Exciting new Scéal Trails to be launched on Cruinniú na nÓg

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Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.

This Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 there are an abundance of wonderful events online to choose from delivered by dlr. If you would rather get outside, why not discover and explore two wonderful new Scéal Trails, one in Cabinteely and one in the west of the county in Dundrum, both will launch on Saturday 12 June.

What is a Scéal Trail?

dlr Scéal Trail is an outdoor story walk that everyone can enjoy. It's a picture book delivered in an exhibition format that you can follow, from beginning to end, as you walk with your family or friends. The aim of a Scéal Trail is to encourage reading in an outdoor setting, promote the use of books beyond the confines of library spaces and encourage engagement where parents, children, grandparents, siblings and friends can engage together with a book.

What are the books and where can they be discovered?

dlr Libraries will present The Vanishing Lake Scéal Trail in Dundrum Library garden on Saturday 12 June.

From debut author/illustrator Paddy Donnelly, comes a captivating tale celebrating a young girl’s determination, a Grandad’s wisdom, and the fantastical wonders of the natural world. This beautiful book is filled with imagination, the natural world, and the magic of storytelling. With thanks to YeeHoo publishers for permission to use as a Scéal Trail.

dlr Libraries will present Spidey Scéal Trail in Cabinteely Library garden on Saturday 12 June.

Spidey - A delightful picture book written by dlr Senior Librarian Carmel Uí Cheallaigh and illustrated by Fintan Taite. Tá suim an-mhór ag Séimí beag sna damháin alla. Bíonn siad le feiceáil i ngach áit, dar leis! Ba bhreá leis féin bheith ina Spidey lá éigin! Little Séimí just loves spiders! No matter where he goes he can think of nothing else. If only he could be a spider himself! Spidey is an Irish language book but will have English translations to make the project bi-lingual and accessible, while at the same time supporting the use and reading of Irish language books. With thanks to publisher Cló Mhaigh Eo for permission to use Spidey as a Scéal Trail.

Associated activities for local school children

Ahead of the launch of The Vanishing Lake Scéal Trail on 12 June, Cruinniú na nÓg, dlr Libraries will host online workshops for local schools during week of 7-11 June:

The Vanishing Lake, reading and illustrator workshop with author/illustrator Paddy Donnelly.
Reveal of Grandad's secret stories that didn't make it into the book! Live draw-along of characters from the book as well as showing of sketches and other work from the creative process. Q&A with Paddy on where he gets his ideas and how he creates his illustrations.

Dates: Tuesday 8th, Wed 9th and Friday 11th June
Times: 9.30-10.30am, 10.45-11.45am, 12-1pm each day
Suitable for:
Online via zoom
To book: librarybookings@dlrcoco.ie

A talk on unusual natural phenomena such as Vanishing Lakes and ecology for schoolchildren with Dr. Paul Wilson, Hydrogeologist

Dr. Paul Wilson is Hydrogeologist with the British Geological Survey. He studies and understands how water that is underground works so that we can protect from getting contaminated and can use it for our water supplies. He became fascinated with vanishing lakes as a child when his parents would drive past Loughareema near Ballycastle in Count Antrim, when going on holidays. In 2014, he looked into why it empties and fills up and discovered that no-one really knew so he started a science study to work out how it worked, where the water went and why it was located where it was.

Thursday 10th June at 10am      Suitable for 5th/6th class       Online via zoom

To book: librarybookings@dlrcoco.ie

With thanks to Dr. Paul Wilson and the British Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, you can watch a video on the wonderful phenomena of Disappearing Lakes here.

Ahead of the launch of our Spidey Scéal Trail on Cruinniú na nÓg, dlr Libraries will host online workshops for local schools during 7-11 June:

Book reading, activity sessions, illustration workshops with author Carmel Uí Cheallaigh with illustrator Fintan Taite

Join Carmel and Fintan for this fun interactive reading and illustration workshop. Hear and see how ‘Spidey’ came to life through Carmel’s simple words and Fintan’s humorous illustrations and pick up lots of tips along the way. This heart-warming story introduces young children to the rich delights of the Irish language in a fun and engaging way.

Date Wed 9th and Friday 11th June
Times, 10-11am and 11.30am-12.30pm both days
Suitable for: ages
Online via zoom
To book: librarybookings@dlrcoco.ie

Love them or dread them? Learn all about Spiders in these wonderful insightful workshops with Colm Ennis.

Step into the fascinating world of SPIDERS with a talk from spider breeder and zoology research associate Collie Ennis.
From tiny house spiders to gigantic Tarantulas, from fishing spiders to flying spiders this talk will enlighten and amaze about the lives of these wonderful and often misunderstood arachnids.

Dates: Monday 14th June and Tuesday 15th June
Times: 9.30-10.30am, 10.45-11.45am, 12-1pm both days
Suitable for: 5th/6th class
Online via zoom
To book: librarybookings@dlrcoco.ie