An 11 year old girl’s quest to save her local library, and that of others across Liverpool, speaks volumes about the power of books and the importance of reading for pleasure in an often technology-focused society.
Elysce Hastie loves to visit a library in her spare time, an experience she often shares with her Mum. Now with the library under the threat of closure due to local authority funding challenges, she is actively campaigning to keep this provision available so she can continue to indulge her passion.
“I have read hundreds of books and love finding new ones in my library. I think it would be an awful thing to take away the books from people. If I do become an author when I am older, people should be able to visit the libraries and read my stories.”
Her campaign has already received backing from over 3000 signatories and Elysce hopes that her petition and the wealth of local support will make Liverpool City Council reconsider its decision to close eleven of the city’s much loved libraries, simply to save money.
The funding of libraries, both in the local community and in schools, is an area of constant review and in many cases reductions lead to closures of provisions and staff cuts. Elysce’s frustration at the policy of the local authority is shared by many including ourselves, and poses the question;
“…why encourage children to read, and spend lots of money getting them interested in it, and all of a sudden take it away!!”
The National Curriculum for English states in its ‘Purpose of Study’ that;
“Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.”
These UK Government guidelines summarize perfectly the importance and benefits of instilling children with a love of reading to be nurtured into adulthood and Pandora Books recognises the value of books, ensuring that every customer receives quality resources at affordable prices.
Reading for Pleasure is all about providing children with books that they cannot wait to pick up, dive into and share with their friends. We offer Reading for Pleasure book collections for Years 3-6 as well as Developing, Reluctant and Confident Reader selections. Our aim is to encourage this key skill which is essential to a child’s development.
Motivating children to read can be a challenge for teachers and parents alike. Therefore accessible resources in schools, in the home environment and in public facilities are essential. When a child herself makes a stand like this, it does beg the question as to whether adults are listening carefully enough to the views of the younger generation.
Support Elysce’s campaign today > http://bit.ly/10x6dY5