Launching the new 'Reading to your Baby' leaflet in Mullingar Library, was Cathaoirleach Cllr Liam McDaniel, with Deirdre Broderick and Edel Scally.

Libraries launch guide 'Reading to your Baby'

It’s never too early to start the reading habit and Westmeath Libraries is committed to supporting families in building their reading confidence and instilling a love of reading for fun.

The new 'Reading to your Baby Guide' has been launched with partners from Westmeath County Childcare Committee, Westmeath Community Development’s Empowering Communities Programme, and local public health nurses.

The guide has plenty of tips to empower parents and encourage reading to your baby, supporting their literacy from birth onwards. The guide forms part of the overall national Right to Read Programme which promotes literacy and reading development for people of all ages and backgrounds.

At the launch of the 'Reading to your Baby' leaflet in Mullingar library, were from left: Colleen Davey PHN, Sharon Cleary Westmeath County Childcare Committee, Deirdre Broderick, Mullingar Library, Catherine Rooney, Mullingar Library, Sheryl Keenan Empowering Communities Programme.

The leaflet coincides with the launch of the First 5 Little Book at Bedtime Initiative, a collaboration with public libraries and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) supported by Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman and by Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys.

Free bedtime story books and library card wallets are available at the library for all children of four years and under. This exciting initiative aims to engage all parents and guardians of young children to read stories with them at bedtime.

Events at Mullingar Library

Mullingar Library also hosts a weekly Baby Book Club. All are welcome to attend this fun event on Friday mornings from 10am to 10.30am and from Friday October 20 onwards.

Mullingar Library will also be hosting a public health nurse led breastfeeding support group at 11am. There’s so much to do at your local library, why not pop in for a visit, you never know what you might discover!

Remember, membership of the library is free to all and there are no fines or fees for late books! You can even join up online before your visit at