Give the gift of reading this Christmas

Manchester Central Library Development Trust have teamed up with Read Manchester to make a difference to children and young people in Manchester this Christmas.

 The ‘Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas’ campaign was launched last year and aims to gift books and other educational resources to Children in Manchester from low socio-economic backgrounds.  

Last year Manchester Libraries and Read Manchester raised £4,000 to buy new books for children and young people in Manchester as part of their Book Gifting Campaign.  This year the campaign hopes to raise more money so they can continue their work to help children and young people discover the joy of reading.  

This year the team have a target of £5,000. All the money raised will be given to Read Manchester to buy books for children. You can donate to their just giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/mancbookgift .  

Since the first lockdown in March 2020, 75,000 books have been gifted.  Read Manchester also work with local community groups and schools to help children discover new books and other educational resources, develop reading skills and have the pleasure of owning their own books. 

Councillor Rabanawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Libraries, Leisure and Parks, said: 

“Children in the North have been adversely affected by the pandemic and owning books of their own has so many positive benefits. From 'together' time with parents or carers to developing language and communication skills; reading is an essential part of childhood. 

“Getting children reading is a great initiative that allows children to experience the joy of reading and allows them to immerse themselves into the world of books.  

“I am delighted that such a positive campaign is being held and encourage everyone to donate what they can to help engage children in reading”.  

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