four thousand children attended events in Clare
County Library branches during the month of
October for Children’s Book Festival.
A total of 73 events were hosted collectively
by fifteen branch libraries.
was no shortage of variety, with sessions
ranging from songwriting workshops for small
groups to events aimed at large audiences
of 250 children plus, such as author Darren
Shan’s visit to Ennis and Shannon.
Murphy, Ré Ó Laighléis and Aubrey
Flegg were the other visiting authors for CBF 2006,
whose readings and workshops were much enjoyed by children
and teachers from all over Clare.
shows were presented by Pignut Productions and Arran
Towers who brought the Magic of India to schoolchildren
in Killaloe, Sixmilebridge, Ennis and Ennistymon.
year’s storytelling sessions were provided by
a regular and much loved visitor to Clare libraries,
Beattie’s magic shows were much appreciated by
all audiences and have sparked off a keen interest in
magic among the many young helpers who participated
in his shows.
Workshops taught children how to write their own raps.
Participants were invited to discuss a variety of personal,
social and cultural issues and to decide what positive
message they wanted to convey in their rap. The workshop
also aimed to encourage musical appreciation through
active listening to songs.
Moylan’s shows were highly commended by children,
teachers and librarians. The workshops were excellent,
holding the audience’s attention right through,
with lots of participation and chat in a unique presentation
of history and science.
Animal Roadshow by Marie Lennon from Cork was brought
back by popular request to Clare libraries for the second
year in a row. The success of Marie’s show is
attributed to her ability to work so naturally with
the animals she brings with her and her presentation
of them to children in a unique atmosphere where they
can view and touch owls, snakes, lizards etc. individually.
Clare County Library would like to thank the the sponsors
of Children’s Book Festival 2006.