You’re never too young to join the library, and now there’s even more reason to visit your local library.  Our reading mascots Squirrel and Hedgehog now feature on a new library card specially designed for our younger members.

Children under- five can also join Squirrel’s reading club and collect beautiful character stickers with every library visit. 

Designed by local illustrator Iain Welch, the special library card and sticker scheme feature pictures of Squirrel and his woodland friends.  Once children have collected four stickers, they can choose their very own story book to keep, personalised with a Squirrel Club bookplate featuring the child’s name. The scheme is supported by children’s reading charity BookTrust who have donated 2,500 picture books to give to Herefordshire children.’

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A child chooses a Squirrel Club sticker for her collector card
Councillor Gemma Davies, Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets, said:

“Inspiring children to achieve is a big ambition for the council, and joining the library at a young age is the best way for a child to foster a love of reading, learning and making sense of the world around them.”

Councillor Diana Toynbee, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting, added:

“Libraries are magical places for small children – drop into your local one soon and discover all its treasures.  I’m very proud of Herefordshire’s libraries and their wonderful staff, and delighted to support the Squirrel Club.  It’s great news for Herefordshire families.”