Did you know that children who read for pleasure do better at school?
Welsh libraries and 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, Merthyr Tydfil, Powys, Swansea, Flintshire and Gwynedd.
This card will allow children to borrow two books straight away. 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 computer use and internet access
- FREE fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and talking books
- FREE homework help - online and in the library
- FREE e-books and e-magazines
- Clubs, games, events, activities and classes in the library
- Friendly, helpful library staff
- Somewhere safe to meet friends
To view the film of the launch event at Tredegar library visit our films page.
To find more information about your local library visit the Find a Library page.
Reading books at home will help you enjoy reading and do better at school. And this project also compliments the Welsh Government's 'Make Time to Read' campaign, just 10 minutes reading a day can make a big difference. Find out more about the 'Make Time to Read' campaign' at Better Reading.
''It really was such a fantastic opportunity to work with you, Huw Lewis, John Griffith, the Department of Skills and Education and the Welsh Libraries to meet and inspire young people to read and use their local library. I wanted to present myself as a successful product of reading and visiting my local library. I have been really moved by the young people we’ve met and inspired by their stories and creativity. It’s also been wonderful to have consistently connected and excited the pupils (and teachers!) we have met across the whole country. The only negative is that I feel there is so much more that we could do, so many more children to visit and work with, so many more opportunities to inspire a child to meet his or her potential through reading. When there is so much good work left to be done I am afraid I can just not be satisfied. However, we have the ball rolling, we created the inertia now we are responsible for continuing the momentum. I don’t think that we could have possibly hoped to achieve all that we have done so far, but there is so much more to do!
Thank you for the opportunity to have worked on this amazing project''
Dr Rhys Jones BSc (Hons) MPhil PhD FLS MCIEEM
Lecturer, Cardiff University
Broadcaster and Ecological Scientist
This project is led by CyMAL (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales) and the Welsh Libraries Audience Development team.