€38,000 to be spent on li­brary sup­ports

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

AL­MOST €38,000 has been ear­marked to pro­vide li­brary sup­ports to com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als at risk of be­ing so­cially ex­cluded, marginalis­ed or dis­ad­van­taged in Co Wick­low.

In all, some €650,000 is be­ing pro­vided na­tion­wide through the Dor­mant Ac­counts Ac­tion Plan 2019, Min­is­ter of State Sean Can­ney an­nounced last week. Pay­ments will be made by the Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Michael Ring.

The fund­ing is de­signed to pro­vide ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tional, life­long learn­ing, so­cial in­clu­sion, and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion sup­ports avail­able through the pub­lic li­brary ser­vice; to sup­port digital lit­er­acy, digital ac­cess and digital ca­pac­ity for dis­ad­van­taged and marginalis­ed com­mu­ni­ties; and to pro­vide lit­er­acy sup­ports in tan­dem with the na­tional Rightto-Read Pro­gramme.

The to­tal al­lo­ca­tion for Co Wick­low is €37,914. Of this, €28,435.50 comes from a de­part­ment con­tri­bu­tion, while the re­main­ing €9,478.50 is a lo­cal au­thor­ity con­tri­bu­tion.

Six projects in Co Wick­low will re­ceive a share of the fund­ing.

The big­gest al­lo­ca­tion – €23,800 – will go to­wards ‘Lexia’, a lit­er­acy pro­gramme for those with dyslexia and dys­praxia.

Touch-type Read and Spell for Teach­ers, a lit­er­acy and digital skills course for tar­geted pupils and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion school teach­ers, has been al­lo­cated €7,694 while €1,590 has been as­signed to ‘Story-time at the Li­brary – Spark­ing an In­ter­est in Reading’, which is a six-week story-time and arts based in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing pro­gramme for 24 chil­dren from a lo­cal af­ter-school project and a ju­nior youth group in a dis­ad­van­taged area.

Some €1,200 will be used to pro­vide a half-day’s com­puter train­ing to adults in dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas to help them learn the ba­sics of on­line bank­ing, shop­ping, book­ing hol­i­days, us­ing Google Maps, etc. STEM ses­sions for chil­dren aged three to 12 years and their par­ents has been al­lo­cated €1,920.

The fi­nal project to ben­e­fit, to the tune of €1,440, is Tod­dler Time, which in­volves one-hour ses­sions to en­cour­age par­ents from dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas to read to their chil­dren and to also use mu­sic, move­ment and rhyme.

Min­is­ter Can­ney said that the fund­ing will ‘help meet the needs of a di­verse range of in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties and fa­cil­i­tate in­clu­sion and par­tic­i­pa­tion by all’ and added that pub­lic li­braries have an im­por­tant role to play ‘in de­liv­er­ing ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices to com­ply with our Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals’.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter Ring said: ‘Every­one should feel that the li­brary is a space for them. This fund­ing will help reach out to com­mu­ni­ties who may not have pre­vi­ously en­gaged with the ser­vice.’

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