SUPERMARKET staff in Johnstone have launched a book donation and exchange station aimed at youngsters.

The Morrisons Little Library aims to promote reading and literacy in children, particularly those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Customers can bring along unwanted books to donate and all children, teenagers and parents can pick one up for free.

Books will also be donated to local schools and community groups.

Julie Scott, who is community champion at the store in Napier Street and will be running its Little Library, told The Gazette: “It’s good to encourage children to read, especially in these days when so much focus is on technology.

“We are asking customers to donate books for the kids as, during the pandemic, they haven’t been getting as much schooling as normal.

“The books are quarantined for 72 hours after being donated and I’ll be filling the box up with new donations, so why not pick up a book while you’re here?”

The Morrisons Little Library was inspired by children’s author Rebecca Smith, who approached the retail giant to ask for help to tackle issues surrounding children’s literacy and a lack of availability of books at home.

She said: “To think that there are children who have never enjoyed a bedtime story is heart-breaking.

“Stories change lives. Every child and every parent should have access to that experience. The Morrisons Little Library provides that potentially life-changing access.”

David Potts, CEO of Morrisons, added: “The past year has been extremely difficult for everyone and we want to help as much as we can.

“We know that our younger customers love reading but some may not have access to books of their own.

“That’s why we’re launching the Morrisons Little Library – so every child has the chance to enjoy reading and brighten their future.”

Morrisons has also created new book Cedric The Seed, which tells the story of a small sunflower seed who is separated from his family and friends.

Julie has received 100 copies of the book, which she will be donating to local schools and community groups to help support children’s literacy.

To donate or pick up a book at the Morrisons store, visit the Little Library located next to the community noticeboard near the main exit.