Monaghan Library Blog

What we read at Storytime this week

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson and published by Walker books Ltd.

This lovely, classic story is about three baby owls, Percy, Sarah, and Bill. They wake up in their nest to find their mother gone. They wonder and worry at her absence, seeking reassurance in each other. When their mother returns, they welcome her with joy. She reminds them that she always returns. This book is a good pick for children who may be anxious when separated from a loved one, children can relate to the baby owls’ emotions in their mother’s absence but also the reminder that she always returns. For our story time we used finger and hand puppets to further engage the children with the story.

Neon Leon By Jane Clarke, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup and published Nosy crow Ltd.

This interactive story is about Leon, a neon coloured Chameleon who is unable to change his colour, he is so bright he keeps the other chameleons awake at night. The story follows him on his search for a place he can fit in. This book encourages lots of participation, children are encouraged to guess the colours the chameleons will change to in different terrains, encourage Leon, count to ten, and clap their hands.

I say Ooh you say Aah by John Kane, published by Templar books

This interactive, brightly coloured picture book had the children and adults laughing out loud. It is about a Donkey named Ooh searching for his underpants. The story asks for lots of audience participation which is what our story time is all about. We had to say AAH anytime the book said OOH, pat our heads when we seen the coloured red, say our name when we seen a cloud and shout UNDERPANTS! Anytime we seen an Ant. Being the first time we read the stories a serious of prompts were used but we soon got into the swing of the story. The story results in our donkey Ooh wearing frilly pink underpants with yellow spots on his head, causing a lot of laughs.

 

Storytime takes place 11am every Friday at Monaghan town library.

Meet the Staff from Monaghan Town Library

Kay CassidyKay Cassidy

How long have you worked at Monaghan town Library? I’ve worked in Monaghan Town Library for over 14 years, having started in Monaghan Library Headquarters a few years before that.

What is your role in the library? I’m the Executive Librarian in Monaghan Town Library, responsible for the management and delivery of the day-today running of the branch, with the support of an excellent library team. We work together to develop the delivery and promotion of an innovative programme of events, which includes literacy supports, through developing strong links with our local education sector. This currently includes our Summer Stars Initiative, under the Right to Read Programme, which continues to promote children’s literacy and reading development over the Summer months, as well as various other initiatives throughout the year. Another important part of my role is to co-ordinate stock selection, ensuring an excellent and good balance of stock, something which we are all very proud of.

What is your favorite part about working in a library? My favourite part of working in the library is how satisfied our customers are with the excellent free services we have on offer and how hard the staff work daily as a team towards achieving this.

What was your favorite book as a child? The Secret garden by  Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Why do you think people should join their local library? Our branch is very restricted in what we can offer at present due to lack of space.  However, we are looking forward to moving into our new Library in Monaghan Town mid-2023.

 

Suzanne BuckleySuzanne Buckley

How long have you worked at Monaghan Town Library?  21 years with Monaghan County Library Service.

What is your role in the library? Senior Library Assistant – Book clubs Co Ordinator, School visits Co Ordinator, Book purchasing, One book one county, Authorfy.

What is your favorite part about working in a library? No day is ever the same.

What was your favorite book as a child? Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl.

Why do you think people should join their local library?  It’s free to join and there is something for everyone.

 

Jane McGuiganJane McGuigan

How long have you worked at Monaghan Town Library? Since May 2022 after a transfer from Planning.

What is your role in the library? Library Assistant/Clerical Officer – Assisting customers, shelving books, cataloguing new stock, helping with events and whatever else needs done.

What is your favorite part about working in a library? Every day is different, you never know who is going to come through the door or what is going to face you. I love chatting and talking to all our customers.

What was your favorite book as a child?  Jemima Puddleduck.

Why do you think people should join their local library? The library is so much more than just books. There are so many services we offer such as computers, books, DVDs, magazines, daily newspapers, audio books, events for all ages and more. It is a great social outlet.

 

Louise Mc Phillips Louise Mc Phillips

How long have you worked at Monaghan Town Library? Since August 2019.

What is your role in the library? Library Assistant – working at the front desk, shelving, helping with events, answering queries, Storytime.

What is your favorite part about working in a library? I love doing story time, it’s a real fun weekly event where we read stories, sing songs, and have lots of friends. It is great to see children taking a real interest in reading.

What was your favorite book as a child?  Black Beauty – Anna Sewell.

Why do you think people should join their local library? It’s Free and there is something for everyone, whether it’s a space to study, browse the internet, meet new people through a book club or a space for children to read and explore the library offers it.

 

Ten Facts about Mr. Men and Little Miss books

The Mr. Men and Little Miss books remain one of the most popular children’s books, with their bright colours and range of characters, we regularly see them heading out the door of the library. Our customers know where exactly to find them as Little Miss sunshine and Mr. Bump book ends mark they spot where they are kept.

Here are ten interesting facts about both series:

  1. The very first Mr. Men book was Mr. Tickle published in 1971, over 50years ago!
  2. Mr. Tickle came about after Roger Hargreaves son asked him ‘what a tickle looked like?’
  3. The characters live in a fictional place called Misterland.
  4. Little Miss Bossy was the first book in the Little Miss series, published in 1981
  5. As of 2021, there are 92 Mr Men and Little Miss books.
  6. When the first books were first sold, they cost just 15p.
  7. Roger Hargreaves had four children, Amelia and Sophie were twins and inspired the Little Miss Twins book.
  8. Roger drew his characters using a magic marker.
  9. Over a 250 million copies have been sold.
  10. The Books have been translated into 20 different languages.