What is Right to Read:

Right to Read is a coordinated framework for literacy support and development throughout Carlow town and county, delivered by Carlow County Council.


Carlow Library Service is the lead agency with the County Librarian and programme Co-ordinator working towards:

  • Leading the programme and overseeing progress of this Literacy Action Plan in partnership with members of the Right to Read Local Network
  • Delivering more systematic literacy support at local level
  • Coordinating delivery of the identified core service offer
  • Bringing together the knowledge and experience of skilled staff in Local Authority services and local agencies

As the focus for 2018 is on children and families, relevant agencies are represented on the current network with the aim of identifying potential partnerships and providing a structured plan for addressing literacy needs throughout the Local Authority area.

As the programme develops the focus will change to incorporate other areas such as digital literacy, age-friendly, jobseekers etc. and the network membership will be reviewed to reflect this.

Family Explorer Challenge:

As part of the Right To Read programme, Carlow libraries are working with Carlow Sports Partnership to support the Family Explorer Challenge which brings literacy into the outdoors. The Family Explorer Challenge is funded by the HSE under the Healthy Ireland Fund. The aim of the challenge is to encourage families to get out and explore some of the wonderful outdoor spaces in Carlow and to find out a little about nature and heritage by observing their surroundings, reading information signs, answering questions and completing Explorer Trails in a number of locations. The Family Explorer Challenge is free of charge, suitable for the whole family and runs from Sunday 11th February to Sunday 25th March 2018.

We have a number of trail locations including:

  • Carlow Town Park
  • Oak Park
  • Duckett’s Grove
  • Altamont Gardens
  • Clashganny Lock Looped Walk
  • The Barrow Way Leighlinbridge to Bagenalstown

Explorer Trail Locations

How to get involved:

  • Attend the opening event in Carlow Town Park on February 11th from 2pm to 4pm to register your family, pick up your Explorer Passports and Explorer Trail Sheets and get started on the first trail.
  • If you can’t make it to the first event, you can pick up your pack and passports in any of the libraries in Carlow or in Carlow Tourist Office from Monday February 12th.
  • The Explorer Passport and all the Explorer Trail Sheets will also be available to download here from 12th February in case you lose any of your trail sheets or would like extra copies but if you want to collect points and earn certificates you will need to register your family and collect printed passports.
  • In order to add up your points and put the stamps into your passport, we will need to collect all passports in advance of our final event. Simply place all of your completed Explorer Trail Sheets along with your family’s Explorer Passports into an envelope marked Family Explorer Challenge and return to any of the Carlow libraries or Carlow Tourist Office by Tuesday 20th March.
  • We will have a final event in An Gairdín Beo in Carlow Town on Sunday 25th March from 2pm to 4pm, where we will return your Explorer Passports and Explorer Trail Sheets and present you with your certificates. There will also be a chance to try out one final trail in through Carlow Town.
  • If you can’t attend the final event, let us know and we will make other arrangements to return your documents to you.

Family Explorer Passport