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Thursday March the 2nd was designated 2006 World Book Day. This is the biggest annual event supporting books and reading in the UK and Ireland and the emphasis for 2006 was celebration. Schools, libraries, bookshops and other venues throughout the country held a host of book-related events and activities to celebrate books and reading.
Clare County Library planned an extensive programme of events to mark the day. The Get Caught Reading Photography competition, organized in association with schools in Clare resulted in an attractive display of all entries which went on display in deValera Library. Several National Schools in the County submitted entries for the competition which was judged by local press photographers, John Kelly and Yvonne Vaughan. The winning school was St. Colman’s National School, Burrin, New Quay and the winning photographer was Roisin Tyrell. Roisin won an individual book token prize and a winner’s prize of a digital camera for her school. Book tokens went to second prize winner Tracey McDonagh of Scoil, Chriost Ri, Ennis and third prize to Max Downes of Killaloe Boys National School.
A series of new book promotions was also launched in library branches to celebrate World Book Day.
Reel Fiction, a promotion for adults featuring books that have been made into movies was launched in Miltown Malbay Library.
Newmarket on Fergus and Scariff Libraries began the circulation two other new book promotions for children entitled Hotter than Potter. If your child has been captivated by the record-breaking writing of J.K. Rowling and is not sure what to choose before the next Harry Potter book is published, these two libraries will provide a range of fantasy titles to help bridge the gap. Your child might even be pleasantly surprised to discover one of these books may in fact be “Hotter than Potter.”
A book promotion for Adults and Children called Dads 'n' Lads was launched in Shannon Library on World Book Day. Approximately 20 adult and 20 children’s books are included in the promotion which comes with full colour booklets providing background information to the project and reviews of all books featured. Clare County Library would like to thank Ger Loughnane, Principal of St. Aidan’s National School for launching the promotion.
Clare County Library hopes to encourage fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers and uncles to become reading role models for older boys and teenagers by demonstrating that reading is important to them. The collection will introduce already avid male readers to new authors and will hopefully rekindle a renewed interest in those who have got out of ‘the reading habit’ while the ‘Lads’ section of the list will help them select books that will appeal to their sons and grandsons.
Pupils and teachers from National and Secondary schools in Shannon were invited to attend the book promotion launch in the library where they were also treated to a storytelling session by one of Ireland’s best known storytellers, Pat Speight.
Pat also visited deValera Library to entertain the pupils of Ennis Schools with his repertoire of tales about kings and warriors, saints and sinners and the many mystical and mythical characters that inspire and captivate the imagination.
Clare’s own Eddie Lenihan visited Killaloe on Wednesday the 1st of March and Kilrush on Friday the 3rd to entertain children in both libraries with tales of old Ireland which were definitely not suitable for the faint-hearted!