New Initiative to encourage children across the city to join their local Library

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Lord Mayor Paul Mc Auliffe’s new initiative aimed at 9 and 10 year olds begins today. The “Join Up, Join In” initiative aims to encourage schoolchildren in 4th class, across the city, to join their local Library.

The Lord Mayor’s initiative will kick off with the launch of a competition for 4th class pupils to design a new library card for children. The winning design will be used for all children’s library cards in the future. 

Speaking about the launch the Lord Mayor said “I want to see every child in the city get a library card and use their local libraries.  The libraries provide such an amazing range of free services from books to creative activities and introduce children to reading at an early age.  To kick-start this initiative I’m inviting 4th class students across Dublin city to enter the competition to design the new children’s library card.  Be as creative as you can and you may see every child in Dublin holding a library card with your design!”

Children can enter the competition by handing their designs in to their local library or enter through their schools. A design template is available from all branches of Dublin City Council Libraries and participating Schools and the competition will run until 22nd November 2019.

A welcoming pack, including the new card, will be delivered to all 4th classes in the New Year.

Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, said “I am very proud to support the Lord Mayor’s Initiative of inviting ALL 4th class children to join Dublin City Council Libraries. In the libraries we celebrate childhood and children through the joy of reading. Our branch libraries provide fun spaces to enjoy, imagine and explore, so I also invite all 4th class children in the Dublin City area to ‘Join Up and Join In’.  We look forward to welcoming you with your friends and family to your local library.”

The Lord Mayor and Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, will join with children from 4th class North Dublin National School Project at an event to launch the initiative in Ballymun Library on Thursday 10th October at 10.30 a.m.