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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02388: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to make the recommended books listed in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge available in public libraries.

Answered by: John Swinney 22 September 2016

100 places to start your reading journey was shared with public libraries ahead of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge being launched. This allowed librarians to consider their current children’s book stock in light of the new programme before schools began to take part. The Scottish Book Trust is running regional events where teachers and librarians can come together to see how they can work in partnership on the Reading Challenge. Public libraries are represented on the Advisory Group for the Challenge by the CEO of the Scottish Library and Information Council.

Public libraries, which already hold a wide range of children’s titles, are an essential part of supporting access to reading materials. Everybody can join their local library service. Young people will be able to access a wide range of free books in all sorts of formats through their local library, as well as advice and recommendations from library staff.

100 places to start your reading journey is not a mandatory list. The First Minister’s Reading Challenge recognises the importance of personalisation and choice in reading for pleasure. It is therefore flexible so that children can read any books or other reading materials which interest them.