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Turning over a new leaf - World Book Day

Libraries and schools across Greenwich hosted a series of exciting events for World Book Day highlighting the joys of reading to local residents and children.

Wyborne Primary School was one of thousands across the UK marking the occasion by showing how magical books can be. Special activities on the day included a fancy dress competition, book fair and poetry competition.

Libraries across the borough also held an exciting timetable of World Book Day themed events. Charlton House Library held a Round the World Story Time which featured stories from international authors. All other libraries held voucher gifting sessions, themed rhyme time and story time sessions and book displays.

Royal Greenwich schools already perform well above national averages for reading across the primary phase. In 2014, ninety-three percent of children achieved Level 4 or above in reading at the end of Key Stage 2 and Royal Greenwich was ranked equal 4th best out of 152 local authorities for this performance.

Councillor Miranda Williams, Cabinet member for Culture and Creative industries said: “It was great to see so many people getting involved in the biggest reading day in the world. Our libraries play an important role in supporting family literacy in the borough by encouraging families to read together in a stimulating environment.

"There are around 2 million visits a year to Royal Greenwich libraries and whilst library services in other parts of the country have been shrinking, we have been moving in the opposite direction.”

World Book Day aims to help children explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. To mark the day, all school children were entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 book token.

It can be exchanged for one of ten specially published World Book Day £1 / £1.50 Books—including The Dinosaur that Pooped A Lot! by Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter, illustrated by Garry Parsons, Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen by Chris Riddell, Best Mates by Michael Morpurgo —or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 / £3.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club.

For the latest news and updates about World Book Day 2015, visit www.worldbookday.com.

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