Limerick City and County Council is inviting children to become a Summer Star by taking part in the public libraries’ Summer Stars reading programme during the school holidays.
Dooradoyle Library hosted a special event to mark the official launch of the popular reading challenge across Limerick city and county.
The launch celebrated reading for all ages as guest of honour, best-selling author Róisín Meaney, spoke passionately about the joy of getting lost in a good book to a rapt audience of fourth and fifth class students from the nearby St. Paul’s National School.
The children also enjoyed a selection of readings of childhood favourites from a panel of invited guests including Sinéad McDonnell, Environment Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council, teachers Tomás O’Brien and Ciara Flannery, and of course Róisín herself.
The Summer Stars Reading programme will run throughout the summer in public libraries across Limerick and around the country. All participants will receive a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress as they go. There will be rewards and incentives along the way and a certificate and medal of achievement at the end for all who complete the programme.
Everyone is invited to check out the Summer Stars website which has lots of online games and activities. There are also helpful tips for reading and lists of recommended titles for children to discover. The books can then be borrowed from your local library.
And don’t forget that it’s all free!
You can also follow Summers Stars on Twitter @StarsReading and on Facebook at Summer Stars at your Library.