CBI’s vision is an Ireland in which books are central to every child’s life and in an effort to work towards universal access, we run book gifting schemes to ensure that books get into the hands of as many young readers as possible. To help schools in particular need, we have developed the Bookbag initiative in partnership with Brown Bag Films and the Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries in partnership with ICLA and a number of supporting publishing houses. We also work with charity partners throughout the year to deliver books into areas of need.
ROBERT DUBBAR MEMORIAL LIBRARIES
The Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries are named in memory of CBI’s former patron and long-time friend. Robert was a critic, editor and teacher, a pioneer of the study of children’s literature in Ireland and a true champion of children’s books and their creators.
Throughout his career as a secondary school teacher, he was instrumental in the establishment and running of school libraries, and later, as a lecturer in and commentator on children’s literature, he strongly supported schools in building and maintaining collections of books which would enhance the lives of their students.
As a way of honouring Robert’s significant contribution to our organisation and to children’s literature and reading in Ireland, CBI in partnership with ICLA and supporting publishers, will make an award of three libraries worth €2,500 each to three schools. We invite applications from all schools, primary and secondary, in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The three-week application window for the 2019 cycle opens on 24 September, 2018.
To apply, please fill out the RDML application form here.
Bookbag is a children’s book gifting initiative, funded by Brown Bag Films and delivered in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland. Our aim is to get books into the hands of children in primary schools in Dublin and to inspire a love of reading in young people. We do this through gifting a book to every child in the school. These Bookbags are for each child to take home and keep. The books are chosen carefully with the aim of capturing the imaginations of avid and reluctant readers alike. Bookbag also ensures that every class in the school is visited by an author or illustrator.
These experiences can be a powerful way to encourage a love of reading and bring stories to life. Bookbag assesses the particular needs of each school we work with and, within the constraints of our budget, we aim to address issues and build on strengths to develop a strong reading culture within the school. The three-week application window opens on 24 Sepetmber, 2018. Visit www.bookbag.ie for further details.