Latest Laois News: Laois Labour Party rep calls for Library Membership cards for local children
Laois Libraries vital in improving literacy and encouraging reading: Barry
In recognition of the possible unintended damage caused to children’s literacy skills due to school closures, Labour Representative Eoin Barry wants to unlock the untapped potential of libraries in Laois as community hubs, calling for Laois County Council to provide membership cards to primary school children and invite them to choose a Book-to-Keep on their first visit.
Mr Barry said:
“While all children’s literacy may be impacted by school closures and a lack of access to books, these closures have disproportionately hit disadvantaged and vulnerable students. OECD studies show that poverty and low literacy are two sides of the same coin, and lead to the perpetuation of inequality later in life. That’s why we must enhance the role of libraries as a hub in our communities.
Every child should receive library membership card from Laois County Council: Barry
“This year children have not had the same opportunity to browse the aisles of their local library. I want to see a scheme introduced to encourage children in Laois to make a trip to their local library when they open again. This proposal would provide each child with a membership card and the offer of a Book-to-Keep. “Libraries in Laois have always played a key role in encouraging young people to read. This scheme could be an additional support for their work and encourage a return to libraries when level 5 restrictions come to an end.
To encourage first trip to Laois libraries, children should get book to keep: Barry
“We need to create a fairer starting point for children and help eradicate illiteracy through early intervention at the primary and secondary school level. Let’s give every child in Ireland a right to read, rooted in their local library.”