W5, Northern Ireland’s Science and Discovery Centre, and Libraries NI teamed up to bring W5’s specially commissioned book ‘The Dragon from the Lagan goes to W5’ to all 96 libraries across the province.
The collaboration is part of a programme designed by W5 and Sure Start to encourage a wider demographic of young children to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.
Over 100 local school children visited Lisnaskea and Enniskillen libraries to participate in science-focused workshops, facilitated by Libraries NI staff and W5’s Science Communicator in Residence, Emer Maguire.
Wendy Langham, Head of Social Affairs at Odyssey Trust, said:
“As W5 embarks in a major £4.5m investment we are looking at new and creative ways to support wider public engagement in STEM. We developed this programme to bring imaginative science-based learning to a broader pool of young people. The book, by author illustrator Blair Bailie, is really popular and it is great that it is now available to children throughout NI.”
Mandy Bryson, Libraries NI Assistant Director, said;
“Libraries NI is delighted to be working with W5 to bring this mythical story to the network of public libraries across Northern Ireland. I would like to thank W5 for their very generous donation of the book. A copy is available in all public and mobile libraries and I would encourage everyone to call into their local library to borrow a copy for free.
“It is great to work with W5 to fire the spirit of discovery amongst the children. The children taking part in the workshops in Lisnaskea and Enniskillen libraries had a lot of fun learning about the dragon on his adventure to W5.”
The Dragon from the Lagan is available to access in public libraries across Northern Ireland. The book can also be purchased at the W5 shop and the Bobbin Coffee Shop in Belfast. For every book purchased, a book will be donated by W5 to a Sure Start project.