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Tips and advice

The Libraries Ireland website contains some great downloads to help parents and caregivers encourage children to read. Click here to see what's available.


Reluctant readers

Not everyone is a book worm, but studies show that regular reading for pleasure at a young age leads to a happier, more fulfilling future. We offer a range of free online courses to help build children’s confidence and children’s reading skills through Universal Class.

We also provide resources such as Comics and Online Magazines for free using your library card and PIN to access a wide range of reading material, that may better suit their tastes.

Here’s a few links that may help to encourage little ones in your life get into the reading habit.

Advice from Barrington Stoke

Supporting childrens reading


Dyslexia support

Donegal County Library Service offer a range of titles aimed at encouraging children with dyslexia to read more. We have a wide range of Barrington Stoke books, which have dyslexia friendly pages, fonts and colouring. Click on this link to select and reserve a Barrington Stoke title that interests your child.

Many of our libraries have a range of audiobooks which you can pick up in branch or search or e-lending facilities to download child friendly eAudiobooks.

For more help and support visit the Dyslexia Association of Ireland website.


Read DL

Read DL is a county wide community reading initiative which aims to get the whole community reading the same book and generate debate. It runs annually each Spring and schools, community groups and families are encouraged to get involved. www.readdonegal.com



Wainfest is out annual Arts and Book Festival dedicated to children where they get the opportunity to meet authors and immerse themselves in arts and culture. They'll be too engrossed to notice they're learning. www.wainfest.ie


Teachers Resources

Teachers and childcare providers can avail of larger loans for a longer period (40 books for 84 days) to facilitate a group learning environment. To avail of this, please bring a letter from the school to your local branch and complete a short application form.

We now offer class sets of reading material to schools. This is perfect for spicing up your group reading material. Each set can be borrowed for up to 84 days, using your teachers card. Download the full list and enquire at your local library.


Night Night North West

Night Night North West is a series of half-hour radio broadcasts of bedtime stories on Highland Radio, which were aired in the Spring of 2018.

The programmes were recorded at library venues around the county, featuring various readers reading to pupils from local schools.

The first and final broadcast in the series featured Laureate an nÓg PJ Lynch reading tales by Oscar Wilde to local primary school pupils in Central Library Letterkenny.

The series was designed to educate and inform but in a soft and informal way, where those present and those listening will get to experience and learn about Irish literature. Speaking about the project, Real Films Director, Alison Toomey said ‘Night Night North West is a bedtime story format which aims to use the power of oral tradition and the depth and strength of our literature, to explore themes of Irish culture, heritage and experience with the young people of Donegal. In doing so we will encourage, reading, literacy, debating and the process involved in creative thought.’

Click on the listen back links below to listen to a bedtime story suitable for all ages. 

Schedule of broadcasts:





Title of Book 

Listen back


 Central Library Letterkenny

 Scoil Colmcille

 PJ Lynch

 The Selfish Giant

Programme 1


 Bundoran Community Library

 St McCartan's NS        

 Alison Toomey

 The Bee-Man of Orn

Programme 2


 Twin Towns Community Library

 St Mary's  NS

 Marion Rose McFadden 

 The Sunbeam Path & the Dolmen Arches

Programme 3


 Milford Community Library

 Scoil Mhuire

 Eoin McNeill

 Did You See My Celebration?

Programme 4 


 Carndonagh Community Library

 Scoil Mhuire Gleneely

 Alison Toomey

 Sinead the Dancer, Ribbit-Ribbit & No Shoes for Tom!

Programme 5


 Buncrana Community Library

 Scoil Íosagáin

 Alison Toomey

 Molly's Secret World

Programme 6


 Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair

 SN Gort an Choirce  

 Bernie Ní Dhuibhirb


Programme 7


 Cross Border Mobile Library, Newtowncunningham

 Moyle NS

 Alison Toomey

Amy's Wonderful Nest & The Little Black Sheep 

Programme 8


 Central Library Letterkenny

 Scoil Mhuire gan Smál   

 PJ Lynch

 The Happy Prince

Programme 9