Clare County Library Presents Children’s Book Festival 2001

Timetable of Events - Children's Book Festival 2001

Aislinn O'LoughlinChildren’s Book Festival was celebrated nationally this year from the 17th to the 31st October. All children throughout County Clare participated in an exciting and varied programme of events.

Author visits prove very popular each year and this year's festival saw the return of Aislinn O’Loughlin who specialises in interaction with her young listeners.

Darren ShanLimerick author Darren Shan visited Ennis, Killaloe, Shannon, Ennistymon and Corofin libraries.

Author, Cora Harrison from Kilfenora, Co. Clare visited Tulla Library.

Storyteller Pat Speight from Cork told stories to children in five of our library branches.

Tony Baloney mixed the heroic and the hilarious in a show, entitled The Celtic Dawn of Zebediah Snotnose which appealed to children of all ages. His show was interactive and highly entertaining. As Tony describes it himself, it was "Storytelling with a difference."

Animal Crackers, an hour-long combination of magic and puppets, particularly suited to young children was brought to us by Kathy Mullen, alias Gypsy Kate.

The Spring Onion Puppet Theatre performed Androcles and the Lion in Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Kilkee and Kilmihil libraries. This show brought together a combination of beautifully crafted characters, exciting music, sharp dialogue and inventive set design and has been hailed by the National Gallery of Ireland as "An hour of pure magic." 

The cast also held two workshops for children in the deValera Library, Ennis in October.

Irish History Live was one of the main attractions of this year’s festival. They provided an interactive show which brought history to life for adults and children. They are regular visitors to schools and festivals bringing with them a selection of hand made weapons and artefacts.

Actor, playwright, and director, Eleanor Feeley conducted dramatised readings/workshops and storytime for young children 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.

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

Children’s Book Festival wouldn’t be the same without a visit from local storyteller Eddie Lenihan and Eddie shared his gruesome tales with children when he visited Tulla Library on the 30th October.

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