The craft of book binding was introduced to children at a workshop in Carrick-on-Suir Library last Thursday.
The workshop attended by 15 sixth class children from Carrick-on-Suir Gaelscoil was hosted by the Library in conjunction with the National Print Museum.
The National Print Museum collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.
It runs a very successful outreach programme teaching children these unique skills.
The Museum aims to increase awareness of the fascinating history and skills of the printing craft.
“It was a pleasure to witness the children industriously engaging in these traditional crafts” explains Librarian Maura Barrett, “It is important that these skills are preserved.”
All of the children went away with a handmade, bound book as a personal journal or scrap book, enlightened with a new skill. “Educating children in handmade crafts is a skill that children can carry through their life and we are so grateful to the Library for offering this event, free of charge,” said their teacher.
The book binding workshop was one of the events organised for the Tipperary Reads Festival.
Other events for children at Carrick-on-Suir Library include weekly story time for children under the age of five every Wednesday between 4pm and 4.30pm and a scrabble session on Mondays’ between 11am and 1pm.
Carrick-on-Suir Library is located on the Fair Green behind the Garda Station.
It is currently open five days a week, Monday through to Friday between 10am and 5pm except on Wednesday when the Library opens from 1pm-5pm and 6pm to 8.30pm. New members are always welcome.