Manchester Central Library Development Trust, the charity that supports educational, cultural and archives work in Manchester Libraries, has secured £8,000 to support a new dual language book gifting initiative being developed by Read Manchester and Manchester Libraries. The grant, from the national lottery funded Community Fund, complements a recent £1,000 grant from the Our Legacy Fund, distributed by the We Love Manchester charity, to support the project.


Thanks to this new funding, over 1,000 new dual language books for young children, will be purchased and distributed across Manchester, specifically targeting those areas where there is a high ethnically diverse population, such as Cheetham Hill, Gorton, Longsight, and Harpurhey.


Working closely with existing and new distribution partner organisations such as community groups and grocers, youth clubs, food banks, health organisations, refugee groups and homeless refuges will help to strengthen community relationships and build on all the good programme work.

Councillor John Hacking, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure commented, ‘Providing new dual language children’s books will enable young children and their families to strengthen their relationships within their diverse communities and it will promote the wide-ranging benefits of reading, including family bonding, improved literacy, empathy and well-being.’


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Adult reading to two children