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Do your under 5's love books? Reading Libraries launch new book club

 I have two little boys, both under 5 and they both love books.  Since learning to walk the youngest has loves nothing more than toddling over with a book, climbing on my knee and expecting a story.  I have taken them to Battle Library since they were very young and now the eldest will choose some books for us to share.

When I read the press release below my first thought was 'What a great idea'.  Sharing books with your children is a lovely and valuable thing to do and children should be encouraged to enjoy books from an early age.  Both my boys will be joining The Little Explorers Book Club.

All You Can Read Buffet at Reading Libraries

Reading Borough Council Press Release

Reading Libraries are challenging children aged 5 years and under to an all you can read buffet, as it launches its brand new scheme, 'The Little Explorers Book Club.'

Young children can join the scheme, which has been cooked up by Reading Libraries, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, at any Reading Borough library - all they need is their library cards. The children will then be issued with a collector's card which will be stamped every time they visit a library and feast themselves on new books. After six stamps, members of the book club will receive a certificate and be entered into a monthly prize draw.

Local children's author, Cathy MacLennan, will be helping to launch the event at Battle's children's library, Oxford Road on Tuesday 13th March, between 2pm and 3pm. Ms MacLennan will be reading from her book 'Monkey Monkey Monkey' and there will be a chance to ask her about her work..

Reading Borough Council's Lead Councillor for Culture and Sport, Marian Livingston, said:

'It's vitally important that we encourage our young people not only to read more, but to enjoy reading. I believe this book club does just that.

'I also hope this new book club helps our young children to discover the vital resource which is our libraries.'

For more information please contact Battle Library on 0118 9015100.

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