Now, I've always been an avid reader and love nothing better than curling up in bed Morecambe-and-Wise-style with a good book.
I take the children regularly to our local library, where they enjoy not only choosing books, but DVDs as well as entering competitions and such like. It's a fantastic local resource that looked to be in jeopardy once but in recent years, public useage of local libraries has happily increased once more.
In a stroke of genius, local libraries in Richmond have this summer been running a reading challenge, aimed at youngsters between four and eleven years old. It's soon to come to an end on September 11th, but so far over the summer months, some 400 children have taken part.
Challenged to read six or more books during the holidays, local children clearly got stuck in.
It's been a fun challenge for them to take part in, and a great way for them to get in the habit of visiting their local libraries.
I know one of my own childhood highlights was my dad taking me to the library, he to choose another murder mystery or science text book (varied tastes, my father), me to pour over comic books and adventure stories.
I'm hoping my children will grow up with similar memories...
For further information about local libraries in your part of Richmond Upon Thames, visit www.richmond.gov.uk/libraries
Silas Van Der Bas
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