Local T.D. and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, this week kicked off public libraries ‘Going Places With Books: the Summer Reading Buzz’ challenge. Launched in the County Library in Tallaght, children are being encouraged to keep reading during the summer months to keep their literacy skills improving outside of school time.
“As a child, one of my favourite places was the
library. Every Saturday, I would go and pick out books for the rest of the week
to keep me entertained. The love of reading I got from my local library has
stayed with me and if we encourage children to read when they’re younger, it
opens up a world of creativity and education that will last a lifetime. I am
delighted to be launching such a positive initiative for children and it’s
fantastic to be able to do so in my own County Library. I would like to pay
tribute to Georgina Byrne and her staff on the progressive and positive
initiatives South Dublin County Council have brought to libraries in Clondalkin
and Lucan,” said Fitzgerald.
Young people can sign up for the Summer Reading Buzz
challenge in their local libraries across Dublin, Kildare and Longford. To take
part, drop into a library and pick up a Summer Reading Buzz card. Once you’ve
taken out ten books, hand back your card to the librarian, where it will be
entered into a draw for fabulous prizes. Participants will also get bookmarks,
pencils and other goodies along the way.
“We have a great library service in Clondalkin and
Lucan for children. In an age of technology and video games, we can sometimes
overlook the simple pleasure of reading a terrific book. In a world where books
compete with Xboxes and online games for children’s attention, it’s important to
remind parents of the benefits reading provides to children. Research shows that
reading and literacy skills can decline in children during the long summer break
therefore it is vital to keep children developing their reading skills during
the summer months. Over the summer I would encourage children and their parents
to head down to their local libraries and to discover a love of books through
the Summer Buzz Reading challenge,” concluded Fitzgerald.