Libraries in Blackpool get a boost from local dads
Today, as part of Father’s Day we take a look at how the ‘A Better Start’ programme is supporting dads in Blackpool.
Local dads have joined up with A Better Start, Blackpool Council’s Libraries Service and the Blackpool Illumination’s Lightworks Team to improve the reading spaces for children aged 0 – 3 in local libraries. FRED, otherwise known as the Fathers Read Every Day programme, kicks off in September, with designers helping out to ensure the contributions of dads are reflected in the furniture and art work installed in five local libraries across Blackpool.
Some of the new pieces of art include giant tree bookcases and a raised reading tower. On Friday, Lightworks hosted a ‘Build It Day’ with dads and designers teaming up to build all of the pieces. To coincide with the launch of FRED in the libraries, dads are being supported to increase the time they spend reading with their children thanks to story telling sessions by the library service.
Scott Moseley, a local dad involved with FRED, said
I’ve been involved with the project from the first library we worked together on. This project has got me excited and I’m looking forward to getting more involved. We meet regularly and there are always some new volunteers who want to come along and join us.
I know that it’s going to make a real difference to families who use each of these libraries, and encourage more families to read to their children. I feel proud of being part of it too and look forward to inviting my friends and family to see what I’ve achieved.