Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries

Children’s Books Ireland announces Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries –four libraries worth €1,500 each donated annually to schools

robert-dunbar-the-bibliophile-low-res-scroll-copyChildren’s Books Ireland is proud to announce the inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries, named in memory of our former patron and long-time friend of the organisation. Robert was a critic, editor and teacher, a pioneer of the study of children’s literature in Ireland and a true champion for 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 the inauguration and maintaining of collections of books which would enhance the lives of their students. After his death, his family suggested that instead of sending flowers, if wished, book tokens could be donated to local schools.

As a way of honouring Robert’s significant contribution to our organisation and to children’s literature and reading in Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland will make an annual award of four libraries worth €1,500 each to four schools. CBI invites applications from all schools, primary and secondary, in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Two of the four libraries will be awarded to primary schools and two to secondary schools. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2017.

Four schools will be selected in September by Children’s Books Ireland and Carole Redford. As well as a new library, each of the four chosen schools will receive a pack of CBI’s Inis Reading Guide, recommending excellent books for children of all ages, as well as posters and stickers which will be designed for CBI’s annual reading campaign.

Throughout 2017 Children’s Books Ireland is celebrating twenty years of making books a part of every child’s life. Since 1997 this national non-profit children’s books organisation has worked with partners across the island of Ireland and beyond, celebrating children’s books and the joy of reading for pleasure through projects such as the CBI Book of the Year Awards, Inis magazine, the Inis Reading Guide and our annual reading campaign. In 2017 our aim is to reach even more parents, teachers and other children’s book-lovers to ensure that children of all ages have access to excellent books.