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Children's Book Festival 2006

Almost 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.

There 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.









Mary 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.

Puppet shows were presented by Pignut Productions and Arran Towers who brought the Magic of India to schoolchildren in Killaloe, Sixmilebridge, Ennis and Ennistymon.

This year’s storytelling sessions were provided by a regular and much loved visitor to Clare libraries, Billy Teare.

Paul 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.

Rap 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.

Michael 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.

The 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.

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