Merton Launches London's First School Library Membership Scheme

Aim for local children to develop a love of literacy

Merton has become the first borough in London to launch the library and schools membership scheme which gives every child in the borough a library card.

The libraries and schools membership scheme has issued the cards to pupils at all 44 primaries with the aim of encouraging children and families to use their local libraries to read independently both at home and at school.

Regular class visits have also been established with schools so children have more 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.

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.”

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February 8, 2016