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NUT: Library membership for children and young people

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Library membership for children and young people

Commenting on Culture Minister Ed Vaizey’s announcement that automatic library membership to children and young people will be tested in 22 projects across the country, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“It is really pleasing that the Coalition Government has recognised the importance of instilling a love of reading at an early age and the important role that libraries play in achieving this.

“If, however, libraries have been closed due to cuts to local authority budgets, the project will be a bit pointless. I hope after this announcement the Government will work with local authorities to ensure that communities do not lose such a vital resource as the local library”.

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