Creative close to Coalisland Irish-language book club10th July 2012 | By: brendan64 | 1 Comment »
Coalisland Library was transformed into a magical world of witches, singing animals, ships and spells as this year’s Irish language children’s book club drew to a close for the summer.
Book club Léigh Leat, or “read on”, gives children from local Irish-medium schools the chance to read and interact with a variety of Irish books.
Irish-language performance artist Ariel Killick, otherwise known as Síona Scéalaí, Sheena the storyteller, encouraged the youngsters to create their own tales and bring them to life in a fun and imaginative way.
Chairs were transformed into icebergs and children adopted their character’s roles as they performed their stories during the club’s final meeting before the summer break.
Léigh Leat, which takes place fortnightly in Coalisland Library, has divided the children into two age groups this year due to its growing membership.
The children get the opportunity to read and take part in activities including art work, drama, puzzles and treasure hunts.
Gearóid Trimble, programme manager for Foras na Gaeilge, presented the youngsters with certificates for attending the book club.
Speaking at the club, he emphasised its importance in providing the children with a worthwhile opportunity to develop a love for books and for the Irish language.
Addressing the children, he asked them to make him a promise that they would continue to read and enjoy books and to make use of the Irish-language resources provided by their local library.