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Tipperary Library – Climb Aboard The Summer “Book Bus”

Ms Breda O’Shea, (Tipperary Library Headquarters, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) reports:-

Tipperary Libraries Summer Book Bus schedules are now running in full swing, with our Book Bus rolling into five venues around Co. Tipperary each week. This bus is stocked full with an impressive selection of books for children; from babies to those aged 14 years.

You can register on the Book Bus to participate in the exciting Summer Stars Reading Adventure if you cannot visit one of our magnificent twelve public libraries. Simply pick up your registration card from any of the five locations named below and be one of the many children to be presented with a Summer Stars Certificate next September.

We are also giving out incentives along the way and its important to us that every child in these areas have an equal opportunity to become involved.

Our books in stock are a mixed array of exhilarating and knowledge-building volumes, to fulfil the needs of every child. So do come on down and meet our friendly and eager staff.

Remember, it is never too late to register for the “Summer Stars”, or to come along and exchange your books for new material. We really look forward to saying hello and being of service to the following five communities.

Book Bus Schedules run as follows:-
Clogheen Community Centre: Every Tuesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm from 10th July -14th August.
Mullinahone Health Centre Car Park: Every Tuesday, 2.30pm – 4.30pm from 10th July -14th August.
Carrick On Suir – 27 Comeragh View: Every Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm from 12th July – 16th August.
Clonmel – Elm Park Community Centre: Every Thursday, 2.00pm – 4.00pm from 12th July to 16th of August.
Newport – Newport Community Centre: Every Wednesday 10.30am – 1.00pm and; 2.00pm-4.00pm from 11th July to 15th August.

Weather permitting, we are hoping to run some events for the children over the summer. Dogs Trust Ireland visited the bus locations on the 10th and 12th of July, much to the delight of the children. Next week we are running a “Story Sack Storytime”, again weather permitting. Our story-time Puppets confirm that they are very much looking forward to breaking out of their sack, to spend some further quality time and having fun with the children! This is a very interactive and enjoyable event.

Schedules for “Story Sack Storytime” are:-
Clogheen – Tuesday 24th July @11.30am.
Mullinahone – Tuesday 24th July @ 3.00pm.
Newport – Wednesday 25th July @ 2.30pm.
Carrick On Suir – Thursday 26th July @ 11.00am.
Clonmel – Thursday 26th July @ 3.30pm.

Membership is FREE and young children must be accompanied by an adult. If your child has special or additional reading needs; please contact Ellen Kilmartin on Tel: (0761) 1066100.

We are encouraging as many families as possible to bring their children along, to avail of this golden opportunity to keep their reading skills up over the summer. The benefits are huge and past experience highlights the enjoyment and fun the children have each year with our Summer Book Bus. It also provides an invaluable service to families who may not live in close proximity to one of our 12 libraries in Co. Tipperary.

The Book Bus for Clonmel, Carrick On Suir have been supported by the South Tipperary Development Company and in Newport by North Tipperary Leader Partnership, through The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). Same are funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund.

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Are You Entitled To School Clothing & Footwear Allowance?

Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) helps those on low incomes to meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for children returning to school.

The Allowance Scheme for 2018 is presently open, with the closing date for application set at September 30th, 2018.

BSCFA is paid to many residents of the State automatically by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, meaning that for some lower income families, they do not have to make an application for such payment.

To avail, of BSCFA, parents or guardians must be getting certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes. Their siblings must be aged between 4 and 17 years of age, on or before September 30th, of the year for which you apply (2018). If still in second-level education, siblings must be aged between 18 and 22 years of age on or before the same date.

For those who qualify automatically, they should have received their payment at the weekend just gone. (Ending Friday July 13th 2018)

Those who feel they have an entitlement and have, as yet, received no payment; they will need to apply to the Department if you have not to date received a payment notification letter in 2018.

Note: First time applicants will need to complete an application form.

For more Information do visit the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website, latter found HERE.

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More Children Than Ever Sign Up Free To “Summer Stars”

Ms Breda O’Shea, (Tipperary Library Headquarters, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) reports:-

“Summer Stars” has been rolled out again this year to all County Libraries nationwide. Interest in this exciting reading-based programme has escalated since the beginning of July in Tipperary Libraries, with more children than ever signing up.

It has been proven that children who visit their local Library regularly, develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills, alongside a positive attitude towards reading for pleasure and knowledge building.

