Ormeau Road Library hosted a very special Story time for local children read by Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Lord Mayor of Belfast.
The Lord Mayor delighted the young children with tales from one of her favourite children’s story book Oisín and the Land of Tír na n-Óg. The event, which is part of Libraries NI summer reading initiative The Big Summer Read, is one of a large programme of free events aimed at offering fun and interactive ways to keep children and teens reading during the summer holidays.
Children across Northern Ireland have read over 227,000 books since The Big Summer Read began on 2 July. The Big Summer Read helps prevent a ‘reading dip’ while children are off on holiday better placing them to engage in school when they return in September.
Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Lord Mayor of Belfast said:
“It is fun to read this story again and during such a special time – it is so important for children to have good literacy skills and besides keeping up their reading skills, books provide them with entertainment throughout the summer.
“Getting children interested in books at a young age really boosts their literacy and provides a life skill that will stand the test of time in both education and work,” said the Lord Mayor.
Conor McKenna, Ormeau Road Branch Library Manager spoke of the event:
“Ormeau Road Library was buzzing with excited children listening to the Lord Mayor tell the legends tale of Oisín and the Land of Tír na n-Óg. The Big Summer Read is our biggest event of the summer and it is fantastic to have the Lord Mayor take time out of her busy schedule to hop on board and join in the fun. My sincere thanks to all involved in making today’s event a highlight of the summer calendar.”
The Big Summer Read is currently running in all 96 public libraries and 16 mobile libraries until Friday 31 August. There is still time to get involved by calling into your local library and picking up a passenger pack today! For further information please visit: www.librariesni.org.uk