Monday, June 21, 2021

Summer Stars and Summer Arts 2021

Dear Principal,


I would be obliged if you could please share information about Cork County Library Summer Stars and Summer Arts with your teachers and parents. 


I have attached the July 2021 newsletter from the Cork County Arts Office and there is lots of information about workshops and activities for children that will be running during the school Summer holidays in this.


We would ask you to encourage as many children as possible to sign up for this Summer Reading scheme at their local Cork County Library branch and if you could share the following information with your school communities:


Summer Stars 2021 has launched in Cork County Council Library and Arts Service.  Call to your local library branch to get a reading card and record the books that you read during your Summer holidays.  Even if you read just one book and return the completed reading card to your local Cork County Council Library and Arts Service branch library you will be entered in a raffle at the end of Summer and have the chance to win some great prizes. All children throughout Cork County are invited to join the adventure and enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the Summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive.  Every child who reads even one book/ e-book is regarded as having completed the programme and will be entered in a raffle at the end of Summer with the chance to win some great prize and it’s all completely free!

Activities for Summer Stars 2021:

1. Books: Call to your Cork County Council Library and Arts Service branch library to visit and stock up on your summer reads and register for Summer Stars!

2. Summer Stars BorrowBox: Browse, borrow, read and listen to the Summer Stars collection of children’s e-books and e-audio books through the library’s BorrowBox app. This is free for all members to use from anywhere, anytime. Non-members can join online for free at

3. Online Arts events: Summer Stars arts and craft workshops will be delivered online throughout the Summer.  Ask in your local branch library and keep an eye on our Cork County Council Library and Arts Service social media pages for updates. 

4. Story Competition:  As well an enjoying the amazing worlds of books, Summer Stars is also celebrating children’s imaginations by running a short story competition. There are three age categories age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18 with great prizes including a Tablet and finalist in all categories will receive a €50 voucher for all the winners and runners-up. This is a national short story competition.   To enter, write a story using the following opening line:

Of all the places in the world, I never thought I would be here…

Finish the story to enter this year's Summer Stars short story competition!                         

For terms and conditions and more information check the Libraries Ireland website at

5. Reading cards and reviews: Children can track their reading progress with reading cards which can be marked each time a book is read, online or in print form. These are available from your local library or for download and print below. The reviews section on the website:  allows readers to upload their views on what they have read.

6. Online Activities: Check your local Cork County Council Library and Arts Service social media and website for upcoming Summer Stars events and activities!


Thanks and regards,


Dolores Ní Chathasaigh

Leabharlannaí Feidhmiúcháin | Leabharlann Chontae Chorcaí

Comhairle Contae Chorcaí | Halla an Chontae | Corcaigh | T12 R2NC | Éire

T +353-(0)21 – 428 5609 |

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Dolores Casey

Executive Librarian Cork County Library

Cork County Council | County Hall | Cork | T12 R2NC | Ireland

T +353-(0)21 – 428 5609 |

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