Carrick-on-Suir Library shows kids reading is magic

Librarians Jane Bulfin and Maura Barrett with some children from the CBS Green School and Presentation Primary School at the launch of the Summer Reading Programme and Colouring Contest. An art work of popular childrens book characters, created by Jane, was unveiled at the launch event.
Carrick-on-Suir Library kicked off its Summer Reading Programme and Colouring Competition with a morning of entertainment for 60 local primary school children.

Carrick-on-Suir Library kicked off its Summer Reading Programme and Colouring Competition with a morning of entertainment for 60 local primary school children.

Second class students from Carrick-on-Suir’s Presentation and CBS Primary School’s attended the event on Wednesday, June 25 that included the unveiling of a new art work at the library and a magic and puppet show.

The Library’s Summer Reading Programme takes place every year and last year nearly 2000 children and teenagers right up to Leaving Cert level participated.

Children taking part in the programme are set the task of reading six books during their summer holidays at the end of which they will be presented with a medal and certificate at a celebration in Carrick Library in September.

Librarian Maura Barrett said children can read any library book of their choice for the Reading Programme or can listen to a book in audio format.

“We don’t usually recommend books for children to read for the Programme. We try to encourage them to read all genres,” she said.

Maura said the colouring competition is being run in conjunction with the Reading Programme.

The contest is divided into three categories: Junior, 2nd to 4th class and 5th to 6th class. Closing date for entries is Friday, September 5 and just one entry per child will be accepted.

Maura hopes the young artists will be inspired by the lovely new painting unveiled at the Library last Wednesday. The cartoon style picture featuring characters from a range of children’s books was created by Thurles based Librarian Jane Bulfin.

Entry forms for the Summer Reading Programme and Colouring Competition were distributed to all local schools and are available from Carrick-on-Suir Library.