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On Tuesday, 21 January, organisations and schools from across the city will be gathering at Liverpool Central Library to officially launch a 12-month celebration that’s set to get everyone enjoying the magic of reading.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has designated 2020 to be the year of #LiverpoolReads in a bid to improve literacy across the city.
And everyone will be encouraged to get involved. Whether it’s parents reading to the youngest children to get them excited about stories, or grown-ups who may not have picked up a book since they left school there will be something for everyone throughout the year.
The launch will kickstart #LiverpoolReads and it will be a celebration of the work of organisations and schools in Liverpool which are already inspiring people to spend some quality time with the written word
Partners working with Liverpool City Council include Edge Hill University, The Reader, Liverpool Learning Partnership, and Comics Youth, a Liverpool-based creative community organisation that supports marginalised young people across the city region.
#LiverpoolReads is also supported by national charity the Reading Agency which promotes the benefits of reading for children and adults across the country.
Upcoming initiatives will see the launch of a My First Library Card for children next month, sponsored by Edge Hill University, as well as a reading competition backed by Kathryn Jackson, lead governor on the council of governors at Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Hospital Trust.
Cllr Barbara Murray, cabinet member for education, employment and skills, said: “We’re very excited to be able to launch #LiverpoolReads and we’re looking forward to 12 months of working together with our partners to get everyone’s head in a book!
“We want everyone in the city to discover, or re-discover, the joys of reading for pleasure but, where we can, we also want that pleasure to have a purpose – it is so important to read with children as soon as possible and we will be working with children’s centres later in the year.
“Reading is now a vital life skill that everyone must have to be successful in life – whether it’s using online services or getting texts from friends, and we will be using all avenues open to us this year to create a city of confident, engaged readers.”
Construction company Willmott Dixon is sponsoring refreshments for the launch which are supplied by Wirral-based surplus food charity Neo Community.
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