24/03/2011 11:01 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Children Using Local Libraries Twice As Likely To Be Advanced Readers

kids using the library The National Literacy Trust has confirmed the link between children and young people using public libraries and good reading skills.

Research was conducted on 17,089 youngsters aged 8 to 16 as part of the Save the Libraries campaign, and found those who used their public library were nearly twice as likely to be above average readers than their peers who didn't visit the library (18).

The survey also found nearly half (44 vs 25 saying it was because their friends didn't go, whilst 50% said it was because their family didn't routinely visit their local facility.

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust said the survey showed just how important libraries are in supporting literacy, adding: 'In the UK today one in six people struggles to read, write and communicate, which can affect their health, confidence and employability. The National Literacy Trust campaigns to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy.'

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