Robert Dunbar CBI
Children’s Books Ireland has announce the inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries, named in memory of former patron and long-time friend of the organisation. Open to primary and secondary schools in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Deadline 9 Oct.

Robert Dunbar, a Magherafelt man, was a critic, editor and teacher, a pioneer of the study of children’s literature in Ireland and a true champion for children’s books and their creators. Throughout his career as a secondary school teacher, he was instrumental in the establishment and running of school libraries, and later, as a lecturer in and commentator on children’s literature, he strongly supported schools in the inauguration and maintaining of collections of books which would enhance the lives of their students. After his death, his family suggested that instead of sending flowers, if wished, book tokens could be donated to local schools.

As a way of honouring Robert’s significant contribution to Children's Books Ireland and to children’s literature and reading in Ireland, CBI will make an annual award of four libraries worth €1,500 each to four schools. CBI invites applications from all schools, primary and secondary, in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Two of the four libraries will be awarded to primary schools and two to secondary schools. To apply complete this form.