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Children's Book Festival 2010 at Clare County Library

Children's Book Festival 2010











Details of Festival Events
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List of Sponsors
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October’s Children’s Book Festival 2010 marked the twentieth consecutive year of the annual celebration of children’s books and reading in libraries all over Ireland. In what has become the biggest festival of its kind in the country, a packed programme of diverse, book-themed events and activities was planned to encourage young people to Make Friends With Reading,

On Oct 1st Glór Theatre Ennis was the venue chosen by Clare County Library to accommodate an audience of 500 children who came from schools all over the county to meet with best-selling author Darren Shan. This special reading by the world-famous author was just his second stop in a world-wide tour, to promote Birth of a Killer, Book One in The Saga of Larten Crepsley.
A mother of two of his most devoted fans who travelled from Tipperary on the day and thought the trip was well worth the visit congratulated the library on its organization and had the following to say about the event “The children were high as kites for the entire day, you have no idea. What an amazing author, even I was spellbound, I would nearly read his books myself!”

With this heartening endorsement of the festival’s main event, Clare County Library went on to introduce authors, new and old to children in branches all over the county during the month of October.
Bisto Book of the Year Award-winner Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick greatly impressed her audiences in Tulla, Ennis, Ennistymon and Lisdoonvarna, not alone with her readings and exploration of her novel Timecatcher but also with her expertise as an illustrator which she readily demonstrated to the many children who came along to meet with her.

Bhí an-spóirt ag na leanaí ó na Gaelscoileanna sa chontae leis na húdair Patricia Forde agus Ailbhe Nic Giolla Bhrighde, a bhfuil dhá leabhar "Cócó agus Cití" agus "Cití Cearc" foilsithe acu i mbliana le Futa Fata.

Bob Burke whose book The Third Pig Detective Agency was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award 2010 entertained the children in Shannon, Ennis, Sixmilebridge and Newmarket on Fergus Libraries with his fascinating take on the fate of third little pig after he became the only survivor of his family not to be eaten by the big bad wolf. Bob’s engaging manner and excellent rapport established from the start had the classes’ full attention from beginning to end.

Celine Kiernan visited Kildysart, Kilrush, Scariff and Killaloe libraries and discussed her titles in The Moorehawke Trilogy with pupils from second level schools.
According to Grainne Ryan of Killaloe Library “The visit was a great success, plenty of blood, guts and gore, just what the teenagers liked. Celine described her journey to becoming a writer and being published and delved into the fantasy world of her writings. The session was interactive, enjoyable and she held the teenagers’ attention to the end of the hour long meeting.”

Eithne Massey visited Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Scariff and Killaloe libraries.
She read chapters from her book "The Secret of Kells" for 5th and 6th classes and consistent with preparation for all visiting authors the teachers and pupils had been given copies of her book by the library in advance. Helen Flynn of Miltown Malbay library said, “ It was obvious that the children had read this book at school with their teachers. Eithne felt the children were very interested and certainly knew their history” Her fans were rewarded for their attention at the end of the session when she raffled off copies of her book at all four branches.

Other events featured in the CBF 2010 programme included puppet making workshops courtesy of Sarah Fuller of Dog and String Theatre, Imagination Gym workshops for young children, artist Krystyna Pomeroy’s Horrid Henry notebook workshops and songwriting with Nigel Benson aka Benny the Busker.

Catherine Daly of Heritage Ireland brought an excellent presentation to libraries in the West and North of the county on how current environmental conditions can impact on different animal species and the importance of protecting them.
The Super Furry Animals Roadshow introduced children to the wild mammal species found in Ireland, explored their characteristics and demonstrated how they have successfully adapted to a range of habitats.
The show included an amazing array of stuffed specimens of many species featured in the presentation which the children were invited to examine in detail. The importance of biodiversity and a healthy environment was central to the talk.
Aidan Courtney editor of the Irish language comic book RíRá published by Coimicí Gael shared his artistic talent in comic strip creation with teenagers in three very enjoyable and educational workshops in Shannon, Ennis and Scariff libraries.
Your Man’s Puppets was the fun event of the festival, performing eight excellent shows to delight young audiences from schools all over the county. The show was ideally suited to the audiences, hilariously funny, interactive and totally captivated the children, teachers, parents and librarians in all of the library branches it visited.

Children’s Book festival is co-ordinated nationally by Children’s Books Ireland.

Tom Donegan, CBI Programme Officer speaking at the 2010 festival launch had the following to say of supporters of the festival nationwide;

"We're delighted to be showcasing such a strong contingent of Irish authors and illustrators in this October’s programme, including both new names and familiar faces. In such a challenging year, it is also incredibly positive that we are able to maintain the festival as a truly national event. It really is testimony to the creativity, talent and enthusiasm to be found around Irish children's literature at the moment, from the artists and publishers who produce the books, to the teachers and librarians who do so much important work on the ground."

Clare County Library wishes to extend its thanks to local industries and businesses for their kind sponsorship of Children’s Book Festival. A list of sponsors is now showing on the library website,

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