Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12, Children 6-10, Children Ages 0 - 5, General Information

Spring into Storytime Events

Spring into Story Time is a celebration of reading together which runs in libraries across the
country every April. This year Kildare Libraries will host Spring into Storytime online in April 
and May. We will have a mix of pre-recorded and live story telling through Zoom. All Zoom 
story times are free but require booking. 

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Play and Music Classes for Babies, Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers 
by Gymboree Celbridge Suitable for 6 month olds to 5 year olds & their parents.
Tuesday 4th May 10am

It’s time to get your little one moving, grooving and playing with our interactive class. Let’s use some of your little one’s energy and imagination in this teacher led, parent facilitated virtual multi-sensory play and music class. This class is designed to support parents with their babies (6 months +), toddlers & pre-schoolers as we will sing and play. Children will begin to experiment with ways to interact with music, accompany a song with rhythm, and act out lyrics through movements using both gross motor and fine motor skills while activating the parts of the brain responsible for language development. A list of what will be used in each class will be sent out in advance with suggestions on how to improvise yourself. We only use readily available household items and re-imagine them as class props so nothing very complicated! Zoom Logins will be emailed before this event.
Book via Eventbrite here: 

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Live Story Time & Sing Along Nursery Rhymes for 2-5 years 
Every Friday 10-10.30am

Join the Staff of Maynooth Library for some storytelling and nursery rhymes! Please be aware that a parent/guardian must be present for the duration of the event.
Booking via Eventbrite:
May 7th
May 14th
May 21st
May 28th 

Spring into Storytime with author Louise Shanagher ‘Kindfully me’
Saturday 8th May 10.00am

Join Louise Shanagher author of ‘Kindfully me’ for a wonderful event. Louise Shanagher is a children’s therapist, mindfulness teacher and trainer. Louise has a BA and MSc in Psychology and further qualifications in Play Therapy and Mindfulness. She is the creator of the “Creative Mindfulness Kids” method and has trained hundreds of people to be children’s mindfulness teachers. She is the author of six books: The “Mindfully Me” series, Ireland’s first series of mindfulness books for children and the “Kindfully Me” series and the co-author of Ireland’s first mindfulness curriculum the “Mindful Heart” curriculum. Louise is passionate about promoting positive mental health for children and young people. She believes that all children should get the opportunity to learn how to practice mindfulness and self-compassion and believes that these practices will help children lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.To book this event you will need to include your library card number. If you are not a member of the library, you can join for free by following this link 
Booking via Eventbrite:

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Story Time and Teddy Bear Tea Party 
with Storyteller Michelle from Athy Library 5-7 years
Friday 14th May 4pm-4.30pm via Zoom

This is a fun Story Time Tea Party for 5-7 year olds. Join the storyteller Michelle, from Athy library, for beautiful stories whilst enjoying a very special tea party. Please bring your favourite teapot, cup and little treats to join the interactive fun! Why not get dressed up in your fancy dress best and bring your teddies along too! 
Booking via Eventbrite:  

Helena Byrne Music and Movement
Open to all, most enjoyable for children aged 3 to 10 years.
Saturday 15th May at 10am 

The birds are singing in the trees. The flowers are blossoming in the fields. It’s finally Springtime! So, join storyteller Helena Byrne as she shares wonderful folktales of the Irish countryside. How did the wren become the king of the birds? What tree will protect you from the Fairies? What animals were said to bring good luck? Learn all of this and more on this interactive journey through the amazing nature on our doorstep.Please be aware that a parent/guardian must be present for the duration of the workshop with children attending this workshop.
Booking via Eventbrite: 

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World Bee Day Story Time and Craft 6-10 years old.
Thursday 20th May @ 4pm-4.40pm via Zoom

Join the staff at Athy Library for a story and craft to celebrate World Bee Day and 
Biodiversity Week! Listen to a beautiful Bee story and then use your crafting skills to 
make your very own Bee!                                                                                                                        
Booking via Eventbrite:  

Storytime with Emma-Jane Lesson, author of Johnny Magory via zoom
Saturday 22nd May at 10am

Join Emma- Jane for a fun filled hour where she will read of two of the books from her popular Johnny Magory series followed by a discussion of Irish Wildlife and Heritage, a wildlife draw-along and even a tune or two on the tin whistle. This event is suitable for up to 7 years old and a parent/guardian must be present at all times in the room during the zoom. 
Booking via Eventbrite: 

Choose Your Own Adventure – An Interactive Online Story Time Caper 
with Wayne O’Connor Saturday, 29th May, 10am  5-8 years

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Something has gone wrong in the laboratory of Professor Dougal…and a hero is needed! Join us for an exciting adventure story with storyteller Wayne O Connor. But this is a tale where YOU are the hero, you make the decisions, and your choices determine how the story may end.
Wayne O’Connor regularly performs a variety of stories from around the world in schools and libraries throughout the country. An energetic and engaging performer, prepare for lots of laughter, excitement, magic and a healthy dose of participation! All you need is your imagination!
This event will be delivered via Zoom. 
Bookings via Eventbrite:

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ASD-Friendly Sensory Story Time Sessions Saturday 29th May 11am

Join Sharon Curran (MSEN, BA Mont Ed, Dip Hort) live via Zoom for a fun, sensory story time, tailored specially to meet the needs of children with ASD.
Bookings via Eventbrite:   

Tony the Turtle Storytime Videos – Exclusive to the TTT Vimeo Channel

Valerie Sheehan is a special education teacher and author of the ‘Tony the Turtle’ book series. Valerie started writing stories to help families with a child on the autism spectrum. The idea stemmed from the fact that there were so little resources available for parents/teachers after their child received a diagnosis of autism.The main character is a little turtle named Tony who sees and feels the world differently, each of the nine books in the series offers helpful tips and strategies to manage an everyday activity that many children may find challenging or overwhelming. Tony gives children a character to identify with, showing how it is okay to go into your shell when things get a little difficult and they also give parents the tips and hints they need to support their child during these challenges.They are an educational resource that help both parent and child simultaneously. The books are now helping families around the world navigate through these daily challenges to make sure their child’s day runs as smoothly as possible.Valerie has curated a storytime video for each of her ‘Tony the Turtle’ books and these are available exclusively on the TTT Vimeo Channel

The Little Sunflower Seed (with ISL signing)  with Dolores Keaveney

To celebrate Spring into Storytime and the Grow It Forward campaign, join us for this wonderful story with ISL signing from Kildare author Dolores Keaveney called The little sunflower seed. After the story Dolores will show you how to plant your own sunflower seeds and watch them grow! #SpringIntoStorytime #GrowItForward #KeepWell
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And Even More Stories!!

And even more stories…We’ll be adding to our pre-recorded stories that can be watched anytime on our Vimeo channel throughout April and May. Come and check them out!

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