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Top ten reasons why people should use the library to help children’s literacy

Boys looking at a bookMedway Libraries mission is to engender a love of reading and encourage reading for pleasure.

  • Medway Libraries currently has 15,080 active child borrowers and 2,532 teen borrowers. A total of 422,985 children’s items and 38,359 teen items were borrowed from Medway Libraries last year.
  • Medway Libraries has a collection of 35,860 children’s books in 16 libraries and two mobile libraries across the heart of the community with further access to 12 other library authorities books.
  • Medway Libraries (in partnership with Bookstart, Medway Register office and 120 preschools) will deliver 7,006 Bookstart gifts (free books) to Medway’s children in 2013-14 offering the best start in life.
  • 22,915 children and young people attended events and activities in Medway Libraries in 2012-13 ranging from Baby Bounce and Rhyme through to Story time and Chatterbooks; enjoying learning about language, stories, books and authors and having fun with literacy.
  • Medway Libraries Outreach team works among 19 children’s centres, 120 preschools, 85 primary schools, four special schools, 18 secondary schools and a wide range of partner groups and organisations.
  • The Summer Reading Challenge (the Reading Agency’s national programme which invites children to read six books over the summer) is key in Medway Libraries with approximately 3,000 children taking part each year, receiving free prizes as incentives to reach their reading goal.
  • Medway Libraries is currently lending 1,950 picture books to Medway preschools as part of our preschool box scheme including dual language books which reflect the different languages spoken within the community.
  • 318 membership cards are currently used for literacy leaders allowing childminders, preschool workers, teachers and tutors the opportunity to borrow books to share with their groups.
  • Medway Libraries staff offer literacy advice and guidance to parents and carers, encouraging talking and reading with children of all ages and providing a wide range of materials to help stimulate young minds and book sharing.
  • Medway Libraries helps with homework and study, providing books, online resources, WIFI, computers, printing and photocopying resources.