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