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Did you know that children who read for pleasure do better at school?  Welsh libraries and primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a library card – the project started in March this year 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 ten more local authorities (16 in total) targeting another 25,000 children.


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


Launching the initiative in Bridgend, 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 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 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.

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.

''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.


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