Minister Howlin helps Chloe with her reading
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin took time out from the pressures of dealing with the Troika and the sharp tongues of opposing parties to have a chat with some of his youngest constituents recently as he attended the official launch of the 'Books4Babies' scheme at Wexford Library.
While Minister Howlin would be used to dealing with much bigger numbers, he was delighted to focus on the smaller ones with young Chloe Cooper as they leafed through 'Little Monsters Book of Numbers' – one of the books available under the scheme.
Under the 'Books4Babies' scheme, some 10,000 babies born in Co. Wexford over the next four years will receive a free pack of books with the aim of fostering a love of reading and encouraging library membership from a very young age. Books4Babies is a volunteer charitable organisation founded in 2012 by teachers, healthcare professionals and literacy experts in Gorey. The scheme also encourages parents, carers and even in this case Ministers of State to read to babies as regularly as possible and get involved in local educational programmes.