Children’s Books Ireland is proud to announce the five schools which have been chosen to receive the inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries, named in memory of our former patron and long-time friend of the organisation. CBI received three hundred applications from schools all over the island of Ireland. The winners are:
Ballyraine N.S., Letterkenny, Donegal
St. Mark’s Junior School, Springfield, Dublin 24
Francis Street CBS, Dublin 8
Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille, Tory Island, Donegal
Mungret Community College, Limerick
Each school will receive a library of books worth €1,500, two artist visits, training and resources to help engage students with books and encourage a whole-school reading culture.
Director of Children’s Books Ireland, Elaina Ryan, said, ‘We were overwhelmed with the response to this project in its first year, and the decision-making process was difficult. So many schools told us of the lack of funding available to buy books for their students, and of their needs in relation to reading, ranging from keeping good quality, modern stock in their libraries to catering for students with special education needs or who have English as an additional language. We chose schools where there was a clear need for the books, and where we felt the libraries would have a significant impact on the students. We are currently working with each school and we are looking forward to handing over the books, bringing authors and illustrators into the school and providing tailored training to the staff and parents who will manage the libraries.’
Support for the Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries is gratefully received from the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency. The Annual CBI Christmas Table Quiz will also raise funds for further author and illustrator visits to the winning schools.