Over the month of March and into the beginning of April 2018, the staff and pupils of Glenveagh Special School based in Belfast were proud to host the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities. As the exhibition took place in the school, it was co-ordinated with other exciting events which kicked off to great fanfare.
After the BIG PICTURE event, the pupils of the school had another important activity coming up, namely the launch of their very own special needs book called INNER PEACE, A Coping Companion in Times of Stress.
The book was to be launched in the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast at a Fighting Words Belfast seminar, once again in the presence of the IBBY collection which had pride of place at the venue.
The pupils had worked so hard to create this book in the hope that it will be included in the IBBY Collection at some point in the future! They had such a great time signing their book and telling everyone at the conference about the IBBY Collection and their own book and how it had a place at the venue. As the launch was coming to an end, it was announced that Northern Ireland Libraries would be happy to purchase the book for all its branches. What an achievement for all the pupils who were involved! You can find out more about INNER PEACE in this short video.
After this event, the collection then moved to Finaghy Road Library where Pat Ryan generously provided a storytelling session. Pat did a marvellous job and ended the session with a look at all the books with the pupils.