Young visitors to Lancashire libraries can collect stickers of their favourite magical characters by becoming Library Explorers.
The new scheme is being launched on Thursday 7 March to coincide with World Book Day, encouraging parents of children up to the age of four to visit a library and benefit from the many free services available.
Each young visitor taking part in the scheme will receive a Library Explorers booklet featuring various fictional character stickers including the Lancashire Reading Dragon and the Dream Fairies. Children will receive a different sticker from the 13 characters available each time they visit. Explorers who collect ten stickers will also get a certificate to recognise their achievement.
Libraries offer all sorts for young children. As well as thousands of books, there’s also activities including Bounce and Rhyme and storytelling sessions.
Free Wi-Fi is available giving parents access to a wealth of information, and the ability to play online games and stream music. Hundreds of children’s e-books and audio books are also available to download for free.
Currently 14,734 children under five-years-old are Lancashire library members and have their own library card. Children can get a library card from birth.
Children need to be a library member to take part in the Library Explorers scheme. To join, parents or carers just need to visit a library with their child and fill in a few details.
With their own library card, children can get free access to:
• Beginner and early reader books, and books with read-along CDs
• Fun and educational pre-school books
• Family movie classics and new releases
• Storytime, rhymes and music CDs
• Children’s digital content and online resources
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I firmly believe that children are never too young to visit a Lancashire library.
“It’s important to give children the chance to experience the joy of reading from an early age, and our Library Explorers scheme encourages this.
“Our fantastic free service can help them discover a lasting love of books that will remain throughout their lives.
“And as well as books, most libraries now offer free storytelling or music sessions, where parents and carers can bring their pre-school children and meet with friends and get involved.”
Children under 16 are not charged if they are late bringing books back, and staff are always happy to help to find books to suit their individual needs.
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.
For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries.
Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.