MP praises novel way to start reading

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, visited Rawmarsh Children's Centre to speak to parents involved in the Imagination Library. Our picture shows the MP talking to Rebecca Frere, of Rawmarsh, and her son Macorley Walker, aged four.
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, visited Rawmarsh Children's Centre to speak to parents involved in the Imagination Library. Our picture shows the MP talking to Rebecca Frere, of Rawmarsh, and her son Macorley Walker, aged four.

CHILDREN are being introduced to a world of mystery and wonder at Rotherham’s Imagination Library.

John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, gave his backing during a visit where he saw just how popular the project is.

And he pledged to mention the scheme during a Parliamentary debate he has organised on Government policy on early reading programmes.

Mr Healey said the Imagination Library – which sees children under five receive a new book every month – should be extended nationally.

He said: “Schemes like this help children’s imagination to grow and set them on a path towards a lifetime of loving books. Children whose parents read with them from a young age are more likely to succeed in later life.”

The scheme was piloted in Rotherham, opening four years ago, and it now supplies books to 88 per cent of the town’s under fives. Similar libraries have since opened in three other areas.