Timetable of Events - Children's Book Festival 2000

Clare County Library takes part annually in Children’s Book Festival. Usually timetabled around Halloween each year, it is an opportunity for children to visit their local library and enjoy suitable entertainment free of charge. Librarians focus on increasing awareness of facilities on offer to young readers and highlighting the accessibility of the service to everyone. As well as providing suitable reading material, the library has an equally important role to play in introducing children to the world of arts and culture. Clare County Library tries to do this by introducing art, crafts, magic and theatre annually during Children’s Book Festival.

Regular events held in branches throughout the county are :-

Authors who have visited our libraries in recent years include ;

Don Conroy, Siobhan Parkinson, Cora Harrison, Michael Mullen, Morgan Llywellyn, Peter Regan, June Considine, Tom McCaughren, Tom Richards, Gerard Whelan and Larry O’Loughlin.

Storytellers are always popular and among those who have entertained children in the past are Liz Weir, Pat Ryan, Billy Teare and Eddie Lenihan.

Children’s Book Festival 2000
Aislinn O'Loughlin performing at Ennistymon Library for Childrens Book Festival 2000Library branches throughout the County celebrated Children’s Book Festival from Tuesday the 31st of October to Saturday the 4th of November. Children of all ages were invited to join in activities, that were designed to suit all age groups.

Aislinn O’Loughlin was this year’s visiting author. Aislinn, who recently appeared on Den TV, is well known to children for her hilarious reworkings of famous fairytales. Her first book Cinderella’s Fella was written when she was only fourteen.

Pat Speight from Cork told stories in Corofin, Kilkee, Scariff, Shannon and Kilrush Libraries. Specialising in traditional Irish Tales, Pat has stories to make you laugh and cry, stories about animals and birds, kings and warriors, mythical and mystical characters that inspire and captivate the imagination.

Mr. Mystery Promotions were back again this year featuring Gypsy Kate and Tony Galvin. The show was an interactive and highly entertaining one. Gypsy Kate’s Carnival of Fun, an hour-long combination of magic and puppets, was particularly suited to young children.

Actress, playwright, and director, Eleanor Feeley conducted dramatised readings/workshops in libraries during the week. Children were encouraged to actively participate in the reading of classic tales and through the power of their imagination, create their own "magic" stories. Eleanor has a passionate attachment to books and the passing on of that love of reading to children.

picture of children at Ennistymon Library for Children's Book Festival 2000Theatre and drama is a regular feature of Children’s Book Festival in County Clare and this year was no exception. The English Theatre Group Word of Mouth performed Cuchulain, the War Machine in De Valera Library, Ennis, Kilrush, Kilmihil, Kilkee, Killaloe, Shannon, Sixmilebridge and Ennistymon libraries during the festival.

In its role of introducing children to the world of arts and culture, the library included music also in this year’s programme. Well known radio presenter, Austin Durack, hosted creative music workshops for children, inviting young participants to provide lyrics for songs for which Austin provided the music.

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