In November 2018 Lucy and Annie headed to Carlow to address librarians from across Ireland about the value of asking philosophical questions as a way of extending the experience of reading, engaging avid and reluctant readers alike in higher order questioning.
This talk was based on our wonderful collaboration with Galway county libraries for Children’s book month. We worked with four national schools in Tuam to find philosophical questions in chapbooks and picture books as well as philosophical thinking activities that prompted us to imagine what it would be like to meet our favourite book character or author and the possibilities open to clever baddies and strong goodies.
After our presentation, we gave a taster session to fifteen adventurous librarians willing to try out the Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CPI) approach. Together we read Emily Hugh’s ‘Wild’ (Flying Eye Books, 2016) and inquired into the question: ‘Should we bd true to ourselves?’