MP takes part in event to boost youngsters’ reading at Hartlepool’s Central Library

HArtlepool MP Iain Wright pictured with Barnard Grove pupils and their Bookstart treasure bags at the York Road Central Library.

HArtlepool MP Iain Wright pictured with Barnard Grove pupils and their Bookstart treasure bags at the York Road Central Library.

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HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright took a leaf out of nursery children’s books when he joined an event that encourages youngsters to get interested in reading.

The Labour politician visited Hartlepool’s Central Library, in York Road, to share in the joy of books with 60 little ones from Barnard Grove Primary School’s nursery.

The event was held as part of a celebration of the wonder of books during National Bookstart Week, which saw Hartlepool’s libraries joining in the fun with a range of events.

Bookstart is run by Booktrust, a national charity which encourages people of all ages, especially children, to become interested in books.

The theme of this year’s scheme is The Magic of Fairy Tales and children at library Read and Rhyme sessions each received Bookstart gifts including The Ugly Duckling book.

Mr Wright, who presented Bookstart treasure bags to the children, said: “The whole purpose of Bookstart is to get children thinking about a love of books and a love of reading as early as possible. I know from my own experience once you have a love of books early on, it never leaves you.

“It’s important that we encourage all children to read, enjoy reading, and enjoy the pleasure of having books.”