Today is World Book Day - a nightmare for those parents who have to get kids dressed up for fancy dress at school, but a great way to celebrate reading.
It's also a great time to celebrate our libraries, too. As a kid, local libraries fed my hunger for reading. I couldn't get enough of it. They're especially important for kids from working class backgrounds like mine, but walk into any Redbridge library and you see them full of people of all ages and backgrounds.
I'm especially proud that, in spite of deep cuts to local government, Jas Athwal - Leader of Redbridge Council - and his team have kept every single one of our libraries open! They've also invested in them, with new facilities at South Woodford library and events and activities at libraries across the borough.
So here’s to World Book Day, our local Council for valuing and protecting our libraries, and the brilliant parents, teachers and librarians to encourage kids to read!