Did you know that children who read for pleasure do better at school? Welsh libraries and primary schools have joined forces to provide every primary school child with a library card – the project started in March 2013 with six local authorities piloting the initiative and, thanks to Welsh Government funding from the Department of Culture, Sport & Tourism, this has now been rolled out to all 22 local authorities targeting up to 35,000 year 4 primary school children.
This card will allow children to borrow 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, e-magazines and e-audio books
- Clubs, games, events, activities and classes in the library
- Friendly, helpful library staff
- Somewhere safe to meet friends
Dr Rhys Jones is supporting this great initiative - 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.”
To view films from some of the events visit our films page.
Is your school involved? Ask your teacher or visit your local library: Find a Library. Not in year 4? You can still join your local library and access all of the amazing resources for free!
Also, visit the Education Begins at Home Facebook page which provides information about how you can support your child at home and help their performance in school.
This project is led by MALD (Museums, Archives and Libraries Division Wales) and the Welsh Libraries Audience Development team.