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Going to the library

What to do with this activity?

Take a visit to your local library - it's totally free. Let your child choose, borrow, read and later return books. There are books about your child's hobbies and interests, and story books (fiction). You can also find DVDs and CDs to borrow. 

There are over 350 libraries in Ireland and mobile libraries as well.

Books are organised for your child's age group and staff will help you find the ones that suit your child.

If you have never been to your local library, you might like to press play on the video above which is all about going to the library.


  • Why am I doing this?

    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.

  • How can I do more?

    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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