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Isle of Wight to host reading marathon

Thu 1 Mar 2012

Isle of Wight to host reading marathon

The Isle of Wight is hosting a reading marathon today (March 1st) in order to mark World Book Day on the island.

Paul Armfield from Waterstones book store in Newport is travelling the Isle of Wight and is planning to read to children at 12 different island primary schools over the course of the day to encourage youngsters to get into reading.

Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, he explained he is looking for ways to get kids excited about reading a book, despite the technological advances recently.

Mr Armfield said: "I just hope we can sustain a book shop in an environment where reference books are being left behind by people looking online for answers and a lot of people reading Kindles and e-books."

2012 is the 15th year of the World Book Day initiative and young people all over the planet are being given a £1 book token that they are able to exchange for a range of titles at a special price in order to celebrate the event.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-801307071-ADNFCR

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