Barntown’s bookworms spellbound
BARNTOWN’S bookworms were given a rare treat recently when real live author Eoin Colfer opened the national school’s new library, sharing some of his creative magic with the spellbound youngsters.
A very well-stocked and laid out library, the new facility is the result of a holistic vision for children that is shared by board, staff and parents at Barntown National School.
In the works for two years, the new library is in use now on a daily basis by staff and children alike.
Principal Louisa O’Brien spoke at the opening about how in the past school children never got to meet an author.
‘They always lived far away and at a distance, it’s great to be able to welcome one so accomplished among us.. and one of our own.’
In a series of presentations, children discussed their favourite writers and books and spoke of the enjoyment they got from books by authors such as Eoin, J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl.
Eoin commended the school on this very worthy initiative and spoke of his own childhood when there was only one library in Hill Street and how, in opening the first page of a book about Fionn Mac Cumhail at that library, he was taken to another level ‘where three hours reading seemed like only three minutes, a light had been switched in me and my life was changed totally.’
Eoin regaled the children with tales from his childhood where he had been nominated unwillingly as the pirate ‘Little Frog’ and how such adventures of childhood became the raw materials of creative writing.
Thanking Eoin for his great presentation to the children, school chairman Fr John Carroll quoted the American writer Jamie Ford who said ‘The library is like an ice cream store where everything is free.’
He said he hoped that this would be the experience of each child at the school in the year ahead where the new facility would be both enjoyed and well used and thanked Eoin for hours of enjoyment he had afforded to so many and in a play on a quote from Artemis Fowl, he went on to say ‘We trust you, you are a genius!’ Gratitude was expressed to Mark Brazzill who organised for Eoin to attend and who set in train events to ensure such a worthwhile experience for all.
Author Eoin Colfer (above) with some of the school’s avid young readers, and addressing the schoolchildren. RIGHT: Lucy Wickham presents a copy of her grandad, John Wickham’s book, ‘The Gallant Boys and Girls of Glynn-Barntown 1883-2010’, to Eoin Colfer. On left is Louisa O’Brien, school principal.
Guest Eoin Colfer cuts the ribbon to officially open the new library at Barntown National School.
Aisling Enright and Eoin Reynolds make a presentation of a Paul Maloney print ‘Childhood is a Short Season’ to Eoin Colfer.