The opening chapter: My First Library Card project aims to get young Wicklow children reading more
Now that’s book smart … a new initiative to get young children to join their local libraries was launched last week in Blessington Library by Wicklow and Kildare County Library Services.
The idea behind the ‘My First Library Card’ project is to encourage parents of all newborns and children aged 0-5 to join the library.
My First library Card is free and all children can borrow up to 12 books at a time while the libraries themselves no longer charge fines.
The initiative also sees the launch of an attractive and colourful library card, designed by award-winning author and illustrator Chris Judge.
‘My First Library Card’ came about as a direct result of the national library programme ‘Right To Read’ campaign which is all about embedding the development of literacy into our communities through the local authority.
Public Health Nurses across Wicklow and Kildare will be distributing brochures to the parents of newborns at their first meeting and they will also be encouraging parents of all children up to the age of five years to get a library card for their child.
“The ultimate aim of this project is to have all children reading ready by the time they start in primary school,” explained Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow County Council.
“Reading to a child is a powerful way to help children grow their vocabulary, language skills and imagination. It will help them develop life-long skills that will support their future learning and literacy.”
Picture: Amy Quigley (Kildare County Council) and Margaret Birchall (Wicklow Counnty Council) at the launch in Blessington Library
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