Automatic Library Card For Every Child In Wales
Welsh libraries Ynysboeth and other primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a library card.
The project started in March 2014 with six local authorities piloting the initiative. Thanks to Welsh Government funding from the Department of Culture, Sport & Tourism, this has now been rolled out to ten more local authorities benefitting another 25,000 children.
Launching the Rhondda Cynon Taf initiative in Abercynon Library, 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,
“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.”
Pupils from across Rhondda Cynon Taf will be taking part in events in libraries and schools.
Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning Cllr Eudine Hanagan said, “This is a fantastic initiative which will support the Council’s ongoing work to raise literacy levels and will be of benefit to many young people across Rhondda Cynon Taf.
“This library card, which can be used at static or mobile libraries, will give children access to thousands of free books which can be borrowed straight away and will also promote access to a wide range of other resources available at our libraries. As an added bonus, children will also get a great bag to carry their books home with them. ”
This initiative is targeting year four pupils in sixteen Welsh authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Wrexham.
It supports the Welsh Government's Education Begins at Home campaign which encourages parents to help their child at home by making time to read which can help their performance in school.
For more information please visit: www.welshlibraries.org/schools and to find out where your nearest library is visit our Library Facility and Opening Times page.
See a short video of the event in Abercynon Library featuring children from Ynysboeth Primary School