Tipperary libraries were delighted to be able to run the Children’s Summer Book Bus again this year in Clogheen, Mullinahone and Newport.
“The success of the service in these villages in 2010 made us very determined to be able to run the service again in 2011. However, decreasing resources across the County Library Service was putting the possibility of running the bus in 2011 in jeopardy. We decided to turn to local volunteers for help. We got a great response and had pl enty of help all summer and it turned into a great community service. “ Emer O’Brien, Senior Executive Librarian, Tipperary Libraries.
The Book Bus was just as popular as 2010. Over 4,400 books were borrowed and over 500 children used the service, and a large percentage of them participated in the Summer Reading Tree.
This means they had to read 6 books or more during the summer and as a result will receive a certificate and medal at the Reading Tree Parties due to be held in the libraries across Tipperary in September.
One Newport parent commented that it is a great service, that her children did it last year and want to get another medal this year. “ It’s great, there’s a huge choice and we can just ask for more of the type of books he reads and we get them. Badly needed........they love it.”
“This service is hugely dependent on the flexibility of staff such as the Bus Driver, Liam Duggan, who commits much of his summer to the service and help from staff in the surrounding libraries such as Clonmel, Cahir and Nenagh is also invaluable and much appreciated by Library Management in times when all staff are doing more and more due to increasing demands on the Public Library Service in Tipperary,” said Emer O’Brien
The summer reading tree is a very successful programme that has a real impact on the literacy skills of the children who participate. Staff across the county are committed to this service and to the provision of this service to rural communities through the Book Bus when and where possible.
“Many parents have said to me that it is a brilliant facility and they hope it will continue in future years. “ Cllr. Marie Murphy, South Tipperary County Council.