Latest News | 8 June 2023

Hundreds of children’s books donated at City Lab

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More than 500 children’s books were donated during a special ‘book drop’ at Marketing Derby’s Derby City Lab, which took place during the Derby Book Festival.

Last month, during the week-long festival, the St James Street venue flung open its doors to accept donations of pre-loved children’s books.

In addition, law firm Geldards, which is a major supporter of the festival, also accepted donations at its Pride Park offices.

Altogether, 532 books, ranging from publications for early readers to teen fiction, were donated.

The donated books will now be distributed via local schools, nurseries and libraries to families who need them.

One of the key aims of the Derby Book Festival is to encourage a new generation of readers.

However, not every child in the city is lucky enough to have books at home or to regularly visit the city’s libraries.

Amy Burton, inward investment executive at Marketing Derby and Derby City Lab lead, said: “A huge thank you to everyone who donated their pre-loved books to this brilliant initiative.

“We were overwhelmed by the response and, because of the amazing work Derby Book Festival do, we know they are going to be cherished all over again.

“An extended thank you to our friends at Geldards for their support.”

In a joint statement, Liz Fothergill, chair of Derby Book Festival, and festival director Sian Hoyle, said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of people and businesses across the city who donated so many books – and to Marketing Derby for making it happen.

“So many disadvantaged children are growing up without books of their own, something personal they can love and cherish.

“These donated books will also give parents and carers the opportunity to read bedtime stories, creating memories and ensuring the joy of reading together starts young.

“We are privileged to be able to share that joy with many more children, passing on the baton of sharing stories and hopefully creating a habit, which will last a lifetime and sustain young people through challenging times.”

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