Tipperary book bus proving popular with young readers across the county

Tipperary book bus proving popular with young readers across the county

Clonmel children make use of the mobile library.

Tipperary Co Council Library Service Children’s Summer Book Bus is on the road again this summer.

The shiny new, state of the art Schools Mobile Library is out and about the county over the summer holidays, stopping off  at Carrick on Suir, Clonmel,  Clogheen, Mullinahone, and  Newport. 

This service which began in The Ballylynch Estate of Carrick on Suir on Monday,  3rd July has already had unprecedented numbers of children attending, with over 250 children using the service countywide with an excess of 600 books issued.

The service schedule is as follows; Carrick on Suir, Ballylynch Community House, 27 Comeragh View  every Monday 10.30am  to 12.30pm until 31st July 2017;  Clonmel, Elm Park Community House every Monday from 2pm to 4pm until 31st July 2017;  Clogheen every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm until August 1st 2017; Mullinahone every Tuesday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm until August 1st  2017;  and Newport every Wednesday from 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm until 2nd August 2017.

Children from Mullinahone using the book bus.

The Book Bus visits 150 primary schools in County Tipperary 3 times per year. A dedicated Schools Librarian works closely with primary school teachers and parents to provide guidance and advice about children’s literature, reading and literacy support. 

It  provides a range of titles suitable to all levels of literacy. This integrated approach between the Library service, schools, parents and the community  ensures that  there are strong links and this  is very important in the development of child literacy, and in particular, in the provision of supports for children with literacy concerns.

 In 2016, there were 17,000 visits to the Book Bus by Primary School Children and  over 45,000 books were borrowed. Tipperary County Council received 100% grant aid funding from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in the sum of   €100,000 to cover the cost of this service.

Visiting the book bus in Clogheen.

We encourage parents and children to call at the book bus and check out the stock of books. Membership is FREE for children. Books on the bus are suitable for children aged between 0 and 14 years of age. Children can select from a range of fiction, non-fiction and picture books. The book stock on the van is continuously updated and rotated to provide access to new books and a variety of topics. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.