Minister Joe O’Brien Welcomes My Little Library 2023 in Fingal

9th June, 2023

Minister for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien, has today welcomed the launch of #MyLittleLibrary2023. This initiative, funded through Dormant Accounts Funding provided by Minister O’Brien, offers a free book bag with storybooks for children and supportive information for parents for all children starting school in September 2023.

The aim of the initiative is that all children will start school with storybooks in their homes and as members of their local library.

This year’s initiative builds on the success of My Little Library 2022 when over 46,000 book bags were distributed to children starting school, in their local library.  The initiative resulted in over 37,000, 4 and 5-year-old children joining the library.

Speaking today about My Little Library 2023, Minister Joe O’Brien said:

“I am delighted to announce the second year of the First 5 – My Little Library book bag for all the boys and girls in Fingal who are leaving pre-school and starting school later this year. I have always been a supporter of our local libraries across Fingal, and I am delighted to see them engaging in this very positive programme.

“I hope that all the families with children starting school will visit their local library and pick up their My Little Library book bag and join the library for a lifetime of stories and reading

“Thanks to our wonderful libraries across Fingal for partnering with us on this important initiative.”

Futher Information:

The First 5 Little Library Initiative 2023 will:

  • Provide a First 5 – My Little Library book bag to every child starting school in September for collection in libraries across the country.
  • Offer free library membership, with a specially designed Little Library card wallet, for the children.
  • Encourage free membership and use of the library to all children and adults in the family.
  • Include information for parents in each bag to support children prepare for the next stage of their learning journey.
  • Offer book bags in Irish and English.

The First 5 Little Library Initiative is funded under Dormant Accounts Funding. It delivers on one of the many actions under First 5: the whole-of-Government strategy to improve the lives of babies, young children and their families. This ten-year plan aims to ensure all children in Ireland have positive early experiences and get a great start in life. Find out more at