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Borrow Box is a free download service that is offered by Libraries Ireland. It allows you to access online e-books and audio books, both for adults and children.
First you need to join your local library in Ireland. If you are not already a member, it's a totally free service, and has lots of children's books and videos, as well as free access to the internet.
Once you have your library card and number, you can download the Borrow Box app to your personal computer, or Apple/Android mobile device and choose an ebook or audio book to download and borrow. If you find this difficult, ask your local librarian for help, or have a look at the PDF attachment top right of this page for more information.
Enjoy exploring this new world of books with your child. We recommend that you encourage your child to read hard copies of books and magazines. However, on screen or audio book options are great for travelling or just for a change.
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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