Nenagh Library hosted this year’s launch of the Children’s Book Festival for Tipperary County Council Library Service. The pupils of Bishop Harty NS in Ballinree were the lucky audience for Arran Towers and his storytelling performance. Arran as “Old Father Time” was a mad clown full of adventurous stories about princesses, pirates and ghosts. With a few costume changes and lots of fun he fully engaged a rapt and enthusiastic audience.
Launching the festival, the Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Ger Darcy said “the Library Service has a smashing line up of authors and illustrators this month and we want you to be part of it.” He gave the children attending a little job to do when they got home. “I want you to make sure when you go home today that everyone in your family knows how easy it is to join the library, that it is free to join, and when you join you can use every public library in the country!”
This was the perfect start to the month-long programme of author visits and events to encourage and promote reading for primary school children. Contributors including Tatyana Feeney, Alan Dunne, Wayne O’Connor, Roisin Meaney, Leona Forde, Fighting Words and more will visit our libraries and classes from local schools will be invited to join in the fun.
Thanks to Tipperary County Council, Creative Ireland, Tipperary Arts Office and Poetry Ireland for funding the programme.