Lancashire County Council is keen to remind parents that children up to the age of five can join a library, and benefit from many free services available.
There’s lots on offer in addition to introducing children to books and a love of reading at an early age. As well as thousands of books, libraries offer activities for young children 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 150,000 children under five-years-old are Lancashire library members and have their own library card. Children can get a library card from birth.
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 it’s important to give children the chance to experience the joy of reading from an early age.
“Our fantastic free service can help them discover a lasting love of books that remains 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 even Lego sessions for older children to 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.