Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Every dog has its day ……. at the library!
Clare County Library’s multi-cultural storytelling project takes place monthly in deValera Public Library, Ennis. In co-operation with the staff and parents of Scoil Chriost Ri, Cloughleigh, 1st class children benefit from shared story participation and an introduction to the languages and cultures of their classmates. To date Shola Kogbodoku, a parent of children in the school has introduced the children to the Nigerian language Yoruba translating words from stories chosen and read for their invited audience by library staff.
On Thursday the 27th January it was the turn of another parent Svetlana Circovic who over the course of two storytelling sessions has introduced the children to her language, Croatian. Bringing to the attention of the children the difference between story books and information books, library staff chose to read a picture book, Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates followed by a book on caring for your puppy offering simple advice and tips on how to care for your dog from birth to old age. A class of very attentive children were rewarded at the end of the visit by meeting Eliot, the much-loved dog owned by library staff member, Bernadette Roche. Ber told the children a little of Eliot’s sad start in life and his rescue by Dublin based animal rescue charity Dogs in Distress, from whom Ber adopted Eliot a year ago. The children were delighted to hear that Eliot is now a happy and healthy little dog.