Minister for Children announces free books for all children starting school in September

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today announced the roll-out of the First 5 My Little Library Initiative. The initiative will see more than 60,000 children starting school in September invited to collect a free book bag and join their local library, with participating children and their parents receiving an invitation in the coming days.

The First 5 My Little Library Initiative will:

  • provide a My Little Library book bag to every child starting school in September for collection in libraries across the country
  • offer free library membership, with a specially designed Little Library card wallet, for the children
  • encourage free membership and use of the library to all children and adults in the family
  • include transition information for parents with each bag to support children on their learning journey
  • offer book bags in Irish and English

Press Release available here.