Competition launched for Scottish school libraries

Competition launched for Scottish school libraries

Edinburgh book festival sponsor ScottishPower Foundation is offering primary schools in Scotland the chance to win £2,000 to spend on their libraries.

The foundation, which is the charitable arm of energy provider Scottish Power, is asking primary schools in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians to submit a photograph of their library or reading area and a 100-word statement on how they want that space to look in the future.

Two winning schools will receive £2,000 as well as a visit from a Scottish author.

Ann Loughrey, head of corporate social responsibility at ScottishPower Foundation, said the Library Energiser competition was launched because “reading provisions for Scotland’s young people are clearly important to parents all over the country”.

The foundation quoted a YouGov survey of 1,003 adults in the Lothians that revealed 96% of Scots think a well-equipped library isimportant to a child’s education, while 42% have at some point been concerned about facilities in their child’s school.

Details on how to apply can be found online. The winners will be announced later this year.

Scottish Power and ScottishPower Foundation have now been sponsoring the Edinburgh International Book Festival for 10 years.

Janet Smyth, children’s programme and education Director at the festival, praised the competition, saying: “We rely so much on teachers and librarians to bring schools to experience and enjoy the book festival and this is a wonderful opportunity to support them and give children of all ages and backgrounds access to both contemporary and classic authors.”