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Children's Book Festival 2018

Full Programme of Events


October 2018

Month of October 2018
Penpals Across the Pond
DeValera Public Library, Ennis
Pen Pals Across the Pond is a collaboration between DeValera Public Library in Ennis and the Bloomington Public Library in Bloomington, Illinois, USA.
Children from DeValera Library can write letters or draw pictures about anything they choose (including, but not limited to, food, books, toys, favourite past times, school, their families, etc.). The letters will be dropped into our collection box or handed in at the library desk and then mailed to Bloomington Public Library, Illinois. Bloomington Public Library has a similar box where they will collect letters to send to us. So get started on your letters and pictures! We will be displaying the letters we receive from America in DeValera Public Library.
Contact Samantha at DeValera Public Library on 065 6846353 for more information.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018
Books for BUMBLEance tour - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
Scariff Public Library from 10.00am

The BUMBLEance team will be joined by popular children’s writers, Christine Hamill and Derek Mulveen, who will demonstrate first-hand the benefits of reading at times when we may not be feeling our best. The BUMBLEance visit will educate young children about illness and the central role it plays in supporting sick children nationwide. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Shannon Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon will continue from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Shannon Public Library on 061 364266 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018
Decoupage Session, a 2018 Positive Ageing Week event
Kilrush Public Library, 11.00am-1.00pm

Why not try out decoupage and relax at the same time at our Decoupage session facilitated by Rose Molloy.
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cut-outs onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements.
Participants are asked to bring a small object along with them, such as a plain glass or small box.
Light refreshments provided. All welcome but places are limited.
Contact library staff at Kilrush Public Library on 065-9051504 for more information.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018
Instant Irish Workshop
DeValera Public Library from 6.30pm-7.30pm

Michael McCaughan, author of Coming Home: One Man’s Return to the Irish Language will provide a workshop for people who are thinking about coming back to the language (or tackling it for the first time), combining inspirational/motivational background talk about the language, how we lost it, and how we might get it back, and then, for the second part, a session which gives people some Irish to take away with them. Event free and all welcome.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
Books for BUMBLEance tour - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
Miltown Malbay Public Library from 10am

The BUMBLEance team will be joined by popular children’s writers, Christine Hamill and Derek Mulveen, who will demonstrate first-hand the benefits of reading at times when we may not be feeling our best. The BUMBLEance visit will educate young children about illness and the central role it plays in supporting sick children nationwide. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
Decoupage Session, a 2018 Positive Ageing Week event
De Valera Public Library, Ennis 11.00am-1.00pm

Why not try out decoupage and relax at the same time at our Decoupage session facilitated by Rose Molloy.
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cut-outs onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements.
Participants are asked to bring a small object along with them, such as a plain glass or small box.
Light refreshments provided. All welcome but places are limited.
Contact library staff at De Valera Public Library, Ennis on 065-6846353 for more information.


Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
Chess Classes for Children
Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30 pm

10 weeks of chess classes to be given by tutor Stephen Danaher which will teach children aged 7+ years to play chess. Places are limited and booking is essential.
Contact Ennistymon Library at (065) 7071245. This is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme of events

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
Instant Irish Workshop
Kilrush Public Library from 6.30pm-7.30pm

Michael McCaughan, author of Coming Home: One Man’s Return to the Irish Language will provide a workshop for people who are thinking about coming back to the language (or tackling it for the first time), combining inspirational/motivational background talk about the language, how we lost it, and how we might get it back, and then, for the second part, a session which gives people some Irish to take away with them. Event free and all welcome.

Thursday, 4th October 2018
Books for BUMBLEance tour - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
William Smith O’Brien Public Library, Newmarket-on-Fergus, 10.00am to 11.30am

The BUMBLEance team will be joined by popular children’s writers, Christine Hamill and Derek Mulveen, who will demonstrate first-hand the benefits of reading at times when we may not be feeling our best. The BUMBLEance visit will educate young children about illness and the central role it plays in supporting sick children nationwide. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.

Thursday, 4th October 2018
Poetry with Lucinda Jacob - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
Lisdoonvarna Pulbic Library at 10.10am

Embark on a magical, inspirational journey through the seasons as Lucinda reads from her bestselling poetry book for children, Hopscotch in the Sky and tells the stories
of how the poems in it came to be written. The sessions will all include a workshop element where the children will get the chance to write both collaboratively and individually to create their own poems. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.

