Rotherham’s Imagination Library to finish February 2016

Published Wednesday, 12th August 2015
A girl reading
Child reading

Following on from an announcement earlier this year, Rotherham Council has agreed to end its Imagination Library book-gifting service which costs up to £400k a year to run.

The Council will continue to run its existing book services for children, including the national Bookstart scheme.

The ‘minded-to’ decision comes after a public consultation was held to consider the viability of continuing the scheme.

The book-gifting programme, which is the inspiration of the singer, songwriter Dolly Parton, sends free books via the post each month to children under the age of five.

The scheme was proposed for closure when the Council outlined its budget plans to make £23m worth of savings this financial year.

Rotherham residents were asked to give their views and feedback in a month-long consultation which finished on 10 June.

Books will continue to be sent to those children already registered with the Imagination Library until the scheme ends in February 2016.

Children will continue to receive a Bookstart baby pack between birth and 12 months and a Bookstart Treasure Pack between thee and four years through the national Bookstart scheme, plus there is free access to books and Rhymetime activities in Council libraries.

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