Minister Damien English launches ‘Spring into Story-time 2017’ a new public library initiative
Minister Damien English, T.D., Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal today, 5 April 2017, announced ‘Spring into Story-time’, the latest initiative from the Public Library Service’s ‘Right to Read’ programme.
‘Spring into Story-time’ will deliver a range of story-time events for children of all ages in the 332 libraries throughout Ireland in April. Announcing the initiative, Minister English said, ‘Spring into Story-time’ provides an ideal opportunity for children to take time to enjoy a variety of stories in their local library. Children will experience reading as an activity which is fun, entertaining and importantly allows families to share this happy time together.’
At the launch in Pearse St Library, the Minister praised the initiative saying “it is a wonderful programme and I would encourage parents to bring their children to the local library and join in. Reading enhances children’s well-being, creativity and imagination with better social and health outcomes and an overall better quality of life as they get older.”
Noting that library staff welcome parents to the story-time sessions, he added, “I would encourage everybody involved with children, both families and educators, to check out the list of events at their local library. The public libraries provide a fantastic opportunity to find new stories, get new ideas and learn more about favourite hobbies and interests.”
Note for Editors
- Spring into Story-time is part of the Right to Read Programme (identified as part of the public libraries strategy, Opportunities for All), and is a creative way in which children’s literacy skills can be developed.
- Improving literacy standards is a national priority as literacy is considered a critical skill and contributor to the overall wellbeing of society.
Further information can be found at http://www.librariesireland.ie/story-time/ or by contacting local library services.