Initiative hopes to start a new chapter of fun for young readers

by Rachel Darcy

Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe has launched a new initiative, aimed at 9- and 10-year olds, to encourage them to join their local library.

The Join Up, Join In initiative aims to encourage schoolchildren in fourth class across the city to join their library.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr McAuliffe said: “I want to see every child in the city get a library card and use their local libraries.

“The libraries provide such an amazing range of free services, from books to creative activities, and introduce children to reading at an early age.”

Cllr McAuliffe’s initiative begins with the launch of a competition for children to design a new library card for young people. The winning design will be used for all children’s library cards in the future.

Children can enter the competition by handing their designs in to their local library or through their schools.

A design template is available from all branches of Dublin City Council libraries and participating schools. The competition will run until November 22.

A welcoming pack, including the new card, will be delivered to all fourth classes in the new year.

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