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Spring into Storytime

Spring into Storytime 2020


Even though our library buildings are closed at the moment you can always pay a virtual visit and access all the amazing online library resources available FREE OF CHARGE! One such resource is our Annual Spring into Storytime, which will continue in a digital format, with short podcasts and videos for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

This April, library staff in Kilkenny and around the country are working together to bring storytimes to children and families, to encourage everyone to continue reading and sharing stories.

Our colleagues at Libraries Ireland have agreed a deal with Irish publishers and writers, allowing us to record storytimes and share during this period. This initiative will provide another valuable resource for families alongside the online services already provided.

Spring into Storytime online:

Podcasts and videos of storytimes will available on our library website ( – news) and on our facebook and twitter pages (@kilkennylibrary)  on Mondays and Fridays at 11.30am, and book recommendations for children on Wednesdays at 11.30am, beginning Monday 13th April.

We have been consistently developing a varied and comprehensive collection of children’s materials in digital formats – both eBook and eAudiobook, and these can be accessed through or through Borrowbox App, using your library card. If you are not a member already, you can sign up for membership online through our website, and access these resources immediately.

“Library staff have again gone above and beyond, thinking outside the box to bring digital storytimes to children all over the county,” says County Librarian, Josephine Coyne. “Despite the limitations of the current crisis, it is heart-warming to see the commitment to ensuring Spring into Storytime continues to provide children and families with storytelling experiences.”

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr. Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere commented: “As a father of four young children, I think this is a wonderful initiative using modern technology to bring the magic of storytelling into the homes of children.  As a result, children’s story-time sessions will now be available online thanks to cooperation between local libraries and Irish Publishers.  Well done to all involved in getting this up and running”.   

For further information, contact or phone 056 779 4160

1: Mother Owl's Revenge from Here There And Everywhere by Liz Weir (read by Aisling)

Mother-Owl-s-Revenge---Liz-Weir.mp3 (size 3.3 MB)

 2: Children's Book Recommendations (Ruby, Jamie, Sam, Luke)

Recommendations podcast 1.mp3 (size 2.2 MB)

3: The President's Cat by Peter Donnelly (Read by Karyn)

 The President's Cat podcast

4: The Magic Moment by Niall Breslin (Read by Alicia)

The Magic Moment

5: Children's Recommendations (Aisling and Noah)


Recommendations video

6: The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk (Read by Majella)

The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal podcast

7: What friends are For by Sally Grindley (Read by Mary) 

What are Friends for podcast

8: The Little Black Sheep by Elizabeth Shaw (Read by Laura)

The Little Black Sheep

Children's book recommendations (by Izzy)

Recommendations podcast 8

9: Colm's Lambs by Anna McQuinn (Read by Dorothy)

Colm's Lambs Podcast

10: Take Five by niall Breslin (Read by Alicia)

Take Five storytime video

11: Children's Book recommendations (by Majella)

Book Recommendations video

12: A Garden for Tom by Una Leavy (Read by Laura)

A Garden For Tom podcast

13: Poga The Dragon by Anna Donovan (Read by Mary)

Poga The Dragon

14: Children's Book Recommendations with Karyn

Book review video

15: Where Are You puffling? by Erica McGann & Gerry Daly (Read by Alicia)

Where Are You Puffling?

16: The president's Surprise by peter Donnelly (Read by Majella)

The Presidents Surprise podcast

17: Children's book recommendation with Aisling

Book Recommendation Video

18: My Dog Lively by Patrick Deeley (Read by Dorothy)

Podcast 18

19: The Lonely Giant - Sophie Ambrose (Read by Caitriona)

The Lonely Giant podcast

20: Children's  Book recommendations with Majella

Book recommendations video

21: The Pooka Party - Shone Shirley MacDonald (Read by Aisling)

The Pooka Party

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