In Nottingham we know the importance of getting children reading early and reading often. This is why before I became Leader I was keen to promote and raise money for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library – a charity that provides free books every month to children in Nottingham.
As Leader I am keen to continue this work which is why next week councillors and myself will be going into school classes, assemblies, nursery groups and children’s centres to read to as many children as possible and raise at least £5000 to provide books to more children in our city.
The Imagination Library was set up in Nottingham in 2011 and is now running successfully in 10 of the city’s 20 wards. Supported by Nottingham Rotary Club, Small Steps Big Changes, Trent Vineyard church and hundreds of individual sponsors, more than 5,400 children aged 0 to five currently receive the books each month.
Our 2019 Local Manifesto is committed to providing a free book every month from birth to 5 years for 10,000 Nottingham children. We need donations from people like you to help make that happen. Dontating is easy, you just have to visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/bigreadingchallenge2020. Every little helps as well:
- £2 pays for a child to get a new book
- £25 pays for a new book each month for a year
- £125 pays for a book every month from birth until age 5.
Key to the sustainability of the scheme is donating each month so if that is something you are interested in doing please find more details about how to do that here – https://bit.ly/37nXKu1
The Imagination Library is proven to improve children’s literacy levels – the children getting these books each month are 28% more likely to start school ready to learn and go on to fulfil their true potential. Together we can ensure every child has this chance for success.
It feels appropriate that our challenge will start on Monday on the building site of what will soon become the best children’s library in the country where I will be reading to some Meadows children complete with their hard hate and high vis jackets.. Likewise this happens at a time when Nottingham continues to be a UNESCO City of Literature.
Giving children the best start in life is a priority in Nottingham and I hope you will join us in making that happen.