‘My Little Library Bags’ for all Children Starting School this Year

Castleisland Librarian, Eileen Murphy is waiting to greet 2022 school beginners with the ‘My Little Library Bags’ under the First 5 Strategy. ©Photograph: John Reidy

To help children to navigate starting school, your local library has put together a bag of books just for them that can be collected at any library.

Castleisland librarian, Eileen Murphy sent a notice for the attention of our much younger readers about the ‘My Little Library Bag’ initiative.

This is a collaboration between libraries, the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth as part of the First 5 Strategy.

For Every Child Starting School

As part of the initiative, a ‘My Little Library Bag’ is available free for every child starting school in 2022 to help them to prepare for this big step. Children and their parents or guardians can collect the bags at any library throughout the country.

Each My Little Library Book Bag contains: Three books on starting school, making friends and being comfortable to be yourself; A story card on going to the library; A postcard the child can write or draw on and send to their new teacher, or bring to give to the teacher on their first day at school;

Their very own library card and special ‘My Little Library’ cardholder.

As Gaeilge agus In English

Book bags are available in both Irish and English.

Libraries can’t wait to welcome all the four and five year old children in to collect their book bags and begin their library membership journey.

We hope that once they visit the library to pick up their book bag, our new library members and their families will come back regularly to keep their bag filled up with borrowed books and to take part in story-times, classes and all the other events we have to offer at the library. Bags are available for collection at Castleisland Library from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am To 5pm.

Supports and Links

More supports to help the transition to primary school are available on the Let’s Get Ready which you can see with a click on the link here: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/1e8a3-lets-get-ready/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/letsgetready

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