March 03, 2016

World Book Day comes early to Manchester

Manchester CAO Elizabeth Potier helping young children draw their favorite characters from the books they read

Manchester CAO Elizabeth Potier helping young children draw their favorite characters from the books they read


Employees from BNY Mellon’s Manchester office in the UK have partnered with local charity, Salford Foundation, to run a special reading workshop for children aged 2-9 years old to mark World Book Day.

World Book Day is a celebration of reading and everyone involved in the creation of literature. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books, authors and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world on April 23, in the UK and Ireland, the event is celebrated on the first Thursday of March every year (March 3, 2016).

The children who took part in BNY Mellon’s special workshop talked about their favorite book, completed word searches, dot to dot puzzles, wrote short stories and took part in a competition to draw their favorite character from literature. All the children won a special prize and their choice of book.

“Reading for pleasure from an early age helps develop language skills and advance reading levels. Activities and events like these are a fun and engaging way to spark children’s imaginations and help them become avid readers,” notes Peter Collins, Chief Executive, Salford Foundation.

“Volunteers taking time to invest in reading with children and help them get excited about books can make a real difference. Children with support from an early age remain ahead in reading and these skills will really help performance at school. This benefits the child and the wider community and helps ensure a strong and capable workforce of the future.”

Salford Foundation is an organization that supports the vocational, personal, social and academic development of young people and adults in Salford and other boroughs of Greater Manchester and the North West of England. It provides opportunities for those in education, business and the wider community to work together for their mutual advantage.

To see more pictures and stories follow @WorldBookDayUK or the hashtag #WorldBookDay on Twitter, or WorldBookDayUK on Facebook.

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Karen Green: On answering the skills crisis facing small charities

Elizabeth Potier: On supporting our communities all year round