Employers to promote adult literacy via book swap scheme

Employers are being urged to promote adult
literacy by taking part in a book swapping initiative.

The National Reading Campaign is targeting the workplace
with its Swap a Book promotion aimed at encouraging people to read more, after
figures reveal that nearly half of adults do not have enough time to read as
much as they would like.

A number of organisations are preparing events, with several
encouraging senior executives to swap titles with junior staff.

London cab drivers will be able to swap books at one of
their regular stops, the Foreign Office is setting up swap boxes for staff to
choose books and make donations to the charity Book Aid International and army
units are putting book swap boxes in their guardrooms.

David Uppington, head of HR operations at Yell, which is
holding its second Bring-a-Book-to-Work Day at its Slough headquarters, said, “A
day like this really breaks down barriers in the workplace. Everyone chatted to
someone new and lots of us discovered common interests. It certainly raised our
profile in the local community and linking our event to the library service and
the LEA meant we were demonstrating our commitment to education too.”

By Katie Hawkins

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