The National Library of Wales has been awarded more than £320,000 to develop its online services as part of a £2.2m package for libraries and museums around Wales.
The money will benefit two schemes at the National Library in Aberystwyth.
A further £1m will help modernise nine libraries elsewhere.
A mobile library service in Ceredigion and a project which involves making archives more accessible has also won funding.
The £321,000 National Library of Wales grant will be used to deliver and provide online resources including newspapers, the Welshlibraries.org portal and a cross-catalogue search facility.
Libraries to be modernised
Llandrindod Wells, Powys: £180,000
Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot: £171,394
Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan: £120,000
Aberfan, near Merthyr £120,000
Pennard, Swansea: £118,585
Ceredigion (mobile): £90,410
Ely, Cardiff (Jasmine Centre): £80.000
Grangetown, Cardiff: £80,000
Pembroke Dock: £24,300
Source: Welsh government
It will also facilitate the Aberystwyth-based institution to buy online family history resources for libraries, archives and accredited museums.
The library’s chief executive and librarian, Aled Gruffydd Jones, said: “Additional funding such as this will allow for the continued enhancement of the library’s key services enabling future users in Wales from all walks of life to enjoy improved forms of access to publicly-funded information and knowledge.”
Nearly £1m will also be used to modernise nine libraries across Wales.
Did you know that children who read for pleasure do better at school?
Welsh libraries and schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a FREE library card – starting with children aged 8/9 in six local authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Powys, Swansea, Flintshire and Gwynedd.
This card will allow children to borrow two books straight away. Once proof of address is provided, they can then have access to thousands of free books as well as many more resources to help improve their school work and enhance their leisure time, including:
FREE computer use and internet access
FREE fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and talking books
FREE homework help – online and in the library
FREE e-books and e-magazines
Clubs, games, events, activities and classes in the library
Reading books at home will help you enjoy reading and do better at school. And this project also compliments the Welsh Government’s ‘Make Time to Read’ campaign, just 10 minutes reading a day can make a big difference. Find out more about the ‘Make Time to Read’ campaign’ at Better Reading.
This project is led by CyMAL (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales) and the Welsh Libraries Audience Development team.
Page 1 of Councillor Lynda James’ Spring 2014 Newsletter, updating the Pennard Ward Community about the many projects happening in Pennard – including the Friends of Pennard Library (born out of the Pennard Library Working Group)
Page 2 of Councillor Lynda James’ Spring 2014 Newsletter, updating the Pennard Ward Community about the many projects happening in Pennard – including the Friends of Pennard Library (born out of the Pennard Library Working Group)