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Government Promotes Child Library Membership

Government Promotes Child Library Membership

5th March 2015 

The Bookseller

The government has announced plans to improve literacy by promoting public library membership in primary schools. But the move has had a mixed reaction, with campaigner Laura Swaffield describing the news as a “bad joke for World Book Day”.The government has put together an action plan, entitled Reading: The Next Steps, that urges all primary schools to arrange library membership for year 3 pupils (aged 7-8). 

It is also setting up a fund of £200,000 to support up to 200 primary schools, where reading attainment is low, to set up book clubs, and is providing £570,000 of funding for the poetry recitation competition Poetry by Heart, which is run by Sir Andrew Motion and the Poetry Archive.

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