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Spring into Storytime 2021

Throughout the month of April Donegal County Library Service will deliver an exciting programme of online events aimed at children aged 0-10 and their families.  The programme will reinforce the importance of reading and sharing stories and will focus especially on reading together within the family.  Reading or listening to stories with your family is a wonderful way to relax and have fun and also supports the child’s communication and concentration skills.


We are very disappointed that you will not be able to join us physically in the library for Spring into Storytime 2021. However we have a fantastic range of events to offer you online, from author readings and cookery demonstrations to music and craft workshops, and even a family book quiz where you can win fantastic family day out passes.

To open the programme we have a Book Clinic, where the Book Doctor will ‘chat’ in the comments on a Facebook post with parents and guardians, recommending books for the young readers in their lives.


The information and schedule for all the events can be found on our library website ‘What’s on’ calendar or you can follow Donegal County Library on Facebook & Twitter.


Please find below the schedule of events for Donegal Libraries Spring into Storytime 2021:

7 pm     Thur 1stApril         The Book Clinic – Facebook Consultation

11 am    Tue 6th April          Author Reading – Malachy Doyle

11 am    Wed 7th April         Author Reading – Eoin McLaughlin         

11 am    Fri 9th April           Storytime as Gaeilge    

11 am    Sat 10th April        Virtual Rhymetime  

11 am    Mon 12th April       Story and Draw Along – Alan Nolan

11 am    Wed 14th April       Author Reading – Eoin McLaughlin        

11 am    Thur 15th April      Songs for Under 5s - Bernie Doherty

11 am    Sat 17th April        Virtual Rhymetime       

11 am    Sun 18th April       Cooking Demonstration-Recipes inspired by our favourite books

11 am    Tue 20th April        Author reading - Judi Curtin

7 pm      Wed 21st April       Family Online Book Quiz

11 am    Thur 22nd April      Scéalta gaeilge - Brighdin Carr                                               

11 am    Fri 23rd April         Craft Corner – The Secret Garden Paper Garland               

11 am    Mon 26th April       Storytime 

11 am    Tue 27th April        Songs for Over 5s - Bernie Doherty


Studies show that regular reading for pleasure at a young age leads to a happier, more fulfilling future. Reading to children at age 4-5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading and cognitive abilities and helps to develop language and literacy skills.


We have tips and advice to help parents and guardians develop their child’s love of reading. For more information on these support services and much more please see the Love Books section on our website available at the following link


Jill Doherty, Senior Library Assistant with Donegal County Council said, “Donegal Library Service is always keen to promote the joy of reading and Spring into Storytime is a perfect example of that. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the family to sit down and listen to stories and music together. And this year’s diverse programme of events provides something for the whole family.  Sharing a relaxed reading time together teaches children that reading is a fun and enjoyable activity and that is something that will stay with them throughout their lives”.


Whether our doors are open or closed, we are always open on-line where you can access a wide range of resources including courses, e-books, magazines, newspapers and comics for free using your library card and PIN . We currently operate a Doorstep Delivery Service to bring our books to your door.


This programme has been developed as part of Libraries Ireland’s national Right to Read campaign which promotes literacy and reading development for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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