Libraries across Kerry are welcoming children to participate in a fantastic adventure that will keep them busy with reading throughout the school summer holidays – the Summer Stars Reading Adventure.

Each year Kerry Library runs summer reading programmes for primary school children to promote reading during the holidays and to encourage readers and not so regular readers to engage with books. The 2019 Reading Challenge will run from now until 30 August.

Taking part is easy: just call into to your local library and register. Each child who registers for the free programme joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books. Each child will receive their own Summer Stars reading card to record their progress and for each book read will have a Summer Stars Reward Stamp added to their card at the library. At the end of the programme, all children who have participated will be invited to attend an awards event at their local library.

Pupils from Holy Cross National School, Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

An interactive website is also available [] where participants can play related themed games, review books and communicate with selected authors.

Summer Stars at your local library provides the whole family with an opportunity to explore the full range of events and facilities which are available, including story time sessions, book clubs, children’s activities, access to talking books and games, workshops, computers and internet access, and of course children’s books for all ages.

Launching the programme in Killarney Library was Cathaoirelach Kerry County Council, Cllr. Niall Kelleher, with Pupils from Holy Cross National School, Killarney, Co Kerry. from left, Alex Looney, Manday Chan, Isobel Cremin and Kate Fleming.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PIC/ISSUED 26/06/2019

The Kerry Summer Stars Reading programme was launched by Cllr. Niall Kelliher, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council on Wednesday, 26 June at Killarney Library. Cllr Niall Kelleher joined pupils from Holy Cross Mercy National School and library staff for the event.

Contact details

Kerry Library operates 9 libraries throughout the county:

Ballybunion Library                           068 27615    

Caherciveen Library                         066 9472287 

Castleisland Library                          066 7163403 

Leabharlann Dhaingean Uí Chúis       066 9151499 

Kenmare Library                              064 6641416  

Killarney Library                               064 6632655 

Killorglin Library                                066 9761272  

Listowel Library                                068 23044    

Tralee Library                                   066 7121200  

In addition, 2 Mobile Libraries serve over 90 locations around Kerry.

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Mobile Library 1                               087 2896998

Mobile Library 2                               087 6656412

All Kerry Library branches are open throughout the summer, including all day Saturday opening.

For more information about Summer Stars Reading Challenge contact:

Kerry Library at 066-7121200, check out the website or better still call in and visit any of the Kerry libraries.