Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Message of support from Barbara Taylor Bradford

Just as the news about the future of Armley and Bramley Library was known today, our office received a message of support from one of Armley's most famous former residents, Barbara Taylor Bradford. 

Here is the transcript of her note,

"I grew up in Armley Library, in a certain sense. My mother was voracious reader, and used to go there at least three times a week.

"She always took me with her. And how I enjoyed that.

"Since she had taught me to read by the age of four, she would sit me in a chair, with a children’s book in my hands. Then off she would go scanning the shelves for her favourite authors.

"As soon as I was old enough to have a library card, she got one for me. How I treasured it. And I was so proud.

"My memories of Armley Library are numerous and warm. A few years ago I opened a newly-built wing, and there is a plaque on the wall. I believe every child should have a library available to them, to help them read that marvellous thing called: a book."



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