countries take part in World Book Day, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading.

More details about World Book Day can be found at http://www.worldbookday.com

More details about Storytime and Rhymetime at Somerset Libraries can be found at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries-and-heritage/using-the-library/library-storytimes-and-rhyme-times/