March 6th, 2008
Photographs of World Book Day Events
Clare County Library ran a bumper programme of events to celebrate
the 11th World Book Day in Ireland and the UK on Thursday, 6th March
2008. Over the last ten years World Book Day has become firmly established
as the biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and
reading. A host of events including author readings, storytimes
and library tours took place in libraries around the county.
Storytime sessions for young children
took place in several libraries while older schoolchildren came
together for special Seachtáin na Gaeilge poetry workshops
provided by Dingle-based poet, Bríd Ní Mhoráin
in deValera Library, Ennis and in Sean Lemass Library, Shannon on
the same day.
Local writer, Jane Flynn visited
Miltown Malbay Library on World Book Day. 55 pupils from Annagh,
Rineen and Miltown N.S. came to hear her speak about how she came
to have her short stories published by Phoenix Press. She delighted
and inspired her young listeners with anecdotes such as the time
she sent her first short stories to Image Magazine earning herself
first prize of £500.00. The children
were also treated to one of her stories, which was based in Miltown,
and actively participated in its reading by guessing where in the
local area the featured places are to be found.
Nigel Benson also visited Miltown
Malbay Library to join in the World Book Day celebrations. He kindly
donated some psychology books which he has published, to be added
to library stock. He shared his book about his home town in England
with the children of Annagh National School and they joined with
him to sing a song he recently composed for the Leon Festival in
Kilkee and Kilrush Libraries treated
their young patrons to art and craft workshops. A spinning workshop
took place in both libraries and local artist April Jarocka held
an art workshop in Kilrush. Sue Anker brought a hands-on experience
of making wool to the schoolchildren who came to her workshops in
both libraries. During the sessions she spoke about the history
of making wool and showed them sheep and lama fleeces which they
then spun into wool. She spoke about natural dyes from trees and
plants which she herself uses to dye wool. Every child had a chance
to use the spinning wheel, making the workshop all the more enjoyable.
Young children joined in storytimes
organized by library staff and, to add to the entertainment, children
from St. Senan’s National School staged their Féile
na hÍnse, award-winning concert, to a packed house, at lunch
time in Kilrush Library.
Mr Hugh Weir, author, historian,
environmentalist, publisher and journalist visited Tulla Library
for World Book Day. Thirty eight pupils and their teacher from 6th
class at St Mochulla's Primary School and some regular library visitors
were present to hear Hugh speak about some of the old landlord houses
in the Tulla Region. He also discussed a book he wrote on Brian
Boru with the schoolchildren and provided an excellent forum for
discussion on the history of Tulla in general.
Tina Andreuchetti read stories
to the children from Labasheeda and Kildysart National Schools in
Kildysart Library. Starting with a sing-song she created just the
right atmosphere for her young audience to sit and listen to stories
from different countries giving them plenty opportunity to join
Ennistymon Library exhibited all
entries received for the library’s World Book Day Art Display.
Scenes from favourite books illustrated by children and adults formed
a colourful exhibition which went on display in the branch.
Killaloe Library welcomed a group
of 26 children aged 4-6 years for a storytime with Amanda O'Connor
on the morning of World Book Day. Using a Story Sack which she created
herself, the session became the launchpad for a Family Learning
Project spanning eight weeks during which adults in the area will
make their own story sacks. Other junior classes from nearby schools
also held storytime sessions in the library.
Newmarket on Fergus, Sixmilebridge
and deValera Library, Ennis provided storytime sessions for children
in all three areas.
A ‘Big Book Quiz’
was enjoyed by 60 children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes of Scariff
National School in Scariff Library. After five mind-bending rounds
and a nail biting tie-breaker, the team of Ellen O Brien, Cathy
Madden, John Scanlan and Patrick Walsh emerged victorious and received
their well deserved prizes of book tokens sponsored by Clare County
Other children’s programmes
to mark in your calendars for 2008 include, the deValera Library
Children’s Summer Project in July, the Children’s Summer
Reading Scheme which takes place in all branches of Clare County
Library during school Summer holidays and Children’s Book
Festival in October.