October is national Children’s Book Festival month, the biggest celebration of books and reading for children in Ireland, and in Tipperary what a busy month we’ve had!
Tipperary County Library Service organised a programme of events that ran in 10 of our library branches, from Borrisokane to Carrick-on-Suir, and everywhere in between. With a programme of four authors, one storyteller and even one dance workshop, in total, there were 32 events, with an attendance of 1,685 children and teenagers!
2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, 1916, and saw a national focus on events to remember, reflect and re-imagine Irish history and culture. The Library Service decided to focus on two children’s authors who have written about the 1916 rebellion - Brian Gallagher and Patricia Murphy. Both authors approached the history of this tumultuous period from a child’s point of view, telling the fictional tales of children caught up in the Rising.
Brian Gallagher is pictured with a group of pupils in Cashel Library.
On Brian Gallagher, the author of ‘Friend or Foe’, one teacher commented that “Brian was absolutely wonderful and interacted in such a child-friendly, age-appropriate manner. The pupils have benefitted greatly from their experience.”
In addition, the Library Service developed further links with the Arts Office and our shared promotion of the arts, by working together on Tipperary Dance Platform 2016. This was the first time that a dance workshop was held in the libraries, and it resulted in a perfect fit.
The Children’s Book Festival encourages children to enjoy the experience and magic of reading. Each year the library service organises events to which schools are then invited. Thanks to the schools, teachers and pupils who support the festival. The Children’s Book Festival is made possible due to funding from Tipperary County Council Arts Office, Foras na Gaeilge and Children’s Books Ireland.