Longford County Library is one of just six library authorities to be involved in the new ‘Champions for Children’s Reading’ initiative.
Longford, Kildare and four Dublin authorities are involved in the initiative, which aims to show that reading is educational, fun and cool.
Library staff have asked a number of well-known personalities to become champions for the initiative, sharing their own personal experiences and views of reading.
Explaining the initiative, Longford County Librarian, Mary Carleton Reynolds, says; “The Reading Champions website encourages and promotes the value of reading and libraries in the lives of children by featuring twenty three national reading champions sharing their personal experiences of reading.
“We, in Longford, were delighted that musician Bressie, author Alan Earley and actress Lorna Quinn agreed to be our first reading champions and we hope to add many more to the list over the next few years,” Mary continues. “Reading is one of the most important gifts a child can receive. It opens up a whole new window on the world as well as being a valuable educational tool.”
Longford County Mayor Larry Bannon said he was delighted to see Longford collaborating with other local authorities on the initiative, complimenting the County Librarian and her staff, particularly Senior Librarians Fiona Cooney and Olive Heslin, for their work on the project.
The Reading Champions website was launched recently in Pearse Street Library, Dublin, by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn. Minister Quinn remarked that the initiative was a ‘celebration of books and reading’, adding, “The Reading Champions website offers a resource to schools and parents which can be used to help inspire this love of reading in children”.