Leeds libraries add their support to 'Just Read' campaign

Sent on behalf of The Reading Agency

Leeds Library and Information Service has announced its support of Good Morning Britain’s ‘Just Read’ campaign, to encourage parents and carers to spend ten minutes reading with their children every day. The campaign will see Beeston library giving away 50 copies of bestselling book Diary of a Wimpy Kid to local children on Saturday 13th September.

Beeston library is one of 200 libraries across the UK taking part in the ‘Just Read’ giveaway which is supported by national charity The Reading Agency and children’s publisher Puffin.

The giveaway 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. As well as the giveaway, children who visit the library between 12.30 – 2pm on 13th September will be able to enjoy special Diary of a Wimpy Kid themed activities. ‘Just Read’ looks to highlight how parents and carers can promote the simple but invaluable activity of reading to youngsters.

This exciting campaign follows a wonderful summer of reading at Leeds Libraries as thousands of children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge. This unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK, saw MPs, libraries, schools and a host of well-known children’s authors including Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo, encourage children aged 4-11 to join the library and read for pleasure during the summer holidays. As The Reading Agency says: everything changes when we read.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"Leeds libraries undertake a range of events throughout the year to encourage and promote reading for young people, and we are delighted to provide our support to the ‘Just Read’ campaign.

"As part of the initiative, we will be providing a number of fun activities for both parents and youngsters to enjoy at Beeston Library on Saturday and giving away free copies of the popular children’s book ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’."

Notes to editors:

Beeston Library:

Address: Town Street


Leeds LS11 8PN

Tel: 0113 378 1849

JUST READ, Good Morning Britain, ITV, Monday 8th - Friday 12th September, 6-8.30am. www.itv.com/gmb

The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It runs big programmes and partnerships across the whole library network. It is funded by the Arts Council. Visit www.readingagency.org.uk for more information.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk