Limerick leads the way in innovative new approaches to children's library services.
In 1965 Newsbeat reported from Limerick on the new library services available to children. Limerick County Librarian Daniel Doyle comments on the success of the new library services available to children through schools.
Three years previously, Limerick County Library began a new scheme focusing on children putting 40,000 books into circulation in schools. The Limerick project became a pilot scheme for the rest of the country. Specially trained children's librarians were appointed to implement the scheme with the focus on information literacy. The children are now producing their own books based on what they have been able to learn.
Two librarians, Anne Barry and Josephine McCabe, explain how the system works. The children begin by reading books, before researching a specific topic and then compiling their own books. Anne Barry comments
The most exciting part of their effort is the collection of illustrations, and where they can't find illustrations, they illustrate the books themselves.
Limerick's County Librarian Daniel Doyle is the main man behind the initiative. He talks about the plans one school has plans to do a project on the 1916 Rising to mark its 50th anniversary the following year.
This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 19 May 1965.
'Newsbeat' was a half hour feature programme which ran on television from Monday to Friday from September 1964 to June 1971. Reporting on stories from around the country, 'Newsbeat' covered affairs of the day with contributions from print journalists and RTÉ news staff.