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Crowe welcomes launch of Summer Reading Programme

12 July, 2012 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe has welcomed the launch of the Summer Reading Programme at Stillorgan Library in Dublin.

Crowe said:

“The Summer Reading Programme runs in public libraries every July and August. It is a reading event that is open to children of all ages and abilities.

“It is important that children are given every encouragement to read books and the Summer Reading Programme allows them to keep a record of their progress. The children will receive a certificate at the end of the summer.

“One of the most important challenges facing our current education sector is the need to address the alarming fall in literacy and numeracy rates and any initiative that helps encourage reading is to be welcomed.

“It is vitally important that children learn the basics of literacy and numeracy at a young age as these are key skills for doing well at school and later in life.

“Last year the Summer Reading Programme encouraged thousands of children to read books. Hundreds of libraries from across the state are involved in this year’s programme.

“In my own constituency of Dublin South West there are a number of fantastic libraries that are modern, child friendly and equipped with great facilities. The scheme also provides families with an opportunity to see what other events and facilities are available in their local library.

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