20 Years of Harry Potter

WP_20170616_16_18_55_ProThis Saturday the 24th of June, celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop !At 11 am, join us for a special Witches & Wizards Story Time.Then at 2 pm, get ready for an afternoon of Wizarding Fun including:13879291_10154446753897853_8131437351349521154_n- Readings from 'Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone'- Sorting Hat Ceremony- Create your Hogwarts Student Profile- House Relic Hunt- Magical treats... and more !Please leave your broomstick at the door and keep your wands at the ready !As always, everyone is welcome to attend ! For more information, simply contact us.

Celebrating Baboró 2016

Baboró at charlie'sWe're so excited for Baboró International Arts Festival for children! This year's program is packed full of all sorts of theater, literary and film based fun! Charlie Byrne's will be taking part in the festivities this Saturday the 22nd of October when we will be hosting a Storytime Extravaganza, as well as an immersive show from Moonfish Theatre Company!Join us at 11am this Saturday for a Storytime Extravaganza! This Saturday's storytime will be even bigger than usual and will take place just outside our children's section in the mall of The Cornstore! Don't worry if you have trouble finding us, simply follow the Baboró Birdies from our children's section to find your way, or ask a member of staff. There will be plenty of snacks and stories with our children's section manager Ruth, so make sure you don't miss this free family event suitable for all ages!Charlie Byrne's will also be playing host to Moonfish Theatre's immersive show Memory Paths suitable for children aged 8+. Discover the hidden lives of four young people who took part in a historic moment of Irish history. Memory Paths / Bóithríní na Smaointe is a secret, magical experience for two people at a time.  Using audio soundscapes and lovingly created books and ephemera, it invites you to explore the world of each character, guiding you on an evocative journey through time.Make sure you join us in store on Saturday the 22nd of October from 11am for a free family fun day!For more information on this event, simply contact us. For more information on Moonfish Theatre, see their website here.For more information on events during Baboró see their website here.

Teddy Bear's Picnic Storytime!

teddy bear's picnicIf you go down to Charlie Byrne's today you're sure of a big surprise...Join us for one of our very special Teddy Bear's Picnic Storytime sessions to say goodbye to the summer and celebrate the exciting school year ahead! Storytime will take place as usual at 11am  this Saturday the 3rd of September in our children's section, but make sure you bring your favourite teddy bear for some beary exciting fun!This free family event is suitable for all ages with fantastic stories and tasty treats provided!For more information simply contact us.

Harry Potter Celebrations!

harry potterI solemnly swear that I am up to no good...It's that time of year again! To celebrate the release of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child we will be having a very special Harry Potter Day this Saturday the 30th of July!As we are unable to host a midnight opening to launch The Cursed Child, we will be hosting some pre-launch celebrations. Make sure you join us at 4pm on Saturday the 30th of July for all sorts of Harry Potter related fun! We will have a fantastic Harry Potter display where you can pick up your very own Hogwarts acceptance letter, sample some Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans and some Chocolate Frogs - not to mention the books themselves! At 4pm our resident Harry Potter fanatic Ruth will give a reading from the very first Harry Potter book to refresh all our memories and there will be a brief sorting ceremony for anyone venturing off to Hogwarts for the first time. Fancy Dress is optional, but there will be prizes for the most creative costumes! All ages are welcome and muggles will be tolerated!Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be available to buy from Monday the 1st of August at Charlie Byrne's for €21.99.For more information on this event, or to reserve a copy of The Cursed Child, simply contact us.**Please remember we have limited capacity in our children's section to avoid disappointment**

Where's Wally Colouring Challenge!!

WallyWhere's Wally, the popular children’s book character in a red-and-white bobble hat, striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is once again travelling the country, including a visit to Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway! Join us tomorrow Saturday June 25th at 11am in our children's section for a very special Where's Wally themed story time! As well as our usual story time fun, we'll be having a fantastic colouring challenge with the chance to win some super cool stickers - and if that's not enough all of our Wally books will be buy one get one free!!This Saturday, Wally fans will be able to bring busy scenes to life by colouring in a giant Where’s Wally? Colouring Challenge wall where kids, parents and Wally fans of all ages can grab pens and pencils and join in the amazing colouring adventure. Those who enter can win eye-boggling stickers and activity sheets.Wally is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the globe in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Wally? books have held a favourite spot on bookstore shelves the world over and have sold over 65 million copies worldwide in 31 countries. Wally has reached celebrity status: he has been referenced in the primetime American TV shows Frasier, The Simpsons and Friends; he appeared on the 1000th anniversary cover of Rolling Stone magazine as a cultural icon of the last 40 years; he has even been found on Google Earth!Martin Handford spent much of his childhood drawing and his earliest influences were cinema epics and playing with toy soldiers. At art college he continued to draw what he calls “busy and militarily correct battle scenes” which led to his job as a freelance illustrator specialising in drawing crowd scenes for numerous clients. Each picture takes Martin months to draw. “As I work my way through a picture, I add Wally when I come to what I feel is a good place to hide him,” he explains.In celebration of Wally’s longevity and popularity, Walker Books is teaming up with the Booksellers Association’s Independent Bookshop Week and Books Are campaign and independent bookshops across the country, including Charlie Byrne's, to have fun and encourage people to visit independent bookshops. There is no charge to participate, and if you miss our 11 o'clock story time there'll still be a chance to grab your colouring sheet throughout the rest of Saturday, just look for our very own Wally/children's section manager Ruth wandering around our shop!For more information on our Where's Wally Colouring Challenge, simply contact us.