Thursday, 4th October 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Ennistymon Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon will continue from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Ennistymon Public Library on 065 7071245 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Thursday, 4th October 2018
Poetry with Lucinda Jacob - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
Miltown Malbay Public Library at 11.45am

Embark on a magical, inspirational journey through the seasons as Lucinda reads from her bestselling poetry book for children, Hopscotch in the Sky and tells the stories
of how the poems in it came to be written. The sessions will all include a workshop element where the children will get the chance to write both collaboratively and individually to create their own poems. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.

Thursday, 4th October 2018
Books for BUMBLEance tour - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 1.00pm to 2.30pm

The BUMBLEance team will be joined by popular children’s writers, Christine Hamill and Derek Mulveen, who will demonstrate first-hand the benefits of reading at times when we may not be feeling our best. The BUMBLEance visit will educate young children about illness and the central role it plays in supporting sick children nationwide. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.

Friday, 5th October 2018
Poetry with Lucinda Jacob - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
Kilrush Public Library at 10.10am

Embark on a magical, inspirational journey through the seasons as Lucinda reads from her bestselling poetry book for children, Hopscotch in the Sky and tells the stories
of how the poems in it came to be written. The sessions will all include a workshop element where the children will get the chance to write both collaboratively and individually to create their own poems. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.


Friday, 5th October 2018
Poetry with Lucinda Jacob - A Children’s Book Festival and Creative Ireland Event.
Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 11.45am

Embark on a magical, inspirational journey through the seasons as Lucinda reads from her bestselling poetry book for children, Hopscotch in the Sky and tells the stories
of how the poems in it came to be written. The sessions will all include a workshop element where the children will get the chance to write both collaboratively and individually to create their own poems. Suitable for 1st to 6th classes.

Friday, 5th October 2018
Information stand with Shannon Active Retirement and Men’s Shed: A Positive Ageing Week Event
Séan Lemass Public Library, Shannon 12-3pm

To celebrate Positive Ageing Week, the Shannon branch of Active Retirement Ireland and Men’s Shed will be in Shannon Library on Friday 5th October, 12-3pm, to let people know how they can become involved and enjoy the good things in life as we get older. All are welcome. Tea/Coffee available.
A display of books celebrating positive ageing will be on display in the library all week

Saturday, 6th October 2018
Summer Stars Event
Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon from 10.30am-1pm

Join us for a morning of fun with puppets, facepainting, arts and crafts, spot prizes, certificate presentation and more for children who have participated in Summer Stars 2018.

Tuesday, 9th October 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Shannon Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon will continue from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Shannon Public Library on 061 364266 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Wednesday, 10th October - Saturday, 27th October 2018
"A Mindful of Mandalas" - an exhibition marking World Mental Health Day
Scariff Public Library Gallery

"A Mindful of Mandalas" is a collaborative crochet art project which highlights the positive effects crochet and community groups can have on personal mental health and wellbeing.
Crocheters from around Ireland have contributed to this exhibition, sharing their skills and thoughts on what the art of crochet means to them.
The exhibition has been organised by A Circle of Stitches, a knitting, stitching and crochet group who meet weekly in Scariff Library to help show that colour, repetition, creating and completing something can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing, and that community groups can combat loneliness and offer a chance to share skills and to connect to others, enhancing quality of life.
The exhibition will be launched at Scariff Library Gallery on Mental Health Day, Wednesday, 10th October 2018.
This is a free event and all are welcome. Please phone Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Monday, 15th October, 2018
‘My Baby and Me’,
Séan Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 10am to 12pm

The LCETB are hosting a free 8 week course called 'My Baby and Me' for new parents in Shannon Library, beginning Monday 15th October from 10am - 12pm. Parents are invited to attend with their babies and children, aged 3 and under. The classes are free and drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Mary on 065-6897645 or search using the keywords 'My Baby and Me' on www.learningandskills.ie. Please note: priority is given to those at or below Leaving Certificate level of education and those under 25.

Wednesday, 17th October 2018
‘My Baby and Me’.
Kilrush Public Library, 10am to 12pm.

The LCETB are hosting a free 8 week course called 'My Baby and Me' for new parents in Kilrush Library, beginning Wednesday, 17th October from 10am - 12pm. Parents are invited to attend with their babies and children, aged 3 and under. The classes are free and drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Mary on 065-6897645 or search using the keywords 'My Baby and Me' on www.learningandskills.ie. Please note: priority is given to those at or below Leaving Certificate level of education and those under 25.

