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World Book Day 2004

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World Book Day designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, takes place in Britain and Ireland this year on Thursday the 4th of March. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started some 80 years ago.

World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. A main aim of the day is to encourage children and adults to explore the pleasures of books and reading.

Clare County Library will celebrate World Book Day 2004 by holding storytime for Junior and Senior Infant classes in many of its branches throughout the county. For a list of participating libraries, see Library Events. In addition children’s author, Cora Harrison will discuss and read from her Drumshee series of books with children from Ennis CBS, Ennis National School and Scoil Chriost Ri, Cloughleigh at deValera Library on March 4th at 11.00 a.m. Particular emphasis will be on her book "Secret Spy from Drumshee" which is set in Ennis and was published in 2003.

Shannon Library are holding a Horrible Histories Quiz for 8 to 13 year olds and Scariff Library are making a collection of multi-cultural books for children available to borrowers on the day.

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