de Burca told stories in a combination of Irish and English.
The children were constantly involved in his performance
with actions and responses. The stories were dramatically
presented and often quite funny, so the kids’ attention
never wavered. The session was thoroughly enjoyed by children
and teachers alike. Both events were highly recommended
by their audiences.
puppet theatre was provided by Clare’s own Dandelion
Puppets. One librarian had the following to say about their
latest production Fishy Tales from Noah’s Ark, “it
was an excellent show with lots of 'he's behind you' and
'look over there!, the children were well entertained.”
based artists, Caitriona Sheedy, Shona McGillivray and
Judy O’Sullivan gave children the chance to participate
in three very different art and craft workshops. Participants
had to be limited for each workshop but those who booked
early were rewarded with personal Halloween mobiles, copper
bookmarks and their own storybooks to take home at the
end of the sessions.
Schuurmans hosted drama workshops in Kilmihil and deValera
Library, Ennis. Evaluation from both libraries was very
positive. The workshop emphasized interaction and participation
and was enjoyed by everyone involved. Thanks to Jans for
adapting most successfully to her audiences in both branches.
County Library would also like to thank Alan Shoosmith
and Peggy Coyne for their individual workshops in Sean
Lemass Library, Shannon.
are a firm favourite with our young festival goers every
year and shows by The Great Padini and Magik Mik were much
appreciated and enjoyed. Both magicians had large audiences
with no shortage of aspiring young magic makers who were
willing to help out.
County Library would like to take this opportunity to thank
all sponsors of this year’s festival. Once again
we would like to thank schools and teachers who arranged
for classes to attend events in library branches during
school time. A collective total of almost 3,000 children
attended all events in fifteen branch libraries in the
Competition: Design a Bookmark
For the third successive year Children’s Books Ireland in association
with Clare County Library ran a Design a Bookmark Competition.
volume of entries increases annually with a record number
of entries received this year. A total of 1,622 entries
were received from children all over Clare at Library Headquarters
before the closing date in September.
were judged by Clare County Arts Officer, Siobhan Mulcahy,
Carrie Stafford, Executive Librarian, Patricia Fitzgerald,
Assistant Librarian and Nathalie Leahy, also from Clare
County Arts Office.
year’s County winners were Orlagh Flanagan from Miltown
Malbay National School in the Aged 10 and under category
and Eavan Kane, Holy Family National School, Ennis in the
Aged 11 and over category. Both received a €50 book
token and an award certificate, compliments of Clare County
Library and The Youth Library Group of The Library Association
of Ireland. The winning bookmarks will be made available
in all branches of Clare County Library.
award certificates were presented to both girls in their
schools by the Mayor of Clare, Cllr. Pat Keane.