TO mark World Book Day on March 7, the newly established Europe Direct Information Centre in Mountmellick Branch Library organised an event that celebrated the world of children’s books with a special European theme.
Eurochild International Youth and Child Arts (founded 1995) is one of the most important projects operated by Tigh Filí Cultural Centre (Cork City, Ireland). Laura Brett from the Eurochild presented a set of workshops to the pupils of St Paul’s NS in Mountmellick Library and to the pupils of Clonenagh NS in Mountrath Library.
The project is an annual international arts competition for child and youth artists and poets which receives entries from thousands of young people and children from all over Europe, the best of which are selected for publication in the multilingual mother-tongue Eurochild Anthology of Artwork and Poetry.
Eurochild encourages young people to create their own symbolisms: to read, write, speak and act according to their own perceptions and experiences, not based on the preconceived expectations and representations of others. Organisers say that art can encourage the formation of a more empathetic society by revealing the common struggle for form, beauty and meaning across boundaries of age, religion, background or ignorance. If schools would like to find out more, details are available on www.eurochild.net.