Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Peter Andre attended a photocall at the Shepherd's Bush Library to help develop Team London's 'Love Libraries' scheme to recruit people to help with reading, literacy and getting people online.
Speaking about how he enjoys reading to his children, Andre said: "That last 15 minutes before children go to sleep, that's what they're going to remember through the night.
"That's why it's bad if they've been playing a video game or something like that, but if they've been listening to a book they'll wake up feeling clear. That's why reading's so important, I'm a strong believer in that."
Touring Shepherd's Bush library, Andre said that he was impressed with the facilities: "This is like a whole new generation of libraries. I can't believe they've got a celebrities section. I used to take my kids to places where there were books, but not libraries, because it made them feel too much like they were at school again.
"But what I'm seeing here is that they're making it appeal to younger children. It's critical that kids learn to read and enjoy it because they're going to have to do it anyway."
The new scheme will see 2,000 volunteers recruited to work across London's libraries, where they will set up reading groups, help those with literacy problems and aid internet users.
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