Newborns are youngest ever library members

Library membership baby 2

They’ve been in the world less than a fortnight, but five-day-old Hayley Smith, six-day-old Joey-Jorge McNeill  and 12-day-old Taylor Anderson are already making a bit of local history by becoming our youngest ever library members.

Wee stars

newborn library member

Oblivious to their library star status, newborns Hayley, pictured above, and Taylor snuggled in the arms of mums Amy McGrath and Karen Fletcher while Joey-Jorge cozied up with dad Blair and big brother Jaxx, 4, to launch Midlothian’s Every Child a Library Member Project (ECALM) on Friday.

Big Bookbug welcome

Midlothian’s very own Bookbug was on hand with their library cards.

Bookbug said: “Welcome to our new Bookbug babies, especially during Bookbug Week. Our libraries are jam packed with great books for children of all ages – even tiny ones.

Library membership from birth

“A library membership from birth will help us make sure every child in Midlothian is an active library member.

“I’m looking forward to helping them choose some great books very soon.”

Councils across Scotland

All 32 councils in Scotland are taking part in the ECALM scheme in a bid to promote reading, literacy and learning – ultimately working towards tackling the significant inequalities in Scottish society.

Library trips

Taylor’s dad Stuart Anderson, pictured below, said the library card would be well used. He said: “We’ve got another son Jamie who is eight. He goes to the library in Penicuik with his gran and we’ll certainly be using our new membership too.”

Hayley’s mum Amy and Joey-Jorge’s dad Blair, the small picture above, agreed they too would be heading to the library soon. Jaxx even signed up for a card too!

Library membership baby 3


The ECALM project demonstrates that libraries are strategically placed to work with the Scottish Government in closing the attainment gap and promoting the equality of opportunity for every child. It also builds on the Government’s existing commitment to encourage reading and improve literacy standards through initiatives like PlayTalkRead and Read, Write, Count.

17 May 2019