“Reading is a luxury we can all indulge”

The Culture Liverpool Blog has been talking to Councillor Barbara Murray, the brains behind Liverpool's 2020 Year of Reading.  Councillor Barbara Murray is a former teacher and school governor. She is currently Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills – a post she has held since 2018.

“I have been an avid reader from an early age. I got my first library card when I was seven. I have always read for pleasure and my measure of a good book is the immersive quality that draws you in and causes you to care for the characters and what happens to them. When I was younger I would easily read several books a week especially on public transport, I was definitely the passenger with their nose in a book on all journeys.

When I became a grandmother two years ago, I was delighted to re-engage with children’s books and I enjoy nothing more than reading with my grandson and talking about the pictures with him.

Reading for pleasure or purpose is an absolute luxury that we can indulge during lockdown.

I would urge parents, while our schools are closed, don’t stress or panic about how much home schooling you can or can’t do. But do make time to read – and enjoy it – with your children. Or why not video call Granny or Grandpa and ask them to do the honours?

I would ask everyone to read more to help your mental health, to help cope with the potential boredom of being stuck at home for the next few months.

Please get reading! A world of adventure, excitement and wonder awaits.

To read the full Culture Liverpool article and to access their links to Liverpool Library Service click here.

Alternatively if you enjoy discussing what you read, why not join our Book Club?  You can register your interest by clicking here.