Recent Government reports show the importance of taking children to public libraries, to establish them as lifelong library users.

via the CILIP blog

“In summary, the reports show that:

  • Childhood is a critical age – it’s the time most people start a life-long habit of using libraries and adults who live with children are motivated to use the library to encourage them to read. 
  • While overall visits and book borrowing have declined, this is in a context of building closures, staff cuts and budget reductions, and satisfaction levels remain high.
  • The quality and choice of books and resources is the most important factor affecting satisfaction levels.
  • The importance of libraries as a place for lifelong learning is gaining ground.
  • A significantly highly proportion of adults from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups use libraries more than adults from white ethnic groups.”