Summer Stars Programme for 2021 launches

by Kim O Leary

The Summer Stars Reading Adventure was launched in Clondalkin last week and will take place in library branches over the summer.

 Mr. Joe O’Brien, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities was in attendance at the launch on Wednesday, June 9 at the North Clondalkin Library.

This programme is being supported by a range of online activities such as story time sessions, quizzes and a national short story competition taking place in public libraries throughout the country.

The National Summer Stars Reading Adventure is part of the Right to Read literacy initiative that encourages children to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and to participate in reading and a range of events and activities at their library.

The Minister said: “The Summers Stars programme is a fantastic annual event which sees libraries delivering a reading programme and a variety of activities for the whole family, such as online story time sessions, quizzes and a national short story competition. The range of activities being provided also includes treasure hunts, magic shows, Harry Potter nights, craft workshops, Summer Book Bus and LEGO challenges.”

“Summer Stars is free to all children and I encourage parents and children to contact their local library and get involved.”

The programme is in its eighth year and the focus of the campaign is to support and co-ordinate children and families in literacy and reading development activities.

The initiative takes place in all 330 public libraries and is co-ordinated at national level by the Right to Read Steering Group, chaired by the Department of Rural and Community Development in collaboration with Libraries Development in the LGMA.

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