Children’s Books Ireland are bringing their hugely successful, free, friendly “Book Clinics” on tour to venues across Ireland this year, with expert ideas and inspiration for young readers.
Children’s Books Ireland began their hugely successful Book Clinics in 2012, offering children free individual book consultations and reading recommendations. There have now been over 100 clinics to date, attended by 12,000 children and their families – with over 72,000 books “prescribed”!
In 2016 the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic is undertaking a massive nationwide tour with events in Dalkey, Dublin, Dingle, Dun Laoghaire, Howth, Kells, Killmallock, Lismore, Listowel and Newbridge.
So what exactly happens at a Book Clinic?
The consultation with the Book Doctor begins with some questions about which books the young reader has previously enjoyed, as well as activities, movies, TV shows and video games that they like. This lets the Book Doctor know a little bit more about the “patient” so they can make their Book Prescription – which gets written in their Reading Passport, and stamped with the official Book Clinic seal! This book prescription can then be taken to the local library or bookshop to be filled. The Reading Passport also has activities, space for book reviews and information about the patient’s pet peeves and best reads when it comes to books.
Each consultation lasts 10-15 minutes, with the young person getting the full attention of one of Ireland’s leading authorities on children’s books – for free.
Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager at Children’s Books Ireland says, ‘Children’s Books Ireland originally came up with the Book Clinic idea as a way of bringing a love of reading for pleasure to children all around the country. In 2016 we’re excited to be bringing the Book Doctors to new venues as well as revisiting favourites. The Book Clinic is for everyone from 0 to 18 years, from the bookworm looking for their next read to the child who hasn’t yet found a book they love.’
Book Clinics in the coming weeks will include events at Lismore Towers & Tales festival (23rd April), Feile na Bealtaine in Dingle (30th April), Kilmallock in Co Limerick (14th May), Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge (21st May), and The Ark in Dublin on 22nd May as part of International Literature Festival Dublin.
Details of all Book Clinics are listed on the CBI website in advance, www.childrensbooksireland.ie
Book Clinics across the country are also supplemented by Twitter Book Clinics, when the Book Doctor takes to Twitter on the Children’s Books Ireland account @KidsBooksIrel to answer book queries from parents, teachers and anyone else who needs guidance on books for young people.
The 2016 Book Clinics tour is funded by a Touring and Dissemination Grant from the Arts Council and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. To date, with thanks to support from the Arts Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Bord Bia, CBI has brought the Book Clinic to over a hundred festivals and venues all over the country.
For further information: http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie/book-clinics