This week Barbara supported World Book Day and its ‘Share a Story’ campaign, encouraging parents and carers to read with their children for ten minutes a day. 

World Book Day is an occasion to celebrate reading; the charity aims to give every child and young person a book of their own. It is marked by over 100 different countries and celebrates authors, illustrators, and books.  

Libraries are at the hearts of our communities and they are engines of opportunity and social mobility. However, almost a decade of Tory austerity has taken its toll on our public library services, with closures, staff cuts, and fewer opening hours. 

Barbara says: 

World Book Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading. As a child I read books avidly and although a lot of reading is now on policies rather than stories, I am pleased to support and promote World Book Day.  

“Sharing stories together, at home, at school, on a bus or anywhere you can, for just 10 minutes a day, has positive and long-lasting effects on a child’s future.” 

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