All Plymouth newborns will be given their very first library card

All new born babies registered in Plymouth will automatically receive a library card.

As part of a new initiative their parents will be given the specially designed card when they register their birth along, with a leaflet highlighting the benefits of using the library.

Alongside books, including those specially designed for babies, libraries offer a relaxing welcoming space for parents and carers, eBooks and digital magazines to download and information and activities for all the family.

Pictured left to right Ryan Thomas with baby Reggie, Councillor Pete Smith and Pete and Lisa Bye and baby Ava.

Councillor Pete Smith, Cabinet member for the Library Service said: “The library has board books and picture books you can borrow and weekly rhymetimes are a great way to meet and socialise with other babies and families. It’s never too early to start sharing books with your baby, it’s great for bonding and will help develop their early language skills.

“When you visit take the opportunity to see what else is on offer. As well as books you can access computers and Wi-Fi and there are over 80 activities a week from reading groups, gadget help drop-ins and family history workshops to Lego and Code Clubs.”

The launch of the new library card scheme coincides with the start of National Bookstart Week from 4 to 10 June which all Plymouth libraries will be celebrating. Bookstart Week encourages families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime.

The theme this year is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’. Children who attend any of the library rhymetimes during this week will receive a free copy of the picture book A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins.

Details of all rhymetimes and Bookstart Week activities can be found on the library website.