A MINI library is being launched in a Keighley Co-op store.

The free, children's library is being sited in the retailer's outlet at Broomhill Avenue.

Youngsters will be able to choose from a bookcase full of different titles, and leave books for others.

Keighley Town Council is staging the initiative, in collaboration with the Co-op and author Christina Gabbitas – founder of Children's Literature Festivals, which aims to give children and families from less privileged areas free access to books.

Christina will be amongst those at a launch event which takes place at the Co-op store on Tuesday, March 12, between 4pm and 5pm.

Children will have the chance to explore the bookcase, and receive a free signed book whilst stocks last.

Tracy Tough, a member pioneer for the Co-op, welcomes the scheme.

She says: "This is a fantastic venture for the Co-op – partnering with the local community, Keighley Town Council and Christina.

"I really hope the children love it."

And Keighley town mayor, Councillor John Kirby, is confident that the scheme will take off.

"I have no doubt the initiative will be a huge success," he says.

"I’m looking forward to seeing the popularity of the bookcase and the positive impact it could have.

"This is a great example of partnership working."

Christina is providing some books from her own collection, and others – featuring work by an array of authors and illustrators – from the Children’s Literature Festivals charity.

She has received a Point of Light Award and last year was presented with a Coronation Champions accolade for her work.

Christina says: "I am a big believer in the power of words, books and reading.

"If it wasn't for my local library, I wouldn't be the successful author I am today.

"Libraries have played a crucial role in shaping my love for literature and inspiring me to pursue my passion for writing.

"That's why I'm proud to support and be working with Keighley Town Council and the local Co-op to produce a mini children's library to make books more accessible in the community.

"Every child deserves the opportunity to explore the world through books and I'm excited to be a part of this initiative to promote literacy and a love for reading. I’m also looking forward to engaging with children and young people at the third literature festivals event to be held at Keighley Library in May."