Peterborough's year of reading continues to inspire

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Peterborough Celebrates Reading is a year-long campaign to encourage reading

The Peterborough Celebrates Reading campaign was launched in June by Peterborough City Council, the National Literacy Trust, Vivacity and City College Peterborough, with the intention to improve literacy levels, encourage library use and get more parents reading to their children from a young age. Dozens of activities have already been enjoyed by hundreds of children, families, school teachers and staff.

Councillor Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for children's services, education, skills and university for Peterborough City Council, said: "Reading is one of the most important skills for a child to learn and will dictate how well they achieve throughout their education. The Year of Reading events are making a positive difference and there is still much more to come, so I would urge everyone to get involved.”

Plans for this month include Vivacity's Book Bus visiting many pre-schools and nurseries around the city, providing an introduction to the city's library service.

Barnardo’s Children's Centres are holding Little Treasures sessions aimed at helping babies and young children to develop early sensory skills in a relaxed and calm environment.

Peterborough Museum is home to a free interactive exhibition for families until March 29. Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is based on the life and illustrations of Nick Sharratt, with activities and dress-up opportunities galore.

The campaign will continue through to summer 2020.