READ The Powers - citywide reading promotion for children

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TRead the Powers launchhis Spring children in Dublin and beyond are encouraged to READ The Powers – a fun story about superheroes and pirates that will appeal to boys and girls aged 8 and upwards.

Left: The Lord Mayor, Councillor Oisín Quinn, with some superheroes and pirates at the launch of the reading initiative at the Mansion House, 16th January. (click to view larger image)

The Citywide Reading project for children is organised by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in conjunction with Little Island Publisher and runs from January to March 2014. The campaign encourages children to read for pleasure.

Book cover: The Powers by Kevin StevensThe Powers: The Not-so-super Superheroes is written by Kevin Stevens with superb illustrations by Sheena Dempsey. It tells the story of a family of hapless superheroes, the Powers, who cause chaos wherever they go. The book is available to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries and to buy in bookshops. The aim of the initiative is to encourage as many children as possible to read the book during the 3 month campaign and to engage with the story.

Children will get the chance to meet the author and illustrator at events in their local library and hear how The Powers was created. There will also be storyteller visits to schools and libraries.

There will be an open event in Cabra Library on Tuesday 25th February at 3.45pm, admission free, suitable for children aged 7-11 years. All are welcome and booking is recommended by emailing: or tel: 01 8691414.

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