Read On. Get On. in Glasgow this summer
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Read On. Get On. in Glasgow this summer

Councillor Archie Graham joined First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP at Gorbals Library today (Wednesday), to recognise the achievements of children taking part in the Save the Children Read On. Get On. campaign.

Children from the local area were treated to exciting Toddlers Tales and storytelling sessions, plus arts and crafts activities designed to encourage and develop a love of reading at a young age, as part of the Glasgow-wide Read On. Get On. Bookcase Tour.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow Libraries are delighted to showcase the Read On. Get On. Bookcase Tour and activities, to help create a culture of family reading in the city. 

“We know that reading for just ten minutes a day can make a vital difference to the literacy levels of young children, and can help them to become lifelong book enthusiasts. With libraries very often at the heart of their communities I’m delighted that here in our 33 community libraries we are able to offer an exciting, year-round programme of events and activities, such as the Read On. Get On. tour, to encourage children to explore the world of books.”

The First Minister said: “I’m very pleased to support this campaign. Reading can open up a whole new world to children and it’s great to see children in my constituency benefitting from the Bookcase Tour.”

Read On. Get On. is a nationwide campaign delivered by Save the Children, aims to support all children in Scotland to read well by the age of 11. The campaign is built on a belief that reading is critical to improving the wider life chances of children - children first learn to read; then they read to learn.

Running across the west of Scotland throughout July and August, the Read On. Get On. Bookcase Tour provides families with a range of resources designed to inspire young readers including posters, leaflets, stickers, tips for parents to help little ones get ready to read, and interactive activities to help nurture reading skills. 

In Glasgow, the tour will be popping up at some of the city’s key literacy hotspots - Drumchapel, Possilpark, Parkhead, Barmulloch, Gorbals and Castlemilk Libraries, providing families with a series of interactive sessions throughout July.

Neil Mathers from Save the Children said: “The Bookcase Tour has been a fantastic way to promote the Read On. Get On. campaign and to get children and families involved. The early years are the ‘golden years’ for supporting child development, especially where language is concerned. Too many of our poorest children are behind at age five.

“If we don’t do more to help all children develop strong language skills by the time they start school, this is the sticking point that could jeopardise the Scottish Government’s own goals on closing the attainment gap in schools. But with the right support from the start, children can overcome the impact of poverty.”

The range of services offered at Glasgow Libraries has grown considerably throughout its history.  In recent years, Glasgow Libraries has transformed its services to allow people of all ages to participate in a vast array of activities and events, together with the more traditional services associated with a library.  

Throughout the summer holidays Glasgow Libraries are running a number of exciting new activities and initiatives to encourage children to read more, a time when children’s reading levels can dip with potentially damaging effect.

Additional activities to support young Glaswegians to read well this summer include the innovative Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge programme of events. Co-ordinated by national charity The Reading Agency, in partnership with library services and Tesco Bank, the Summer Reading Challenge Scotland involves children aged 4-12 joining the library and reading six books during the summer holidays. 

Each year the Challenge is based around an exciting new theme to inject fun and creativity, motivating children to read for pleasure. This year’s theme “Record Breakers” invites children to discover some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records Books. 

Delivered across the city, the Challenge creates opportunities for young people to engage with reading at all 32 Community Libraries, and the iconic Mitchell Library, complementing the Read On. Get On. provision at the six libraries identified as literacy hotspots and ensuring there are reading initiatives available for all young people.

To support young people to engage in activities such as the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge and Read On, Get On, young Glaswegians can borrow books from any of Glasgow’s 32 community libraries, and the iconic Mitchell Library, by signing up for a free Glasgow Library card or Kidz Card at their local library.

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