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Children’s library loans rocket

Children are flocking to Surrey County Council’s libraries with loans to youngsters up by 60,000 last year.

The increase saw children’s borrowing figures rise to 1,844,361 issues in 2011/12, compared with 1,781,456 the previous year – an increase of 4 per cent.

The boost follows an investment in more than 44,000 new titles for children and teenagers and the introduction of technology such as e-books and a library app.

In fact, children’s literature now makes up around a quarter of Surrey libraries stock, with 290,000 fiction and non-fiction titles available.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for community services, said: “We put a lot of hard work into encouraging children to visit libraries and discover the joy of reading from an early age. This increase in the number of children’s books being borrowed shows the future is bright for Surrey’s excellent libraries.

“Our wonderful libraries are a county treasure which are quite rightly loved by those who use them, including Surrey’s children. There are no late fines for youngsters and there are free book requests for children to help keep them reading.”

Libraries hold lots of events throughout the year to attract youngsters, including the Children’s Book Award. Parent and toddler activities remained popular throughout 2012 with the ever popular Rhymetime sessions being packed to capacity on a regular basis.”

“Hard pressed parents needn’t worry- there are no late fines for youngsters and there are free book requests for children to help keep them reading.”

More young visitors are expected to walk through the doors next month to take part in Big Storytime, an event arranged as part of National Libraries Day 2013 (February 9).

Visit your local library to find out more about activities taking place, or go to www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk.

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