We are taking a novel approach to improving literacy levels among youngsters with our 'library card for every child' initiative.
For the third consecutive year, all 5 and 6-year-olds will receive a free library card under the visionary scheme, which this year was launched at Castleton Primary School.
Children can use their card to borrow books at any of the borough's 17 libraries. The pioneering policy encourages reading, raises standards and promotes our popular library service, with many free activities on offer for families, such as Code Clubs, Lego Clubs and story and craft events.
In further good news, we are also offering every Year 1 class a visit to their local library, with the opportunity to browse and borrow books.
'This excellent scheme underlines the council's commitment to improving literacy levels among young people'
Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: "This excellent scheme underlines the council's commitment to improving literacy levels among young people. It is another chapter in our success story of encouraging children to develop a passion for books and learning. Our brilliant library staff members are once again the authors of an inspiring initiative. Well done to everyone involved."
The 'library card for every child' scheme follows a successful fit, feed and read programme, which saw over 300 children pack into local libraries through the summer holidays to enjoy exercise, healthy eating and reading.
Any school wanting to arrange a library visit should phone our contact centre on 0300 303 8876 and ask to be put through to their preferred library.