Babies get the book bug 

Lilly Tyrer, aged 4, shows off her library card.
Lilly Tyrer, aged 4, shows off her library card.

In September, Bolton Libraries launched its free library membership card for children aged 0 to 4 years old.

Health visitors have been giving out specially designed and child friendly library cards to parents when they make a home visit to babies between 10 and 17 days after birth.

As well as the free cards, parents receive a leaflet giving information on the wide range of activities and resources available at the libraries and museum.

So far this month, health visitors have given out 2500 cards to parents, helping Bolton to produce a new generation of library users.

Parents and carers who take advantage of the free card can give their children a great start to life, with a wide variety of children’s books on offer at libraries across the borough.

All children are entitled to free library membership from birth, and Bolton Libraries are keen to encourage parents and carers to bring their children to the library by making membership easy and accessible.

Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, said: “This is a great idea that will not only get Bolton’s next generation into the habit of reading and using the library, but will also encourage parents to make the most of library and museum resources and activities when they take their children.

“Giving out so many cards this month shows that the interest is there among new parents to get their children along to libraries, and I hope that the scheme continues to be a great success.”

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