Hundreds of young library users from all over the county gathered in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday, 3rd of October to celebrate their wonderful success of reading with their local library during the summer holidays.
More than 1,300 children rose to the challenge of ‘Summer Stars’ which encouraged them to read as many books as they could during the months of July and August!
This year has seen a 50% increase in the number of children taking part, with almost 10,000 books in total read over the course of the summer.
The library service hosted events and competitions as part of ‘Summer Stars’ and participants received incentives such as bookmarks, pencils, bags and wristbands for taking part. This year there was an added bonus of the chance to win a bicycle or sports voucher.
Each child received a certificate of completion and a special invitation to attend a celebration evening where they would receive a medal and listen to some tales from renowned storyteller Niall de Búrca.
Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice attended the event as he awarded the top prize of a brand new bicycle to Ryan Diffley, who is a member of Strokestown Library. Roscommon Sports Partnership agreed to give family bike safety lessons to Ryan. Other winners on the night were users of Boyle Library and the Mobile Library.
County Librarian, Sandra Turner congratulated all the children and their huge achievement as she also paid tribute to the grown-ups who supported them by bringing them to their local library.