dlr Libraries Summer Reading programme 2019 prize giving ceremony was held in dlr LexIcon on Saturday 28th September 2019.
We had a bumper year with 2,093 children involved in the reading programme and many more involved in events associated with Summer Stars 2019, over the course of the summer. As part of the reading programme nearly 20,000 books were read by the children involved and we are sure you will agree that is a lot of books! Well done to each and every child that took part. You are all winners.
As you can imagine we cannot invite all 2,093 children to a prize giving ceremony, however all branch libraries hosted local end of summer parties and we know many children attended these locally and collected their certificates and some goodies. For last Saturday's event three children were chosen at random from each of the prize draw boxes in each dlr library and the children plus their families were invited to the prize giving ceremony. An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Shay Brennan presented prizes to all 24 winners. Each child won a €20 voucher plus a medal and a summer stars back pack with a goody bag and the new Children’s Book Ireland Recommended reads booklet for 2019-20, which will encourage anybody to read! These recommended reads booklets are now available in dlr libraries and in local bookshops and are packed with colourful and lively book reviews for all ages. Look out for our great line up of events organised for Children's book festival 2019 in all dlr libraries.
28th September 2019 - dlr Lexicon Library, Dún Laoghaire - Pictured at the presentation of prizes in the annual Summer Stars children’s reading competition were, left to right, Devon Murray, Eve Downey and Tomar Ojasvi from Stillorgan Library with Councillor Shay Brennan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
We also had a prize draw and three children’s names were drawn from the hat to win our top prizes of One4All vouchers for €100, €75, and €50 as well as dlr Leisure service vouchers and Jump zone vouchers. We would like to thank Jump Zone Sandyford and dlr Leisure services for their kind sponsorship.
Thanks also to Flossie the Beach Cleaner for helping us to launch the summer reading programme in June 2019 and for coming back last Saturday to talk to all present about her environmental work and her tips for helping the environment and of course for promoting libraries as great places to reuse, reduse and recycle books! Many thanks Flossie and best of luck with all of your great endeavours.
We hope everyone that was involved in Summer reading 2019 enjoyed it. This is the 8th year that dlr Libraries have run a Summer Reading challenge and every year, more and more children take part.
Three years ago the reading programme went nationwide and now all libraries in Ireland are involved. Summer reading is one of the highlights of our calendar year in public libraries. All staff that work in libraries know that fostering a love of books and reading in children and young people is one of our most important functions and we look forward to encouraging even more readers during the 2020 Summer Stars reading programme.