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Silent Books exhibition


This month sees the arrival of Silent Books, a travelling exhibition of picture books from around the world for a three-month tour of four Irish libraries.

In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island of Lampedusa, IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People) launched the project ‘Silent Books, from the world to Lampedusa and back’ in 2012. The project involved creating the first library on Lampedusa to be used by local and immigrant children.​​

The second part of the project created a collection of silent (wordless) picture books that could be understood and enjoyed by children regardless of language. These books were collected from IBBY National Sections, and represent over 100 titles from over 20 countries. One set of books was deposited at the documentation and research archive in Rome (Palazzo della Esposizioni), another was delivered to the library in Lampedusa and a further set was part of a travelling exhibition. It is this third set that has just landed in Ireland and is set to visit Ballyroan and Tallaght Libraries in South Dublin, dlr LexIcon in Dun Laoghaire and Tralee Library in Co. Kerry with a launch in Ballyroan on Saturday, 8 April at 2pm.

Silent Books tour

Each leg of the exhibition will also include hands-on activities from story time to illustration and writing workshops facilitated by local librarians and writers and illustrators such as Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Debbie Thomas and Tatyana Feeney.

  • When: April – June 2017.
  • Where: Ballyroan Library, Tallaght Library and dlr LexIcon  in South Dublin and Tralee Library in Co. Kerry.
  • Price: Free

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Books, glorious books! That’s what Gobblefunked is all about: sharing some of our favourite books and hearing about some of yours! Postings by Anne and Linda.

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