This year marks the 20th Anniversary of World Book Day, a day which is becoming increasingly important in the life of libraries, bookshops and indeed of readers. One enthusiastic library member told staff in Athlone Library that she considered World Book Day to be like a second birthday!
The Libraries around Westmeath were buzzing with enthusiastic members on World Book Day – all our libraries had special draws going on for book-tokens for both adults and children. To mark W.B.D. in Moate Library First and Second Class pupils from Scoil Eoin Naofa in Ballymore were invited to attend a special book clinic with our resident consultant “Dr Lorna B.D.”. In the course of their consultations Lorna asks the children about their tastes in reading and then gives them a “prescription” recommending other writers they might like. In this way the children were introduced to authors they might not have read before and chose books to take home with them.
In Mullingar Library they had a visit from Laura’s Senior ASD Class from Mullingar Educate Together. As you can see from the photograph they had dressed up especially for World Book Day and as well as enjoying their visit to the library all of them entered our World Book Day Draw!
In Athlone Library they had as their guest of honour, Mia Samovich, a sixteen year old Transition Year student from Our Lady’s Bower. Mia who moved here from Latvia about five years ago has been writing stories for children and young adults for several years. Mia who has a bubbly personality and a great way with young children told some of her own stories to over fifty First Class pupils of Coosan N.S. This was a real treat for the students who warmed instantly to Mia. Her stories resonated with the children and at the end of each session several children approached Mia to hug her and tell her how much they enjoyed her stories.
Despite the increasing amount of time being spent on social media by young people, events in our libraries prove that there is still a hunger for the written word and what better way to celebrate World Book Day than by visiting your local library.
The draws for Book Tokens will be held shortly and winners will be notified.
To find out what is on in your local library, visit https://www.facebook.com/WestmeathLibrary/
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 06/03/2017