Encouraging young readers

George Jibson
George Jibson

A POCKLINGTON youngster is trying to encourage more children to read by setting up a new postal book lending service.

George Jibson, 14, got involved with a scheme called ‘Imagination Library’, started by American country singer Dolly Parton, which is aimed at encouraging children under five to pick up a 
book.

Once registered, children in the YO42 postcode using the Imagination Library will be sent a children’s book once a month free of charge until they are five years old.

To give George’s Imagination Library a helping hand, Pocklington Arts Centre have put up a display telling people about the scheme and how it works.

George said: “The display is all about getting people aware of what’s going on.

“I read quite a lot and, when I was younger, Peter Rabbit was one of my favourites. So far there are about 30 children signed up to this Imagination Library, and I have been to nursery schools telling children about it.

“There are branches of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the USA, Canada and in Britain and it would be great if we could get more children involved.”

Registration forms for the Imagination Library can be found at Pocklington Library and at the Arts Centre.