Friday, 19th October 2018
My Baby and Me
Scariff Public Library, 10am to 12pm

The LCETB are hosting a free 8 week course called 'My Baby and Me' for new parents in Scariff Library, beginning Friday 19th October from 10am - 12pm. Parents are invited to attend with their babies and children, aged 3 and under. The classes are free and drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Mary on 065-6897645 or search using the keywords 'My Baby and Me' on www.learningandskills.ie. Please note: priority is given to those at or below Leaving Certificate level of education and those under 25.

Friday, 19th October, 2018
Launch of two Books: Fact and Fiction and Chasing the Craic
DeValera Public Library, Ennis, 6.30pm

Fact and Fiction
Two Authors 40 stories 20 titles by Elizabeth Starr and Niall Allsop
Elizabeth Starr writes fiction; Niall Allsop writes non-fiction. Each came up with ten titles, wrote about each themselves, and then wrote about each other’s. The result, Fact & Fiction, is a unique book of short stories—20 non-fiction and 20 fiction—crammed with multifarious characters to make you laugh and cry, to shock you and enthrall you, to puzzle you and enlighten you. Expect the unexpected.

Chasing the Craic: Travel tales of an Irish rover by Niall Allsop
Chasing the Craic is an irreverent travelogue; tongue-in-cheek, foot-in-mouth tales of Niall Allsop’s travelling encounters across mainland Europe, the United States and Ireland.
It is a compendium of tales and anecdotes, adventures and misadventures, observations and reflections, of an inveterate rover, of someone who always assumes that people are more likely to be open and generous if you share a bit of the craic with them.
This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided. Call DeValera Library for more information 065 6846353

Monday, 22nd October 2018
Parent and Baby Yoga Taster Session (A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event)
Scariff Public Library, 11am – 12pm

Antoinette Butler Mulcaire will lead a taster session of yoga for parents and babies up to crawling stage. Free event. Booking essential. For booking and information call Scariff Public Library on (061) 922893.

Tuesday, 23rd October 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Kilrush Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Kilrush Public Library on 065 9051504 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.


Thursday, 25th October 2018
Hallowe'en Storytime and Craft for ages 3 - 6
Scariff Public Library, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Free event. No booking required, just come along for some spooky fun! Tel. Scariff Public Library (061) 922893

Friday, 26th October 2018
Autumn Tales and Leaf Art for ages 2 - 5
DeValera Public Library, 11am

Listen to some Autumn tales and get crafty with beautiful leaves.
Free event. No booking required, just come along for some Autumn fun! Tel. DeValera Public Library (065) 6846353

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Kilrush Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon will continue from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Kilrush Public Library on 065 9051504 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm
Film – "Sully”

On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.
Cert 12A. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided. Call Scariff Library for more information 061 922893

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
Halloween storytime and crafts
Kilrush Branch Library at 3pm

Join us in Kilrush Public Library for a spooky Halloween themed storytime and craft session. Suitable for 3 to 7 year olds.
Places are limited, booking is necessary. Contact Kilrush Library at (065) 9051504 for more information.

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
Halloween Storytime & Colouring
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4.00pm

Join us in Shannon Public Library for a spooky Halloween themed storytime and colouring activities.
Suitable for 3 to 6 year olds. This event is free and all are welcome to join in for spooky fun. Contact Shannon Library at (061) 364266 for more information.

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
'Be Dog Smart - a FREE Safety Workshop for Expectant Parents'
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.00pm

Keep yourself safe by learning about a dog’s body language, how to approach a dog and what to do if you get nervous around a dog. Whether it’s your own dog at home, or a dog you meet at the park, learn how to “Be Dog Smart”. So if you’re an expectant parent, or would just like to find out more about Dogs Trust Be Dog Smart programme come along on the evening. This event is free and all are welcome. Tel. Shannon Library (061) 364266

Wednesday 31st October 2018
Halloween Storytime and Crafts
Corofin Public Library at 11 am.

Join us in Corofin Public Library for a spooky Halloween storytime with colouring, drawing & sticker craft.
Suitable for 3 to 6 year olds. This event is free and all are welcome. Contact Caroline at (065) 6837219 for more information.

Wednesday, 31st October 2018
Special FX Make-up Workshops
Scariff Public Library, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Look your most terrifying this Halloween with a special FX make-up workshop.
Free event, booking is required. Suitable for ages 9+. Tel. Scariff Public Library (061) 922893


See Also:
Children's Services for the Children's Festival and Summer Projects


Library Events 2017
Library Events 2016
Library Events 2015