Information sources for children's reading and library materials
Children's Books Ireland
19 Parnell Square
Children's Books Ireland (CBI) is a national children's literature association created in 1996 through the merger of the Children's Literature Association of Ireland and The Irish Children's Book Trust. CBI runs children's literature events for adults throughout the year. The main events are a Spring Seminar, Summer School and Autumn Conference. CBI also runs events for children during the annual Children's Book Festival and publishes Children's Books in Ireland magazine twice a year. CBI also runs the Bisto Book of the Year Awards. Members are entitled to reduced rates for attendance at conferences and seminars. The also receive all issues of Children's Books in Ireland, Best Books (the Children's Book Festival reading guide), and news and information about children's literature in Ireland.
School Library Association Republic of Ireland
The School Library Association
St Andrew's College
School Library Association Republic of Ireland (SLARI) is part of the International School Library Association. It provides information, training support and a network for those involved with school libraries at primary and post-primary levels. It organises conferences, seminars and library visits in Dublin and in other parts of Ireland. Its publications include the quarterly, The School Librarian, and a series of guidelines on all aspects of the school library such as literacy and the school library, promotion, management, the Internet, and basic routines in the school library. Members are entitled to four issues of The School Librarian per annum and reduced charges for events and other publications.
The child should experience the best literature appropriate to his/her age and experience.
Reading Association of Ireland
Blackrock Education Centre
The Reading Association of Ireland is a subsidiary of the International Reading Association. It aims to stimulate and promote interest in literacy, to help in the professional development of teachers in the areas of language and literacy, to disseminate knowledge helpful in the solution of literacy problems, to research new trends in the development of literacy, and to promote interest in children's literature. It publishes Reading News three or four times a year, and organises an annual reading conference, a spring term seminar and summer courses for teachers. The Reading Association of Ireland gives a bi-annual award for outstanding books for children that are published in Ireland. It has also published a number of books and pamphlets. Members are entitled to copies of the newsletter, access to its published material and reduced admission to events it organises.
Poetry Ireland/Éigse Ireland
Dublin Castle 2
Poetry Ireland runs the Writers in Schools Scheme, a partnership with primary schools through which writers visit the classroom.
The County Library Service
An Chomhairle Leabharlanna
53, Upper Mount Street
The County Library Service provides block loans of children's books to schools. It can also provide assistance to schools in purchasing children's books and may be able to facilitiate the purchase of books through wholesale suppliers.
(See listings in telephone directory.)