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In Pictures: Laois Libraries launch ‘Summer Stars’ free outdoor reading programme for children

Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. with Cathaoirleach of LCC Catherine Fitzgerald, author Jennifer Farley (centre) and Mountmellick librarian Edel Heffernan with Jennifer's Scout's Best Day Ever at Mountmellick Playground for the launch of the Laois County Library Service 'Storywalk' which is supported by Creative Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Laois Libraries are bringing the library service outdoors this summer.

As part of the Summer Stars reading programme, Jennifer Farley’s book, “Scout’s Best Day Ever”, will be coming to playgrounds, parks and walks across the county for the summer holidays.

The book will be up on boards so families can walk around and read the book about Scout’s travels around Ireland from Dublin to Donegal.

The Story Stroll was launched on Friday June 18 in Mountmellick Playground at 12.30pm with pupils from Scoil Phadraig Naofa in attendance.

Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Catherine Fitzgerald and author Jennifer Farley were at the launch.

The Story stroll will be in the following locations on these dates:

Mountmellick playground June 19 to July 16
Mountrath Playground July 17 to July 30
Portarlington Playground July 31 to August 31
Bog walk Abbeyleix June 19 to July 9
Rathdowney Playground July 10 to July 23
Stradbally Playground July 24 to July 30
Portlaoise Town Park July 31 to August 31

Laois County Library Service ‘Story Stroll’ is supported by Creative Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council

The Summer Stars reading adventure runs over the summer holidays and is free for all children under 12.

There are free online workshops on dance, coding, dogs, dinosaurs and slime. There will also be free craft bags to collect.

Photographer Alf Harvey captured some great images from the launch.

Check them out below:

Author Jennifer Farley and Mountmellick Librarian Edel Heffernan
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. with teacher Ms Conroy, SNA Ms Deffew, Cathaoirleach of LCC Catherine Fitzgerald, author Jennifer Farley and Mountmellick librarian Edel Heffernan
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. with Cathaoirleach of LCC Catherine Fitzgerald, author Jennifer Farley and Mountmellick librarian Edel Heffernan 
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. listen to author Jennifer Farley at Mountmellick Playground
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. listen to author Jennifer Farley at Mountmellick Playground
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Author Jennifer Farley and Mountmellick Librarian Edel Heffernan with Jennifer’s Scout’s Best Day Ever at Mountmellick Playground
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. with teacher Ms Conroy, SNA Ms Deffew, Cathaoirleach of LCC Catherine Fitzgerald, author Jennifer Farley and Mountmellick librarian Edel Heffernan
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. with teacher Ms Conroy, SNA Ms Deffew, Cathaoirleach of LCC Catherine Fitzgerald, author Jennifer Farley and Mountmellick librarian Edel Heffernan
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants from Scoil Phadraig Naofa B.N.S. with Cathaoirleach of LCC Catherine Fitzgerald, author Jennifer Farley (centre) and Mountmellick librarian Edel Heffernan
Picture: Alf Harvey.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.