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3,000 children's books added to library's collection

Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid and Richmond-Centre MLA Rob Howard read to a group of Grade 1 students Friday, as part of the introduction of more than 3,000 new children
Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid and Richmond-Centre MLA Rob Howard read to a group of Grade 1 students Friday, as part of the introduction of more than 3,000 new children's books to the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library's collection.
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More than 3,000 children's books were added to the Richmond Public Library's collection Friday, in anticipation of Family Literacy Day on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid and Richmond-Centre MLA Rob Howard read from a book that's part of the new collection to a group of Grade 1 students who fidgeted their way through the press conference at the library's Brighouse branch.

Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap, minister of advanced education, innovation and technology, said learning to read was one of the most important things children can do, as reading is integral to learning.

"I remember when I was a little older than you are today...my parents always encouraging me to read, and helping me to read," Yap said. "I know that all of us who are here today firmly believe in the value of family literacy and the joys of reading and learning as a shared experience."

The collection added to the Brighouse library was developed in support of B.C.'s Education Plan, with a variety of books chosen, from classics and award winners to new favourites by new authors and illustrators.

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