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Library card for every child

Published: 22/05/2014

Welsh libraries and primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a free library card - starting with children aged 8/9 in six local authorities - Blaenau Gwent, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Powys and Swansea. Launching the initiative in Buckley Library on Tuesday 20 May Councillor Chris Bithell, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education said: “Over 42,000 Welsh children took part in last year’s Summer Reading Challenge which ran in 245 libraries across the country. “Those children that took part maintained or improved their reading levels and libraries across Flintshire are hoping to build on this by giving every child the opportunity to use their library to borrow books and access all the other services available to them.” As champion of the new initiative, Dr Rhys Jones - best known for his hit BBC series including ‘Rhys to the Rescue’ and ‘Dr Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ said: “Libraries are such an important resource - they are a great place for children to let their imagination grow and to develop and it is vitally important that we encourage our children to read more not only to improve their literacy levels but also to help them with life skills and future opportunities.” Year Four pupils from Drury Primary School attended the launch event and their teacher Mr Jack Crompton commented: “Getting the children out of school and into the library enabling them to pick their own books and hearing them discuss their favourites is wonderful. And if we can encourage all children to use the library it will no doubt have a beneficial effect on how they perform in the classroom too.” This library card will allow the children to borrow books straight away and get a free goodie bag to carry their books home with them. Once proof of address is provided, they can then have access to thousands of free books as well as many more resources to help improve their school work and enhance their leisure time, including free fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and talking books; free homework help - online and in the library; free computer use and internet access and free e-books and e-magazines. This project also compliments the Welsh Government’s “Make Time to Read” campaign, just 10 minutes reading a day can make a big difference. Reading books at home will help you enjoy reading and do better at school. For more information please visit: www.welshlibraries.org/schools Photo caption: Children from Drury Primary School with Dr Rhys Jones at the launch event.


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