Local literacy project receives boost from MP donation

Burslem Bookroom

A community library has received a welcome boost from a local Member of Parliament.
The Burslem Bookroom, a volunteer-led library and community group, has received a donation from Ruth Smeeth MP to support a project to work with primary children and senior citizens in a story telling workshop. The project aims to encourage local children to read.
As well as running a stock of 2,000 books, the Bookroom runs a range of community events and support groups, from children’s song and story times, to craft sessions and Alzheimers support groups.
Ruth Smeeth MP set up the Good Causes fund last year following her pledge that she would not accept the controversial MPs pay rise and would instead donate the money to local causes.
A number of charities are chosen at the start of each year and the focus this year is on supporting children; and on reading and literacy in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.
Emily Adams, coordinator of the Burslem Bookroom, said: “We are so very glad to have the continued support of Ruth Smeeth in the work that we do. We are proud to be working in Burslem and helping to develop a love for reading in this community. Because of this donation, we are now able to offer an exciting opportunity to both young and old alike. It really is invaluable to have support like this from our local MP. “
Ruth Smeeth MP said: “The work that the Burslem Bookroom do is absolutely incredible. Our city still has a problem with literacy and community libraries like this play a vital role in supporting residents and inspiring a joy of reading in our young people.”