Summer Fun @ Ballybay Library

Summer Reading Challenge

Every year the library service organises a summer reading programme, which has grown every year with around 1000 young people taking part across the county. The aim of the challenge is to keep children reading over the summer months, to prevent that reading dip and thus makes it easier when returning to school in September. Research shows that taking part in this reading challenge can contribute towards preventing this ‘summer holiday dip’ in reading motivation and attainment, widen students reading range and repertoire and boost their desire to read at home.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge? The challenge is to read 6 books from your local library during the months of July and August. It is aimed at children aged 4-12 years old and all reading abilities.
How do I join the Summer Reading Challenge at my library? Just visit Ballybay Library during opening hours and simply join up. If you are not already a member, you will need a few minutes to fill out a form with a parent/guardian and membership is FREE.
Can I read any books for the Summer Reading Challenge? Yes! You can read any books you like, as long as they’re from the library – fact books, joke books, fiction books and even audio books – anything you like!
This year’s theme is ‘The Big Friendly Read’. Receive a free collector folder to keep your special Big friendly read cards. The cards include Quentin Blake illustrations from some of Roald Dahl’s best loved stories, plus collect other gloriumptious stuff along the way! It’s fun, its friendly and best of all, it’s totally FREE....
There are online games and resources for the children to use too. There will be a number of free arts & crafts workshops in the library in conjunction with the challenge. At the end of the challenge, each child will be invited to an award ceremony to receive a certificate and medal. So what are you waiting for? Take a trip down to Ballybay Library today, sign up and let the challenge commence! For opening hours go or any queries can be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Make your own book workshop – Tuesday 5th July 10.30am The National Print Museum will facilitate this workshop on making a book, using traditional and modern methods and materials, children learn to handcraft their own hardback book which they then decorate and personalise. Age 8+

1916 & Battle of the Somme Historical Re-enactment – Wednesday 6th July at 11am The guns of 1916 - what was life like 100 years ago? Why did some Irish rebel against the English? What weapons were used? How did a failed rebellion lead to the establishment of the Irish Republic? All these questions and more will be ex¬plained in the 1916 show. Here you will dress as the fine ladies and gentlemen of the times, wear the uniforms of Britain, Germany, the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizens Army and the I.R.B. You will become the rebels and try out real guns and experience the birth of a nation for yourself. Michael is renowned for his historical re-enactments of Irish history. Age 8+

All Events are Free But booking is essential as places are limited, so please call into the library today or telephone 042-9741256 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and remember Membership is Free for everyone.