Clare County Library has joined up with Clare County Childcare Committee and Clare Family Learning Project (Clare VEC) to host events in selected branch libraries to launch a new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) designed to help parents support their children’s education. Help My Kid Learn is a website where people can see that supporting a child’s literacy and numeracy development is a natural, easy and fun activity that can be integrated into any part of their day.
Parents of children aged 0-12 years are invited to a relaxed evening at the De Valera Public Library, Ennis, on Tuesday, 11th June where Executive Librarian Patricia Fitzgerald will give a talk on topics such as the importance of joining your local library and how to do this, extra library activities available to children throughout the year, the different categories of library books for children and how to find them and the availability of DVDs and Internet access for children. Mary Flanagan from the Clare Family Learning Project will talk about the importance of playing games to help with many areas of learning and how to have fun with numbers. There will also be a brief showcase of NALA’s Help My Kid Learn website. A number of coordinated events will take place in other libraries countywide. Tutors from Clare Family Learning Project will visit Scariff and Shannon on Tuesday June 11th while Ennistymon, Kilrush and Killaloe will have their events on Wednesday 12th June. There will be information packs available to take away from each library on the night. All events will be held from 6.45pm sharp to 8pm. For more information phone 065-6821616 or visit www.clarelibrary.ie.
In conjunction with the launch of the website a new six-part series called The Family Project has begun on RTE ONE. Airing every Monday night, from Monday 20 May, at 7.30pm, the series follows families from around Ireland working together to overcome educational issues that affect their lives. Once again this year, NALA has a free distance education service to run alongside the new TV series. The Freephone support line is 1800 20 20 65. http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie