Tipperary Libraries have recorded the biggest ever participation in their Childrenâ€™s Summer Reading Programme.
Over 2350 children across Tipperary read over 32,500 books this summer!
This simple but effective programme encourages kids to continue reading during the summer months. For every book they read, a leaf goes on the Reading Tree in their local library or Summer Book Bus. At the end they are presented with their certificate and a medal. One Thurles parent commented that, â€œitâ€™s great to help keep my children reading over the summer.â€
Parents are very keen for their kids to be involved and the kids love itâ€ says Emer Oâ€™Brien, Senior Executive Librarian with Tipperary Libraries. Emer goes on to say - â€œPerhaps the bad weather, tough financial times in many homes added to the uptake on the programme this summer but also, parents have a great interest in their childâ€™s reading, especially at the stage when they are emergent readers and donâ€™t want all the good work from senior infants and 1st class to fall away during the summer.â€
It is clear that our children are sending a clear message, â€œWe need our libraries; we need our books. We read and we want the latest books to read.â€
A lot of work goes into promoting the programme before the summer holidays and the schools are very good to spread the word. Likewise, the success of the programme would not have been possible but for the kind sponsorship of the medals by STAKELUMS in Thurles and for NTLP supporting the purchase of stock for the Summer Reading Bus in Newport.
The provision of the Summer Reading Programme in Newport, Clogheen and Mullinahone also would not have been possible but for the help of local volunteers, including Cllr Marie Murphy, South Tipperary County Council, the help of the local school principals and staff of our nearby libraries, headquarter staff and Mobile Book Bus driver, Liam Duggan.
As ever, the staff of Tipperary Libraries like to keep things fresh. Thurles Libraries ran with a Treasure Island theme this year and also had a separate challenge for 10-12 year olds, where they had to fill out a passport, with details of books they had read about other countries, by authors from other countries etc.
Clonmel Library introduced a new shared reading â€˜leafâ€™ for parents/adult who read with their child and Munster Rugby player, Tommy Oâ€™Donnell presented the kids their medals in Cahir Library
â€œJoining a child at their local library and reading to them from a young age is one of the great gifts that parents can give their children and itâ€™s free, which is surely something to cheer about in Ireland today.â€ Margaret Ryan, Nenagh Library