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Boost for young Gaelic speakers in Edinburgh

posted 8 May 2009, 05:29 by David Rintoul

Young Gaelic speakers in Edinburgh are to be encouraged to read with a grant from Bòrd na Gàidhlig to the library service.

The Central Children's Library on George IV Bridge and the Fountainbridge Library have added hundreds of new Gaelic books to their collection.

Pupils from the Gaelic teaching unit at Tollcross Primary School named the dedicated reading area and surrounding book collection in Fountainbridge Library, Nead na Gàidhlig, or Gaelic Nest.

City culture leader Deidre Brock said in a statement: "This will be a fantastic resource and, with hundreds of great Gaelic books to enjoy, the future's bright for our youngest Gaelic speakers across the city this Homecoming year.

"I am passionate about the Gaelic language's place in Scotland's heritage and national identity.

"The council's forthcoming Gaelic plan affirms the belief that Gaelic is a vital and integral part of Scottish contemporary culture - and that it has the potential to add a great deal to life in our capital."

Gaelic books are also to be added the Bookstart packs which are given to babies, toddlers and three-year-olds across the city.

The Gaelic medium unit at Tollcross Primary School provides for nursery and primary pupils from all over Edinburgh.

Source: STV

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