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Clare County Library - Children’s Book Festival 2002

The annual Children's Book Festival took place in libraries throughout Clare from the 21st of October until the 2nd of November 2002. An exciting and varied programme of events was arranged for children in the county with some events scheduled specifically for schools and others to provide entertainment for children during the mid-term break. As always the festival was organised with an emphasis on FUN for children while simultaneously introducing them to the world of books and reading through author visits, art and drama workshops, puppet shows, magic and much more.

Mary Arrigan, Author, at de Valera Library, Ennis
Mary Arrigan, Author,
at de Valera Library, Ennis.

This year's programme included visits from authors Kate Thompson, Mary Arrigan, Lucinda Jacob and author, illustrator and wildlife expert, Don Conroy.

Art sessions were held in some libraries by well known Clare based artists, Dermot Twohigk, Brenda Byrne and Maeve O'Reilly.

Performances of The Witching Hour by The Dandelion Puppet Theatre and Reco's Hocus Pocus Magic Show enchanted young library visitors this Halloween.

Older children were invited to embark on an imaginary musical journey into the magical world of Harry Potter and his life at Hogwarts, school of wizardry. The workshop aimed to increase participant's passion for reading by actively engaging them in a literary world that is particularly accessible to children.

Irish History Live brought history to life. The show featuring a display of weapons, armour, and artefacts from the Norman and Viking periods with stories from long ago captivated and amazed young historians.

Don Conroy, Author, at de Valera Library, Ennis
Don Conroy, Author,
at de Valera Library, Ennis.

The Spring Onion Puppet Theatre held four workshops during the festival providing children with the opportunity to make their own puppets. Having performed Androcles and the Lion in some library branches last year the cast returned to provide children with the opportunity to create their very own puppets this year.


A new feature of this year's festival was the Children's Library Vote Competition. Clare County Library in association with Children's Books Ireland invited children to use their local library as a polling station to vote for their favourite book of all time with a view to winning a very special prize. The winner will be announced on the Children's Books Ireland website www.childrensbooksireland.com in November.

It is with grateful appreciation that Clare County Library acknowledges sponsorship received to date for the festival. A full list of sponsors was displayed in all library branches and is available on this website.

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