Minister O’Brien Launches the Summer Stars Programme for 2021

10th June, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien (Green Party)

Dublin Fingal

10th June 2021

 

Minister O’Brien Launches the Summer Stars Programme for 2021

 

Mr. Joe O’Brien, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, has launched the Summer Stars Reading Adventure, which is a reading programme that will take place in library branches over the summer months. 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.

At the launch, Minister O’Brien 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.  Keep an eye out for news of events at your local libraries in Fingal.”

“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.

 

Colette Byrne, Chief Executive, Kilkenny County Council and Chair of the Libraries Development Committee, LGMA said:

“The Summer Stars programme is all about encouraging children to read for fun, which has so many important long-term benefits. As well as improving literacy, reading can help develop creativity, well-being and self-esteem. Even though things are a little different because of COVID-19, we’re delighted libraries have been able to adapt and find creative ways to continue the Summer Stars programme so many children and families enjoy each year.”

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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