March the 3rd is World Book Day and Clare’s libraries will offer art and illustration workshops in many locations all over the county. Alan Shoosmith’s art classes for primary school children have become a regular feature in the library’s programme of activities to promote reading and literacy among young people. Focusing this year on the books of Roald Dahl and their trademark illustrations by Quentin Blake, Alan will inspire young artists to create their personal interpretations of characters such as Matilda, James, Danny, George and his Granny, the Twits and many more. Roald Dahl was born on the 13th of September 1916 and to further highlight the joy his books continue to bring to us a century later, Wayne O’Connor will visit Scariff and Killaloe libraries with his unique show comprising drawing, lots of drama, fun and madness as he recreates the very best loved Dahl stories in a suitably revolting manner for eager audiences.
Etain McCooey has recently made her debut as a children’s author with a delightful story called Deefer’s Day Out. Illustrated by Alison O’Brien, the self-published book tells the story of Deefer the adventurous border collie puppy and her travels through a snowy countryside. It introduces us to the many woodland friends she meets along the way before she decides contentedly, “there’s only so much excitement a pup can take in one day”, as she snuggles down to sleep.
Children who have already read Deefer’s Day Out say:
“I couldn’t stop laughing when Deefer lost her paws in the snow. Seamus the Shrew was my favourite” Gabriel, aged 9
“When is the next one coming out” Sinead, aged 8
“I love Deefer. I have a dog too but she’s not as funny as Deefer” Sonny, aged 9
Etain’s library visits will include stories, music and drawing and are sure to be enjoyed by first and second class children in Ennis, Shannon, Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay libraries.
Ceiliúrfar Seachtain na Gaeilge trí sheisiúin scéalaíochta trí Ghaeilge do na ranganna sóisir agus ceardlanna líníochta do pháistí scoile níos sine atá á thabhairt ag Aidan Courtney. Eagrófar na seisiúin scéalaíochta i mbeagnach gach brainse den leabharlann faoi cheannas Séamus Ryan ó Leabharlann de Valera agus déanfaidh Maire Falsey ó Chuar an Chláir na seisiúin scéalaíochta sna leabharlanna in Iarthair an Chláir.
Beidh na ceardlanna atá á eagrú ag Aidan Courtney ag luí isteach le ceiliúradh 1916 do pháistí agus déagóirí nuair a thabharfaidh sé cuairt ar na leabharlanna seo leanas: Inis, Sionainn, Inis Díomáin, Sráid na Cathrach, Cora Chaitlín agus Droichead Abhann Uí gCearnaigh. Léirítear teicnící líníochta agus cruthú greannáin agus beidh téama Éirí Amach 1916 san áireamh sa cheardlann nócha nóiméad. Is é aidhm na ceardlanna ná a fháil amach ó pháistí an méid eolais atá acu faoi Éirí Amach 1916 ag féachaint an féidir leo é sin a léiriú i ngreannán.
Déanfaidh daoine léaráidí de bhaill Éirí Amach 1916 agus pléifidh siad cad a thit amach sa tír le linn an ama sin. Foghlaimeoidh siad conas leabhar simplí a dhearadh le léiriú pictiúrtha d’imeacht ar leith bunaithe ar cad atá ar eolas acu. Beidh ceardlanna Aidan réchúiseach agus taitneamhach do ranganna 5 agus 6 nó déagóirí meánscoile.
Cuirfear béim ar scéal 1916 agus na teicnící úsáidtear i gcruthú greannáin go léir faoi stiúir bunaitheoir Coimicí Gael agus a fhoilseachán aitheanta RíRá
Meanwhile response to the Library’s 1916 creative writing competition has been extremely positive with over three hundred first and second year students having signed up through their class teachers to enter. The competition is based on Sheena Wilkinson’s latest novel for young people, Name Upon Name. As readers of the book will discover, letters are central to the story’s plot so in keeping with this format, students are required to write a letter, or alternatively a diary entry, from the point of view of one of the characters in Sheena’s book. Clare County Library wishes all entrants the very best of luck and is looking forward to a special prize-giving event for the winner and 4 runners up at deValera Library, Ennis on the evening of Thursday the 14th of April. Sheena Wilkinson will be the library’s special guest on the evening when she will meet with the lucky winners. The closing date for receipt of entries is March 18th 2016.