Arsenal defender backing campaign to get more young people reading

Gunners' star Per Mertersacker joins young readers

Gunners' star Per Mertersacker joins young readers - Credit: Archant

Arsenal star Per Mertesacker backed a campaign to get children reading for World Book Day on Thursday.

The defender was supporting a series of events across the borough’s libraries to celebrate the love of reading.

The German international said: “I was delighted to work with Islington Libraries during the 2013 Premier League Reading Stars project and would like to wish them success in celebrating World Book Day. Reading is something I enjoy and would encourage every family to enjoy.”

Cllr Janet Burgess, executive member for health an wellbeing, added: “Reading opens doors and opens minds and Islington libraries offer a warm welcome to regular readers or those who may never have set foot in a library before.”

n For more information about the World Book Day events in Islington, visit www.islington.gov.uk/libraries.