More than 1000 children have signed up for a Skoobs passport at Renfrewshire Council’s libraries since its launch in October.
The Skoobs, who are a bunch of colourful characters designed to make libraries a fun and engaging place for youngsters, have proved to be extremely popular.
Kids who join the library receive a special Skoobs passport and goodies every time they visit.
They also receive a special certificate if they complete three SuperSkoob challenges – book reading, fact finding and treasure hunting.
Kids are encouraged to take part in the wide variety of activities on offer in the libraries, including Bookbug, help with homework, arts and crafts sessions and the toy library.
Since the launch, nearly 300 kids have joined the library and over 900 kids have transferred their old library tickets for new Skoobs passports.
Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of the Renfrewshire Council’s Sports, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “It’s great that over 1000 of our youngsters have signed up to the Skoobs initiative. We want to encourage more of our young people to make use of our libraries and the Skoobs are a great way to do this.
“Libraries are a valuable resource in the learning and development of our children. The addition of some bright and colourful characters has helped to transform our libraries into vibrant, attractive and engaging places for kids to come and learn.
“Joining the library at a young age can have lifelong benefits, building a great habit of book reading and supporting learning for years to come. It’s also a good way to boost confidence and develop social skills through the many activities that take place in our libraries.”
The Skoobs is now one of many initiatives aiming to get young children reading – the Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by Tesco Bank, has also been a big success, with lots of kids coming along to their local libraries to take part.
Kids can join the library by filling in a form at their local library or online.