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October 24, 2014
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Public Library Service launches Books to Go
Tourism and Culture
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A new service offered at some provincial public libraries gives busy families a great way to experience the joy of reading without having to spend precious time choosing individual titles for preschoolers, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.
“It can be difficult for today’s busy families to find the time necessary to go to a library, browse through the selections and choose books for their kids,” said Minister Henderson. “Books to Go gives parents a quick and easy option that not only gets them in and out of a library quickly, but also helps foster a love of reading at an early age when it matters most.”
Books to Go is now offered as a pilot project at five public libraries on Prince Edward Island. Each location has set aside one hundred of the best and most popular titles for preschoolers. Those books have been divided into twenty bags which are kept at the circulation desk. Parents and children need only sign out a bag for quick and easy access to the world of books. Tyne Valley, Confederation Centre, Summerside and Cornwall public libraries, as well as the Bibliothèque Dr.-J.-Edmond-Arsenault at the Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean, are participating in the pilot program.
“The primary goals of the Public Library Service on Prince Edward Island are to promote reading as a family, to encourage a love of reading and to develop the essential skills necessary for the early school years,” said Minister Henderson. “Books to Go is a great way to do all three.”
For more information on Books to Go and other programs at provincial public libraries visit www.library.pe.ca.