Free e-books and e-audiobooks for pupils in Years 3-6 at Gwynedd Primary Schools

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To mark World Book Day, the Gwynedd School Library Service has launched a free e-book and audiobook service for pupils in Years 3-6 through the Borrowbox service as part of its contractual service to primary schools in the county.

The program uses a version of Borrowbox, which is a digital library that allows users to borrow eBooks or audiobooks to read or listen to on their smart device or computer. It contains a selection of resources in Welsh and English specifically aimed at children. Therefore, they cannot download a book that is unsuitable or contains adult content.

Nia Gruffydd, Head of Gwynedd Council Libraries, said: “There has been a growing demand for Welsh e-books, particularly in the wake of the pandemic and the lockdowns, and we are delighted to meet the demand by offering a large selection of books. in Welsh and English for children via this always-on digital library.

Councilor Gareth Thomas, Cabinet Member of the Gwynedd Council for Economic and Community Development, who is responsible for Gwynedd Libraries, said: “We are pleased to be able to extend this important program through the School Library Service to to ensure that resources are available at any time of day that is convenient for young readers.

Councilor Cemlyn Williams, Cabinet Member of Gwynedd Council for Education, added: ‘The scheme is already available for Years 3 and 4 pupils and has proven popular so it is great to see it extended to students up to grade 6 who can benefit from this useful and important resource.

Iwan Davies, Head of Ysgol Rhiwlas, said: “Many thanks to the Gwynedd Schools Library Service for extending this resource to Years 5 and 6.

“Grade 3 and 4 students are already using BorrowBox and it’s an additional tool to get kids reading and improving their literacy skills.

“The registration process is very simple and the children received login information through the school.”

To use Gwynedd Schools Library Service’s Borrowbox, visit https://gwyneddsls.borrowbox.com/ and login with the details provided by your school, or you can download the app to a smart device via the App Store or Google Play Store.

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