Aranmore Catholic Primary librarian prefers a book in the hand to technological alternatives


Aranmore Catholic Primary School teach and librarian Julie Gray and students Annina Mubah and Harry Jones.
Aranmore Catholic Primary School teach and librarian Julie Gray and students Annina Mubah and Harry Jones.

TEACHER and librarian of more than 40 years, Julie Gray still opts for physical books over kindles.

“I buy books and the consequence is that I have shelves and shelves of books; I have a few hundred,” she said.

Her passion for the written word has kept her in the Aranmore Catholic Primary School library since 2002, after teaching for 32 years.

“The librarian retired and so I studied for four years to work in the library,” she said.

“I love to read; my favourite author is Daphne du Maurier, but I enjoy a variety of genres.”

Mrs Gray said despite technological advances and the allure of video games and iPads, students still flocked to bookshelves for entertainment.

“A portion is not into reading, but they are still engaged with the books on the shelves; even if they don’t borrow the books, they still go and look at them,” she said.

“Harry Potter is still frequently taken out, especially with the new book that just came out, and (children) still enjoy books by Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl.”

The school last week held its Book Week dress up parade, with students dressed as their favourite characters.