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Thursday 17 April 2014

Instilling a love of books on Ballymote's youngest

Attending the Parent and Toddler group in Ballymote Libary were Patricia Lawrence with baby Joshua, and Katie Neary with baby Rowan

PICK UP a book and you have the world in your hands.

And a person is never too young to start.

That's the message from Ballymote Library.

Here, an effort is being made to instill a love of books, not only in teenagers but even in babies and toddlers.

As Senior Library Assistant Brenda Cawley explained, efforts are under way to set up a Teenage Book Club, involving first year secondary school students.

It is hoped to have a partnership involving Corran College and Colaiste Mhuire.

"We got volunteers from the two schools last year and we are hoping to get them back again," Brenda said.

In practise, it would mean students reading books and then coming back to the library to discuss them with Brenda and Naomi Brennan.

Meanwhile, a Parent and Toddler Group is already meeting in the library every Thursday from 10:30 am to noon.

Brenda said: "It gives an opportunity for the children to get used to the surroundings of the library and instill a love of books."

Although parents may say such children are too young to read, Brenda says: "As soon as they are born you can read to them."

"And they are allowed join the library as soon as they are born.

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