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Saturday 24 August 2019

New chapter opens at Kilmore NS as it launches new library

Youngest pupil Leah Sinnott and eldest pupil John Rochford cut the tape to open the new library at Kilmore National School
Youngest pupil Leah Sinnott and eldest pupil John Rochford cut the tape to open the new library at Kilmore National School

Pádraig Byrne

Kids at Kilmore National School were delighted to extol the virtues of a good book recently as the schools new library officially opened. The school has invested close to €10,000 in the facility, purchasing creative book shelving and state of the art scanning equipment.

The big opening also coincided with World Book Day, which was also the end point for the school's four week readathon.

The woodland themed library comes complete with a reading tree for pupils to sit into and read, as well as a decorative, themed walls with book quotes and images.

Principal Micheál Martin outlined how the library had added the 'wow factor' to the school and really taps into the children's imaginations.

'It creates a space that children want to visit, for the sheer novelty value if nothing else and hopefully it sends a clear message that the library is a fun place to be,' he said. 'We have a long tradition of placing a high importance on literacy and the development of a school library is an extension of that.'

It was great timing that the library was ready to rock for World Book Day and the kids dressed up in some wonderfully creative costumes representing their favourite book characters.

'All the staff involved in preparing the room focussed on each detail,' Mr Martin said. 'These small details mean that the library comes alive. It is no longer a library but a place of dreams and adventure. It will lay down memories for pupils of their first school library that will stay with them into adulthood.'

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