Lakeside donates dual-language books to Grays library

Lakeside donates dual-language books to local library

Lakeside donates dual-language books to local library

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

LAKESIDE shopping centre has donated 160 dual-language books to Grays Library.

The generous move is part of intu Lakeside's pledge to help improve literacy levels in the region.

Grays Library, located within the Thameside Complex in Orsett Road, welcomes a number of families for whom English is not the parents’ first language so, to help them support their children’s reading, the Thurrock Council Libraries team identified a need for new dual language books.

The new range of children’s books contains five different language combinations, all identified as the ones most requested by visitors to the library, and include English-Spanish, English-Polish and English-Arabic.

Annette Berry, Grays Library manager, said: "We’re delighted that intu Lakeside has so generously purchased these new books for our library. We have already seen significant interest in them since they arrived and we’re sure they will become well used and well-loved in no time."

Izzie Peskett, intu’s regional marketing manager, said: "Literacy plays such a big role in everyday life and we want to help local children get off to the best possible start with their reading."

intu Lakeside is partnering with the National Literacy Trust in 2014, donating books across the region and running free events for families to attend together with a focus on reading and storytelling.

The shopping centre's literacy events programme continues during the school summer holiday, with a month-long celebration of stories between August 1 and August 31.

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10:54am Fri 8 Aug 14

OckendonPaul says...

They won't need to be dual language for long. If my recent visit to Barking is anything to go by, the English bit will soon be phased out...
They won't need to be dual language for long. If my recent visit to Barking is anything to go by, the English bit will soon be phased out... OckendonPaul
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2:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

poortaxpayer says...

OckendonPaul wrote:
They won't need to be dual language for long. If my recent visit to Barking is anything to go by, the English bit will soon be phased out...
Last time Labour ran Thurrock Council they spent a small fortune on hundreds of dual language books for Thurrock's libraries mostly in Asian and African languages. A few years later it was revealed that not one book had been read and they had gathered dust ignored.
[quote][p][bold]OckendonPaul[/bold] wrote: They won't need to be dual language for long. If my recent visit to Barking is anything to go by, the English bit will soon be phased out...[/p][/quote]Last time Labour ran Thurrock Council they spent a small fortune on hundreds of dual language books for Thurrock's libraries mostly in Asian and African languages. A few years later it was revealed that not one book had been read and they had gathered dust ignored. poortaxpayer
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