On Friday 21st September 2018, Tipperary County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Mattie Ryan, Launched the TIPPERARY YOUNG READER AWARDS (TYRAs). Senior Executive Librarian, Emer O’Brien, said that as part of the RIGHT TO READ programme , the library service in Tipperary wanted to develop a reading programme just for 6th class students in recognition that this age group of soon to be teenagers have varied and broad reading interests and talents particular to their age. We have great readers in Tipperary and the schools are so supportive and committed to developing the children’s reading habits and help us encourage the enjoyment of reading both at home and at school.
To attain the TYRAs award children must read 3 books including a book by an Irish author and a non-fiction book. They are asked to answer questions that make them think about the book more deeply. For example, how the books made them feel, what themes the books deal with, discuss the characters and why they liked or disliked them.
6th class children are at a wonderful age for books. They still are young and can enjoy a range of books and characters but are starting to be interested in books with strong themes and emotions. We hope that the TYRAs will reward our readers and encourage some more kids to read as well.
Once the project is completed, The Library Service intend on having an awards presentation day in February.
Children can participate individually or through school and is open to all 6th class children in Tipperary.
Entry Forms have been sent to all schools or you can pick one up at your local library. Completed forms must be return to: TYRAS, Tipperary County Council Library Service Headquarters, Castle Avenue, Thurles, by the 14th December 2018 or to your local library.