Inishowen children help launch ‘Wainfest’

Children launch 'Wainfest' at Buncrana library.
Children launch 'Wainfest' at Buncrana library.

The programme for this year’s ‘Wainfest’ has been launched by children in various libraries across Donegal, including those in Buncrana and Carndonagh.

October is the time of year when Donegal County Council Library Service focus on their young readers through the Wainfest Children’s Arts and Book Festival. The programme for this year’s festival was announced in a series of simultaneous launches across the county.

Children from Ballybofey, Buncrana, Bundoran, Gweedore and Letterkenny were joined by their elected representative at their local library for the unveiling of this year’s programme.

This year, the festival is celebrating a big milestone by turning eighteen.

To celebrate story parties for all the family will be held on Saturday, October 11th at 11am in the Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Letterkenny and Milford libraries. The party will consist of a storytelling session, games and craft activities based on the European Folktale of Hansel & Gretel. And it wouldn’t be a party without a few treats in a bag.

For the schools, this year’s programme has an emphasis on borrowing books with book borrowing sessions being held throughout the festival. The promotion of reading and reading development plays an important role in the library service.

Therefore, all the teachers and parents, as well as all children, are encouraged not only to avail of the wonderful events during Wainfest but to avail of the array of books available to borrow for free.

Also there is the opportunity to win a €50 book voucher by entering the photo competition on the theme ‘Get caught reading’. All you have to do is e-mail your entry to and the finalists will be posted on the library facebook page.

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Wainfest will run for eight days from Saturday, 11th October to Saturday, 18th of October in libraries, Taobh Tíre centres, the Regional Cultural Centre and the County Museum. Events promise to provide an abundance of fun and creativity with authors, artists, scientists and illustrators who promise to spark the imagination of children across the County. Europe Direct events throughout the programme aim to highlight European issues by providing fun interactive performances of some of the Ireland’s leading performers in history, storytelling and music. The programme of events can be viewed on or pick up a brochure at your local library. All events are free of charge.