As Dr Seuss so perfectly put it, “The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.  Reading is a powerful motivational developmental tool. Parents who introduce and encourage their young children to read are giving them a huge gift for life.  Numerous studies show strong links between reading and a child’s emotional development, imagination, creativity, social skills and overall well-being.

If you have not already registered your child for “Summer Stars”, simply drop into your local Library today and collect your Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track reading progress.  It’s never too late to join up!  Registration will be accepted right up to the last week in August. Rewards and incentives will continue throughout the summer with a presentation of certificates in early September for all participants who return their cards to their local library.

Don’t forget to check out the Summer Stars website HERE to participate in the online games and activities as well as sampling a range of animated e-books.  Keep an eye on our library website HERE, for up and coming Summer Star events at your local Library.

Note: “Summer Stars” is a free programme and events are also free.

Nenagh Library for example will entertain your 5-8-year olds with Arts n’ Crafts sessions on Wednesday mornings at 11.15am and with Storytime on Thursday mornings at 11.15am throughout the Summer months.

Borrisokane Library are hosting Rico’s Magic show and Balloon Modelling on Thursday 9th August at 3.00pm.  Booking is essential.

Cashel Library has a Teddy Bears Picnic Storytime on Wednesday 25th July at 3.00pm, and again booking is also essential.

This is just a sample of what is on offer in Tipperary Libraries this summer.

Well done to everybody who has signed up to Summer Stars. Keep up the excellent work and tell all your friends; so that they get to join in the fun too.

Finally, well done also to our excellent Library Staff, who as usual are working tremendously hard to provide a top-class service to everybody in our communities.

Library Membership is free to all ages.

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Pres. M.D. Higgins Warmly Welcomed To Cabragh Wetlands

A large crowd turned out on Saturday evening last, May 19th 2018, in Cabragh Wetlands Thurles, to welcome two visiting guests; the President of Ireland, Mr Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Ireland’s First Lady, Mrs Sabina Higgins. President Higgins was visiting to officially open the Trust’s new and recently erected Visitor Centre, situated on the property.

The President and his wife was formally welcomed by Mr Tom Grace (Wetlands Trust Chairperson); Mr Michael Long; Independent TD Deputy Mr Michael Lowry, and Fianna Fáil TD Deputy Mr Jackie Cahill.

The building was officially blessed by the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, His Grace Kieran O’Reilly, [(SMA) Society of African Missions].

Addressing the assembled gathering President Higgins spoke of global changes seeming overwhelming. “We are now witnessing the most negative manifestations of human influence: the catastrophic effects of climate change produced by the emission of greenhouse gases and changes in land-use, such as the drainage of bogs and wetlands; the alteration of the phosphorus, sulphur, and as we know so well in Ireland, the nitrogen cycles, each one an ecological process vital to life on our planet; disruptions to the terrestrial water cycle, so vital to rain-fed agriculture in a pastoral economy such as our own; and of course, most tragically, the onset of the sixth great mass extinction event in the history of our planet, in which so much biodiversity has already been lost.”

Yet, despite global changes he pointed out that the Wetlands Trust project here in Thurles, was born at a challenging time for the then workforce in Thurles and the beet farming producers of Tipperary when, in 1989, Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann decided to close the sugar factory, which had been “such a fixture of the economic life of the area since 1934”.

Praising the challenges faced and dealt with by the organisation, the President concluded, “This Visitor Centre is a fitting testament to your efforts over the many years. It comes in the midst of our planetary emergency, and is more urgently required than ever before, for it provides us with hope for a better, more socially just and ecologically sustainable future.

May I then pay tribute once again to all those who brought this vision into being, in particular the Chairman of the Trust, Tom Grace, and wish you all the very best in the future”.

The President and his wife were later taken on an educational tour of this very fine local facility.

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Lowry Confirms Provision For Special Needs Assistant Posts

Independent Deputy Mr Michael Lowry has confirmed the provision for additional ‘Special Needs Assistants’, all of whom will be allocated to schools here within Co. Tipperary, as and from the start of the next school year.

This announcement means that 12 additional Special Needs Assistant posts are to be created in Co.Tipperary. In all, this will bring the total number of Special Needs Assistant posts in Co. Tipperary schools to over 463, with effect from September of this year, 2018.

“As student enrolment continues to grow in our school’s annually, these extra Special Needs Assistant posts, when filled, are to be wholly welcomed, thus allowing students who require special needs education to continue their tutelage in a mainstream school setting”, stated Deputy Lowry.

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