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Children’s Book Festival – October

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2015 marks the twenty-fifth consecutive year of the annual Children’s Book Festival. The Children’s Book Festival runs for the month of October every year and sees libraries, schools and bookshops across the country hosting events with the very best Irish and international children’s writers and illustrators. County Carlow Library Service is delighted to announce that we will be hosting FREE activities and we would love you and your little readers to come and join us. “We are currently working with many Primary Schools in Carlow Town and County to deliver a vast programme of free events, which serve to encourage children from 5-12 years to read and to feel comfortable and welcome in their local Library” says Josephine Coyne, County Librarian. Schools events will include Author visits, children’s storytelling and library Treasure hunts across our four branches in Carlow, Tullow, Bagenalstown and Borris.

If you want to find out more about what is happening in your area contact your local Library branch:

Carlow 059-9129701

Tullow 059-9136299

Bagenalstown 059-9129703

Borris 059-9771605

View the brochure detailing all events countywide here:


Festival Exhibition

Children's Book Festival Exhibition - The Parlour

This year, as part of the celebrations, Carlow Library is delighted to host an exhibition by the wonderfully talented Shona Shirley Macdonald.   Shona Shirley Macdonald is an artist based in Co. Waterford, though she is originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland. She studied Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in stop-motion animation, and after graduating she began her career as a freelance artist. Her published illustration includes Rita Kelly’s poetry retrospective ‘Turas go Bun na Spéire’ and two Scottish Gaelic graphic novels for West Highland Animation, ‘Cuir Stad air an Stoirm-Shneachda’ and ‘An Smutag Ghaisgeil’. She is a member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland, and her illustration projects range from publications of poetry and fiction, to concept artwork for theatre and computer games.  She also finds the time to illustrate greeting cards and t-shirts for her design company Mireog, mostly in Irish but also other Celtic languages. Her first solo show was in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady in 2014, and she continues to create her own artwork and to exhibit her work nationally and internationally.

The exhibition launches on the  22nd    of October in the Shaw room and runs until  30th   October. Well worth a visit!!

Weekly Irish Circle

Are you interested in improving your Irish, having a chat and a bit of fun with others? If so, then come along to our weekly Irish Circle in Muinebheag Library every Tuesday at 11am. Alternatively, an Irish Circle meet in Carlow County Museum each Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. All are welcome.