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Poole libraries help get children reading

Poole Central Library will be giving away copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to encourage local children to share a love of reading.

In partnership with ITV Good Morning Britain and supporting the ‘Just Read’ campaign, the library will be giving away 50 copies of bestselling book Diary of a Wimpy Kid to local children on Saturday 13 September.

Central library staff give away free books

Poole Central library is one of 200 libraries across the UK taking part in the ‘Just Read’ giveaway, supported by national charity The Reading Agency and children’s publisher Puffin. The campaign encourages parents and carers to spend ten minutes reading with their children every day.

The giveaway at Poole Central Library will highlight how vital libraries are for the nation’s literacy and that books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid can really help children on their reading journey.

Millions of children are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jeff Kinney’s work is perfect for turning reluctant readers on to books. With 50% words and 50% cartoons, the books are 100% hilarious and children agree – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck was voted by children as ‘Favourite Book’ in the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

As well as the giveaway, children who visit Poole Central library on 13 September will be able to enjoy a special Diary of a Wimpy Kid themed Craft Club with games, activities and refreshments. Craft Club happens every Saturday at Poole Central Library between 11and 12noon but this one will be extra special!

Cllr Xena Dion, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Community Learning, Borough of Poole said: “It is hugely important for children to enjoy books as reading helps develop concentration and focus as well as their imagination. This campaign is a fantastic opportunity for them to own a copy of Diary of A Wimpy Kid and open up a world of stories and characters to explore. I would encourage parents and carers to visit the library and read a book with their child, one of the most pleasurable activities you can share."

This exciting campaign follows a wonderful summer of reading at Poole Libraries as thousands of children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to join the library and read for pleasure during the summer holidays.