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EXCITING NEW LIBRARY READING PROGRAMME FOR UNDER-4s AIMS TO BOOST CHILDREN’S LOVE OF BOOKS

Libraries Unlimited launches ‘Libro’s Friends’ adventure across Devon and Torbay

An exciting new early years reading programme with stickers to collect has been
launched in libraries across Devon and Torbay, aiming to inspire a lifelong love of
reading.
Libro’s Friends is an extension of Libraries Unlimited’s hugely successful The
Secret Book Quest, which was launched in 2021.
Both programmes have been created as part of Libraries Unlimited’s drive to boost
the reading skills of children in the county.
The Secret Book Quest uses a free sticker collection book to set older children a 50-
book goal and takes them on a journey through topics ranging from space to
animals.
With Libro’s Friends, under-5s will get a similar sticker book and the chance to
collect eight unique stickers to find out where Libro the Cat’s animal friends are
hiding. Libro is an established character in The Secret Book Quest, created by the
illustrator, Emily Fox. Emily is an acclaimed children’s book illustrator whose has
created artwork for the covers of children’s classics as well as a compilation of
writing edited by award-winning author, Katherine Rundell.
Children who go to their library with their parents or carers and sign up for Libro’s
Friends will get the sticker book for free. They’ll be invited to set a goal to visit the
library eight times and enjoy a story. For each library visit, they’re given a sticker
which will reveal one of Libro’s animal pals including Marli the mouse, Ollie the owl
and Faisal the fox.
Sophie Crofts, Reading Development Manager with Libraries Unlimited, said: “We’re
really excited to be launching this fantastic new programme aimed at developing
early reading skills in young children. Almost 7000 children have so far signed up to
read 50 books on The Secret Book Quest, and we are hoping to reach just as many
little ones with Libro’s Friends. As they go through the adventure, we hope they’ll
develop an all important love of stories and books, but also a love of their local
library where they are free to choose from a wide selection of books to really spark
their imaginations. Reading together is of course valuable family bonding time, and
will also develop their speech and language skills at a crucial age.”
“Books and reading are essential in sparking a child’s imagination. It sets them up for
life to be able to connect with the wider world around them. And the best way to
encourage children is by reading to them and by making it fun. We know Libro and
his friends are offering exactly that.”
Older siblings aged 5 and over who haven’t yet signed up for The Secret Book Quest
can join the challenge digitally here and sign up in person at their local library. There
is a special prize to win when they reach the Secret Book Quest goal of reading 50
books.
To sign up for Libro’s Friends visit your local library in person. This is also an
opportunity to discover the other exciting activities going on in libraries aimed at
babies and young children, including Bounce & Rhyme and Stay & Play groups,
Storytime reading groups and baby weighing facilities.
Libro’s Friends will be available from all libraries from Saturday 6th April.
Libraries in Devon and Torbay are run by Libraries Unlimited, an independent staff
and community owned charity. Join up for free by filling in the online form at
devonlibraries.org.uk or torbaylibraries.org.uk. Follow Libraries Unlimited on
Facebook.
For further information and full contact details please visit our web page
librariesunlimited.org.uk.