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Celebrating Bookworm Babies during Right to Read Week


Bookworm Babies - Central Library

Father and son enjoying the books and bonding at Central

Library, Letterkenny  



Bookworm Babies has grown from strength to strength in the last 5 years with an increasing number of parents and babies coming along to the library every week to introduce Donegal’s youngest residents to the joy of reading.


“We will be celebrating Bookworm Babies 5th birthday this week during Right to Read Week” says Maureen Kerr from Donegal Library Services and the Right to Read Co-ordinator “it has proved to be a great way of spreading the joy of reading to our youngest residents in Donegal, and this helps create a positive approach to reading in later years.”


Dr Mary Roche, who first launched the initiative back in 2013, will be back in Donegal to help celebrate the success of the programme at a special birthday celebration on Friday 5 October at 11am in Central Library, Letterkenny.


Sarah Webb - Bookworm Babies

Author Sarah Webb who will be running a book-based

workshop for parents and children aged 0-3 on Tuesday

2nd October


In addition Dr. Roche will also be hosting an evening event for parents, early educators and junior school teachers called ‘Getting children off to a great start: talking and thinking about picturebooks in the early years’ in Central Library, Letterkenny at 7pm on Thursday 4th October.


Bookworm Babies is an initiative of the Library Service, Lifestart and the HSE under the auspices of the Donegal Children and Young People’s Services Committee to promote the importance of reading with young children to their parents or guardians.  It is one of a number of initiatives introduced as part of the Right to Read programme in Donegal bringing together local authorities and local bodies in supporting literacy and reading development.


Award winning-Irish Children’s author Sarah Webb will also be in the county for Right to Read week when she delivers a workshop for primary school pupils in Central Library on Monday 1st October followed by an early years family workshop for 0-3 year olds and their parents based on her recent title “A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea” on Tuesday 2nd October.


Bookworm Babies - Dr Mary Roche

Dr Mary Roche who will be in Letterkenny next week celebrating

Bookworm Babies 5th birthday



Full details of all Right to Read week events are available at or follow Donegal County Library on Facebook or Twitter.

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