Salesians doing it by the book with launch of new school library

Salesian pupils enjoying their new library on World Book Day. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

THEY’RE doing it by the book at Salesian Primary School at Fernbank on the North Circular Road, with celebrations held for the launch of the school’s new library.

Funded by the school’s parents association and the Department of Education and Skills Library Scheme, celebrations for the library’s launch took place fittingly on World Book Day 2024 (March 4).

After recent upgrade works, the library has been moved to the East Education Wing of the school, which is also home to a state of the art science room, a colourful all-purpose room, and PE equipment centre.

This bespoke library has been sustainably stocked by re-using the best of its previous stock along with books sourced from local booksellers, such as Quay Bookstore and leading Limerick book suppliers O’Mahonys, as well as donations from families and the city libraries.

“The audio area is our most novel idea with ‘story sacks’ and puppets all within a modern, welcoming, and child-friendly library” according to teacher Thelma Dowling.

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The library was opened in the company of Limerick author Grainne O’Brien who visited the school for a Q&A session.

World Book Day activities included dress-up, interactive ‘Readers Theatre’ assemblies for all classes, and a series of reading challenges.

Speaking at the launch, school principal Claire Rea said: “Reading is one route to lifelong learning. The printed word is powerful and can transport children to places of endless possibilities whether it causes belly laughs, journeying to fantastical lands, or triggers an interest in science and engineering”.