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LGMA managing Little Library initiative

The LGMA is collaborating with libraries and the Department of Children, Equality and Disability on a new initiative that will see 4,500 Early Learning and Care settings, including registered childminders, receive free book bags from their local library. 
The Little Library Initiative aims to develop a consistent link between early learning and care service and their local library to encourage a love of books and reading among young children. 

The First 5 Little Library Initiative will:

  • Distribute a selection of books and resources to all early learning and care services, through the national network of libraries;
  • Ensure this selected collection of books is also held in libraries which can be loaned out to young children and their families;
  • Encourage membership and use of the library network among early learning and care services and among young children and their families;
  • Support the early learning and care services and families in use of this resource;
  • Encourage ongoing collaboration between the early learning and care services and libraries and support families in establishing or developing the practice of reading. 
The project is a collaboration between the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA). €650,000 has been provided for the project from DCEDIY and DRCD. 
The distribution of the First 5 Little Library is being managed by the Libraries Development Unit at the LGMA.