Almost 900 children and their parents were invited to the Heritage Hotel on the 24th September by Laois County Library Service to celebrate the children’s reading.
For the fifth year, the library service ran the Summer Reading Challenge during the school holidays. These children had completed the challenge to read six books during the summer and so were invited to receive a medal from well known author Patricia Forde. This year saw 1,600 children enter the challenge and 950 completed it.
The theme of the 2016 reading challenge was “Summer Stars” and Patricia Forde reiterated it naming the boys and girls ‘superheroes’ in her eyes for their achievement in becoming readers.
The libraries also hosted a number of tie-in events including storytelling, Fairy Tale Treasure Hunts, book themed crafts, games, quizes and even photobooth to add to the fun and the Roald Dahl centenary was a great excuse to talk about the kinds of stories that make us want to read.
The Cathaoirleach explained “We are all aware of the important role reading plays in both the education and the future of our children, however it is also a wonderful past-time that feeds their imagination and allows them to find new horizons and grow in lots of ways. It is a source of great pleasure that they will have their whole lives. Year after year people tell us that the challenge has had a real impact on their children’s reading progress and so Laois County Council are delighted to be able to continue the initiative.”
Also both the challenge and library membership for children are completely free so it should be available to everyone.
See pics pg 45-52