Summer Stars Reading Adventure Launched at Kerry Libraries

Launching the Summer Stars programme at Castleisland Library on Friday were: Tommy O’Connor, County Librarian; Dawn Kavanagh, Dogs Trust; John Breen, Director of Services, Kerry County Council; Cllr. Bobby O’Connell, Cllr Norma Foley, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council and Eileen Murphy, Castleisland Librarian.

Libraries across Kerry are inviting children to participate in a fantastic adventure that will keep them busy with reading throughout the school summer holidays – the Summer Stars Reading Adventure.

Primary School Children

Each year Kerry Library runs summer reading programmes for primary school children to promote literacy development during the holidays and to encourage readers and not so regular readers to engage with books. The 2018 Reading Challenge will run until 25 August.

Taking part is easy: just call into to your local library and register. Each child who registers for the free programme joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books.

Summer Stars Reading Card

Each child will receive their own Summer Stars reading card to record their progress and for each book read will have a Summer Stars Reward Stamp added to their card at the library. At the end of the programme, all children who have participated will be invited to attend an awards event at their local library.

A series of children’s events will take place across Kerry libraries in conjunction with Summer Stars.

Breakout EDU

There are Dogs Trust workshops on ‘How to look after your pet’; a workshop that will introduce participants to methods of critical thinking titled ‘ Breakout EDU’ will take place in Castleisland and Tralee libraries; a series of workshops ‘From page to green screen’ involving film making and special effects at Caherciveen and Killarney libraries; ‘Balloon Blasts’ workshops in Killorglin and Listowel libraries – which will involve balloons races, creating balloon-powered cars and even balloon jousting.

Interactive Website Available

An interactive website is also available where participants can play related themed games, review books and communicate with selected authors. See address below.

Through these fun events Kerry Library hopes to continue the promotion of books and libraries as an enjoyable and rewarding free activity during the school holidays. All Kerry Library branches are open throughout the summer, including all day on Saturdays.

Launched on Friday

The Kerry Summer Stars Reading Challenge was launched by Cllr Norma Foley, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council on Friday at Castleisland Library.

For more information about Summer Stars Reading Challenge contact: Kerry Library at 066-7121200, check out the website or better still call in and find out more information.

The interactive website address is:


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