WE ARE CREATING HOPE IN THE WORLD
We have so far given
children across Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands a book of their own to take home, READ and keep forever.
By using Pre-Read books we are helping to protect the environment
Producing new books has a significant environmental cost
The newspaper and book publishing businesses use 153 billion gallons of water each year, with each book using two kilowatt hours of fossil fuels and emitting about 7.5 kilos of CO2.
Worse, when a book reaches landfill, its decomposition emits twice as much greenhouse gas and has a harmful impact on local water systems as when it was made.
When you consider that an estimated 320 million (640,000 tonnes) of books are thrown away each year, it's easy to see how using pre-read books has a positive influence on the environment.
Pre-read books still have great stories to tell, and whilst we are unable to undo the emissions from their initial production, we can ensure a carbon neutral future by keeping them from needlessly going to waste
Reading For Pleasure
Rotary Books4Home aims
to empower children to develop their love of reading
to experience owning a book of their own and share their love of reading
In 2023, children and young people’s reading enjoyment is at crisis point. The latest research from the National Literacy Trust reveals that children’s reading enjoyment is at its lowest level in almost two decades. Just 2 in 5 (43.4%) children and young people aged 8 to 18 said they enjoyed reading in their free time. This is the lowest level of reading enjoyment recorded since 2005.
Declining reading enjoyment across a growing number of children and young people must act as a wake-up call for all who support children and young people’s reading for pleasure and the many benefits it can bring.
1 in 5 children aged 5 to 8 do not have a book of their own at home
However, children and young people who do have a book of their own at home are six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age compared with their peers who don’t have their own book
Research from The National Literacy Trust
WHY ROTARY BOOKS4HOME
Martin Galway, Head of Schools at the National Literacy Trust says
“Sparking a love of reading can change a child’s life. Today’s results must act as a wake-up call for all who support children’s reading for pleasure. A greater focus on reading for enjoyment in the government’s revised Reading Framework (DfE, 2023) offers some measure of hope, but we will need real and immediate impact to change this story for the country’s most disadvantaged children. We need to give children every opportunity possible to fall in love with reading, and to give families and schools the support they need to put reading for enjoyment at the heart of every school and home.”
HOW ROTARY BOOKS4HOME WORKS
1. We receive donations of pre-read books
2. We chat with teachers (and children) to find out what types of books they would prefer to receive
(if at all possible)
3. We deliver books to
4. Youngsters choose their special book to take home, READ and keep forever
Many Schools have very few or even no library books
Other schools have plenty and regularly renew their stocks of books
Rotary Books4School Libraries recycle these unwanted books and share them with schools where the books are needed to establish or enhance the school library
Books that would otherwise be thrown away now have a second chance to Make a Difference in the World
The BWH Library
A haven of knowledge, stories untold, where dreams take flight and minds unfold.
With shelves lined high and books galore, the BWH library, a treasure trove to explore.
From classic tales to modern lore, it opens worlds, forevermore.
In this sanctuary of words and thought, the BWH library, a place where hearts are sought.
In the BWH library, minds take flight, imagination soars, reaching new heights.
Elouise - Pupil at BWH School
A Message from the youngsters at
Silkmore Primary Academy
Thanks to a very kind donation from RB4H, BWH was able to begin running a lunchtime lending library. RB4H donated hundreds of books which our pupils now have the chance to browse and borrow on a weekly basis.
The library is run in the assembly hall by our volunteer pupil librarians. They enthusiastically and warmly welcome pupils from across the year groups to browse the selection of books. Many pupils have taken advantage of this opportunity and we have had plenty of books taken out to be read and enjoyed.
We are hoping to expand our library next year into a more permanent setting, and it is the donation from Rotary Books4Home that has made this possible.
The poem above was written by one of our pupil librarians.
Teacher BWH High School
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