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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.
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.
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.
Eithne Massey visited Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Scariff
and Killaloe libraries.
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.
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, www.clarelibrary.ie