Children’s books initiative launched in Peartree ward, Welwyn Garden City

From left to right: Councillor Steve Roberts, Councillor Helen Beckett and Phil Johnson in The Pomeg

From left to right: Councillor Steve Roberts, Councillor Helen Beckett and Phil Johnson in The Pomegranate Cafe. - Credit: Archant

Boxes of children’s books are being donated to local dentists, hairdressers and other establishments around Peartree ward in Welwyn Garden City, as part of a new initiative.

The project is being promoted by Labour ward councillors Helen Beckett and Steve Roberts, who are providing a selection of books for different age groups for children to read while waiting for an appointment.

The first box was presented to Phil Johnson at The Pomegranate Cafe in Woodhall Lane, with further boxes going to Marc Lawrence hairdressers and the Woodhall Dental Practice soon.

Helen and Steve, who are both former teachers, found that many places have magazines and newspapers for adults to read but nothing for children, despite many children using the facilities.

The councillors believe that waiting can be very dull for children but it can also be the perfect time for children to read and share books, even if only for a few minutes.

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