Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016


Dublin City Council’s Library Service today launched details of the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016. The campaign, which encourages children to read for pleasure, is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press and runs from January to March 2016.

The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray has been chosen as the book for this year’s campaign. It is a story of mystery and adventure, which will appeal to both girls and boys of 9 years and older. There will be author visits to public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign. For more details please go to

An t-Ardmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said: “I encourage children and their parents all across the city to explore the magic and mystery of Dublin through The Book of Learning and to visit their local Dublin City library to find out more about the fun events taking place. Is scéal draíochtach é a bheadh taitneamhach do éinne thar 9 mbliana d’aois”

“I’m delighted The Book of Learning has been chosen for this year’s Citywide Reading campaign, especially since Dublin is so central to the story.” says E.R. Murray.  “I wanted to capture the city’s essence in an adventure story that was both magical and mysterious – so get ready for wildcats, enchanted books, underground lairs, and shark submarines! I can’t wait to meet lots of young readers at events over the next few months – after all, it’s the readers that bring stories to life and make writing so worthwhile.”

The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Library Service and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


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Notes to the Editor:

Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Libraries as well as in good bookshops.

This is the fifth year of the reading initiative.  In previous years books chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign included Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, The Nightmare Club series featuring Annie Graves, The Powers by Kevin Stevens and last year’s book was Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty.

Key Events during the Citywide Reading Campaign

Hodges Figgis Bookstore, Dawson St. Wednesday 20th January 2pm. Join author E.R. Murray for readings from The Book of Learning. Free. All welcome.

National Library of Ireland, Kildare St. Saturday 13th February 2pm. Join author E.R. Murray for readings and illustration workshop followed by a tour of the National Library where key scenes in The Book of Learning are set. Suitable for children age 8-12 years. Free but booking essential

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square Friday 19th February 2-4pm.  Illustration workshop inspired by The Book of Learning which will bring to life places in Dublin featured in The Book of Learning and will explain about the relationship between text and image in illustration. Suitable for children aged 10+ See (select Kids Club) €5  Booking essential at 01 2225564.

Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7 Tuesday 8th March 3.30pm. E.R. Murray will read from her book, The Book of Learning, discuss where ideas and characters come from, as well as take questions on what it's like to be a writer. Admission Free. Suitable for children 8+ Booking essential at 8691414

St. Patrick’s Festival. Big Day Out Merrion Square.  Sunday 20th March 12-5pm Don’t miss our special event in the RSAI building in Merrion Square, which will bring the characters and story of The Book of Learning to life. Featuring magicians, creative writing workshops, live pet rats, author readings and lots more fun, this special adventure will be something to remember. Suitable for ages 6+ More details will be available nearer the time at