Wagging Tales in Rathmines Libraries at launch of Books Are Fun initiative

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A rather large and cuddly dog who loves reading books  visited Rathmines library today (Monday 7th April) with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, OisÍn Quinn,  to launch the new Books Are Fun Junior Infants Books pilot project. The book dog is the mascot for the project and he enjoyed reading books with the children from St Louis Infant School in Rathmines.
The pilot Books Are Fun project will give two free picture books, a branded pencil and a library card to children in Junior Infants classes in ten primary schools in Dublin city. The project is an initiative of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and highlights the importance of books and reading for pleasure for children. This new scheme is funded and managed by Dublin City Council's library service (Dublin City Public Libraries).
Speaking at the launch of Books Are Fun the Lord Mayor said: “As a reader and a father, I fully appreciate the importance of books and the reading experience for children of all ages but especially for the younger ones whose enthusiasm for books is evident here today. We also know from various studies, that access to books helps children to do better in school. Giving free books to children in Junior Infants classes will foster a love of books while their new library card will give them and their families free access to thousands of wonderful books in Dublin’s public libraries”
Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, said “Introducing children to lovely stories and to a lifelong friendship with books and reading is what the public library service celebrates today and everyday. A library membership is a passport to the world of imagination and ideas.  Dublin City Public Library service welcomes this Lord Mayor's initiative, which brings schools, families and libraries together at a joyous moment in the lives of these children.” 
For Further Information please contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277.
Notes to the Editor:
Public libraries in Ireland are run by Local Authorities and there are 17 million visits made to public libraries each year with 19.3 million books, audio books, CDs and DVDs borrowed  annually. (Local Government Management Agency 2013).
The Books Are Fun book packs contain a mixture of these books:
A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton
The Moose belongs to me by Oliver Jeffers
Oxford Reading Tree Stage 1: Biff, Chip and Kipper stories (graded reader, starter level)
Cá bhfuil Riley?, Is maith liom, Conas tá tú by Ciara Ní Dhuinn
The 10 schools in the pilot project are: 
St Josephs National School
Macroom Road
Coolock , Dublin 17 
Our Lady of Consolation NS
Collins Ave East
Donnycarney, Dublin 5
Dublin 7 Educate Together National School
Central Model Infants School
Marlboro Street
Dublin 1
Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch
Ballymun Road, Dublin 11
St Canice’s Girls NS
Seamus Ennis Road
Finglas East, Dublin 11
St Mary’s NS
Belmont Ave
Donnybrook, Dublin 4
St Louis Infant School
Williams Park
Rathmines, Dublin 6
St Agnes NS
Armagh Road
Crumlin, Dublin 12
St Catherine’s West NS
Donore Ave
SCR, Dublin 8