Reading is just the ticket at Liverpool Central station

More than 500 books will be given away this half term across the Merseyrail network.

It is a continuation of the popular ‘Moved to Read’ partnership between City of Readers and Merseytravel, which has already seen over 3,500 book distributed over ferries, buses and most recently taxis to encourage more people to read across the region.

This next stage of the campaign aims to reach families travelling over the holidays thanks to a commitment from Merseyrail. It also links to the Liverpool Counts campaign which aims to drive up standards of numeracy in the city.

On Sunday 21st February families can join a book share at Liverpool Central station from 9am where books will be given away in the foyer area.

And from 12.30pm, families can enjoy a numeracy related book to take home from Liverpool Central Library alongside board games to enjoy together and reading spaces for family time over a book with readers on hand for some live storytelling. There will also be an opportunity for adults to sign up to the National Numeracy Challenge on the day.

Councillor Lana Orr, Mayoral Lead for Primary education, said: “Literacy and numeracy are so important and in Liverpool we make every effort to give families opportunities to enjoy their learning. That’s why we’re giving out free books and organising numeracy games and challenges. It’s a great way for families to learn together over half term and all part of the City of Readers and Liverpool Counts campaigns to get residents enjoying literacy and numeracy activities.”