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Sunday 18 August 2019

'Circus Stars' earn recognition

A LARGE number of 'Circus Stars' had their reading skills recognised at Wexford Town Library on Saturday.

The library held a special awards day to mark the end of another successful 'summer reading challenge'.

The theme this year was 'Circus Stars' and with over 300 local children participating it made for an extremely busy summer in the library as all the children visited to borrow six or more books and collect their rewards along the way.

The children who completed the reading challenge were treated to a day of fun and free events on Saturday.

John ' The Magic Man' visited in the morning with his furry rabbit friend 'Hop' and a very naughty puppet. The children were enthralled by his spectacular circus magic tricks, his Harry Potter spooky magic box and all the funny stories he told.

Paul from Wobbly Circus wowed the crowd with his juggling of hats and bicycle wheels.

He then gave the children a circus skills workshop where they had great fun learning the art of plate spinning, juggling, poi spinning, and using diabolos and devil sticks.

The children were presented with their Circus Stars medals and certificates by Librarian Nicola McGrath at the end of each session. There was a Circus Stars awards party in the afternoon.

Mayor of Wexford David Hynes presented the children with their medals and certificates. He congratulated all the children and the parents for their efforts and spoke of the importance of initiatives such as the summer reading challenge for exposing children to a vast range of books, improving literacy levels and developing an early life-long love of reading.

He encouraged the families to continue to visit the library after the challenge. Cllr Hynes also paid special tribute to the library staff and to the local schools for their enthusiastic support of the project, which helped contribute to its success.

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