As one of the world’s greatest libraries, the British Library occupies an important place in the cultural life of the nation.
On 6 June, 2011 the Evening Standard launched their Get London Reading Campaign aimed at tackling London’s crisis in illiteracy.
The British Library has been involved in our primary school Reader Volunteer initiative for the last eight years, and currently has 23 staff volunteers taking part in the scheme.
Our Reader Volunteers spend half an hour a week during their lunchtime in a primary school reading with a child chosen by the school.
For the children this scheme provides a valuable opportunity – the chance to get extra support and individual attention from another adult. Volunteers are there to give one-to-one encouragement to their reading partner, helping them to relax, gain confidence and enjoy their reading.
For our staff, it is an opportunity to make a difference and inspire children to enhance their learning and knowledge through the joy of reading.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish the Evening Standard the very best in their campaign.
If you would like to know more about our Reader Volunteer programme or any other of our Corporate Social Responsibility projects, please visit http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/csr/index.html
The British Library
is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs,
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