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Bookstart packs available through Powys Library Service

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17 August 2020

Image of Bookstart items Powys Library Service has joined a pilot scheme across Wales, led by Booktrust Cymru, to provide Bookstart packs to families who did not receive one from their Health Visitor due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Bookstart is a national scheme that encourages parents to share and enjoy books with their children from an early age. Bilingual baby and toddler packs were routinely gifted to families by Health Visitors; however, this was not possible during lockdown. This will now be restarting and continue to be the normal way to receive a pack.

Any family who did not receive a pack is invited to contact the library service using the book Order & Collect request helpline 01597 827460 to order their pack and arrange collection.

The scheme will operate from the main Order & Collect centres (Machynlleth, Llanfyllin, Y Lanfa (Welshpool), Newtown, Llandrindod, y Gaer and Ystradgynlais) with other pick-up points available by arrangement.

Councillor Rachel Powell, Cabinet Member for Young People, Leisure and Culture, said:

"With a background in early years and child development, through various roles, I know the importance of the Bookstart packs, that encourage early social relationships, affirm positive attachments and are vital for speech and language development. It is important that all families have access to this early resource especially during this time, when face-to-face support has been limited.

"There are some resources through this scheme and for any baby, just hearing a parent or care givers voice in describing pictures will be a positive introduction to the benefits of any literacy resource."

We are also encouraging parents to bring their baby up to the library (no ID required) and collect a bag of library books to borrow and share. Libraries have a range of books - in English and Welsh - that babies and toddlers will enjoy: https://en.powys.gov.uk/orderandcollectbooks

Helen Wales, BookTrust Cymru, Head of Country - Wales said: "Sharing books with your baby or toddler is a wonderful way to bond, have fun and help them develop. It really is never too early to start sharing books.

"We're thrilled to be working with Powys Libraries to make sure families can receive their Bookstart packs. We know that lockdown has been a really tough time for families and hope that sharing Bookstart books will be a simple way for children and their parents to have fun together."

Order and Collect your free Bookstart pack from your library now!

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