Once upon a story time

In December 2015 Offaly Libraries launched a pre-school reading programme called “Once upon a story time...”


The programme ran in all Offaly Libraries for members of pre-school age and with participating créches and pre-schools from the 1st December 2015 to the 31st January 2016.

There were 2 elements to the programme: Reading Cards for each child and a Once upon a story-time with a twist competition for the créche/pre-school

Once upon a story time reading cards ( pre-school age childrenwith  parents/guardians/créche)

o  Reading cards were distributed to participating crèches/pre-schools and were available through the libraries

o  Children read 5 books together at home or in crèche/pre-school

o  They wrote the names of the 5 books on the reading card

o  When all 5 books were finished, children entered the competition on the back page of the reading card & returned the card to their local branch library

o  Completed entries were entered into a prize draw. We have some nice pictures of our winners below.

Daingean Winner with his Prize

Birr winner

 Once upon a story time with a twist (forcréches/pre-schools)

 o  Participating créches/pre-schools were sent entry form for the “Once upon a story time with a twist...” competition.

 o  The créche/pre-school were asked to pick one of the 5 stories from the picture on the entry form and together with the children, write their own version of the story... with a twist!

The winner of the competition for pre-schools was Durrow Pre-School. They received a big box of books for themselves and a storytelling session in the library.

Storytelling prize

Creche competition prize

In all 213 completed reading cards were returned. Well done to all involved.