Thursday, 16 January 2014

Investment Made In Children's Libraries

Bar Hill Library
Youngsters across Cambridgeshire are set to benefit from exciting new additions to their library services.

It comes as Cambridgeshire Libraries has invested in new stock – buying lots of new board and picture books, updating the junior information collections and increasing the selection of children’s books in e-format.

Some themed collections will be circulating across the county too. Additional sets of multi-sensory story books and books in large print format have been purchased to improve the offer to children and families with visual impairment and learning difficulties, providing opportunities to read together.

Two new collections of Bag Books, which are multi-sensory story telling kits, have also been added. These can now be found in Cambridge Central, Huntingdon and Ely libraries. Bag Books are designed to be used with children who have severe and profound learning difficulties or who are on the autistic spectrum. They are loaned out free of charge to special schools and to parents/carers.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, Councillor David Harty said “We’re committed to investing in our library service whenever possible even within these difficult financial times. Ensuring that we have a library service that is suitable for all of our residents is important to us and that’s why we've made this investment in our children’s offer."

Local Parish Councillor Andy Pellew added "It's great to see, even in these challenging times, that County can still find money to invest in our vital libraries. Investments like this will pay dividends years down the line and it's important that they continue."