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Friday, June 17, 2011

The British Library praises the Evening Standard Get London Reading Campaign (UK)

As one of the world's greatest libraries, the British Library occupies an important place in the cultural life of the nation. On 6 June, 2011 the Evening Standard launched their Get London Reading Campaign aimed at tackling London's crisis in illiteracy. The British Library has been involved in our primary school Reader Volunteer initiative for the last eight years, and currently has 23 staff volunteers taking part in the scheme. Our Reader Volunteers spend half an hour a week during their lunchtime in a primary school reading with a child chosen by the school. For the children this scheme provides a valuable opportunity – the chance to get extra support and individual attention from another adult. Volunteers are there to give one-to-one encouragement to their reading partner, helping them to relax, gain confidence and enjoy their reading. For our staff, it is an opportunity to make a difference and inspire children to enhance their learning and knowledge through the joy of reading. We would like to take this opportunity to wish the Evening Standard the very best in their campaign

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