Friday, 20 August 2010
Make Friends With Reading during Clare County Library’s Children’s Book Festival
Marking its twentieth consecutive year, this October’s Children’s Book Festival is encouraging young people across Ireland to make friends with reading, with hundreds of exciting book-themed events and activities taking place nationwide. The fun kicks off on Friday 1st October in County Clare when world famous author Darren Shan visits Glór Theatre in Ennis to meet with hundreds of fans from Clare’s schools. An amazing line-up of authors will tour the county’s branche libraries during October, including Bisto Book of the Year winner Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Bob Burke whose Third Pig Detective Agency was also shortlisted and Celine Kiernan who will bring her books in The Moorehawke Trilogy to life for teenage book lovers. For the entire month of October a non-stop programme of readings, puppet theatre, art and craft workshops and several other surprise events will take place in all branches of Clare County Library. Tom Donegan, Ireland’s CBI Programme Officer says, "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." CBF brochures with full events listings will be available through all branches of Clare County Library by mid September.