HUNDREDS of children were given a morning treat during half-term as part of a ‘Cereal Readers’ scheme.

Children at Blackheath Library tucked into breakfast before taking part in activities provided by library volunteers and the Murray Hall Trust.

Cereal Readers – which was held at four libraries across Sandwell – is an initiative that invites children and their parents to share a bowl of cereal and a glass of fruit juice as they take part in book related activities at the library during school holidays.

All the refreshments were provided by local supermarkets and other community groups, and all the sessions are run by library volunteers, with the scheme proving popular with local families.

Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It’s great to see so many children are enjoying Cereal Readers and visiting libraries during the school holidays.

“We do lots to encourage parents and carers to take their children to libraries and having a breakfast on offer for the children is a great incentive.

“We are putting plans in place so we can provide the scheme during the Easter school holidays to more libraries in Sandwell.”