Call Out for the Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries 2019


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 application window for the 2019 cycle opens today on 25 September 2019.

To apply, please fill out the form below and send it in to us by 5pm Friday November 22nd 2019.


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