Free bedtime story book for all children aged 4 and under in Kildare
Kildare County Council are delighted to announce the Kildare Library Service First 5 Little Book at Bedtime initiative, in collaboration with public libraries and the Local Government Management Agency.
Free bedtime story books and library card wallets are available at the library for all children of 4 years and under, to pick up and keep. This exciting initiative aims to engage all parents of young children to read stories with them at bedtime.
From the 6th of October, parents and their children can pop into their local library to pick up their free bedtime story book and join the library. Bedtime story books are available in English and Irish.
Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development on Friday, 6 October launched the initiative.
Speaking at the launch, Minister O’Gorman said; “Reading bedtime stories to children has many benefits including supporting a close parental bond, developing children’s language and their imagination. As the winter draws in, what a lovely time for parents and young children to cosy up and read together as part of the daily bedtime routine. I hope all families with young children will avail of this opportunity to pick up a free bedtime story book from the library”.
Minister Humphreys added: “Every library in the country has bedtime story books ready for parents and children to pick up. I commend the work of the libraries in supporting this initiative. I want every child in the country to be a library member and for children to share the lovely experience of having stories read to them at bedtime. Introducing children to the joy of stories and reading together is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child. I know librarians across the country are looking forward to greeting all these young children when they come to pick up their Little Book at Bedtime.”
Kildare Library Service look forward to welcoming parents, guardians and children to the library to collect their free book and wallet. We love to see parents and children picking out books to read together, knowing the many benefits that has for children’s wellbeing, literacy and love of reading. We hope families will see the resources and services the library offers and return to borrow books, attend events and more.