With the new school year underway, Gwynedd Library Service is pleased to announce that Welsh books are still favoured by the county’s schoolchildren.
Not only were more Welsh books borrowed and read by Gwynedd primary school pupils through visits by the Lori Ni mobile library to their schools last year, the amount of Welsh fiction books borrowed to children increased to 12,626.
The Lori Ni mobile library visits every school in Gwynedd twice a year, and gives youngsters the chance to pick and choose books for themselves and their classmates. There is vast variety of exciting contemporary literature available to keep even the keenest reader busy for the term.
This announcement follows extensive work by the ‘Siarter Iaith Gymraeg’ – the Welsh Language Charter, which is an innovative scheme by Gwynedd Council to promote and encourage the use of the Welsh language amongst the county’s primary school pupils in their everyday life.
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member responsible for libraries said:
“It’s extremely important that children have regular access to new Welsh and English books to develop their reading, literacy and bilingual skills. Teachers and pupils alike at Gwynedd schools find the Lori Ni library service vital, and they really do appreciate it.
“It’s very encouraging that Gwynedd children chose to read Welsh book more often than other books. With a hugely varied choice of Welsh books to choose from the Gwynedd library service, it’s no wonder that Welsh books are so popular with the county’s youngsters.
“This announcement is also great news for the Welsh Language Charter, and shows that the brilliant work they do in the county’s primary schools encouraging use of the Welsh language is paying off.”
For more information about Gwynedd libraries, visit www.gwynedd.gov.uk/libraries
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