Friday, 2 May 2008

Music and Film collection at the library

In response to popular demand, a music collection was established in Devalera Public Library in Ennis in 2003. This was followed by the film collection in 2006. Both services have since been extended to Shannon and Scariff libraries and will be further extended over the coming year. The music collection contains over 6,000 CDs and covers all genres including classical, blues and jazz, traditional, world, country and popular. Almost 15,000 loans of music CDs were recorded during 2007. The most popular CD borrowed last year was Eyes Open by Snow Patrol, closely followed by Trenchtown Rock by Bob Marley and Wild One by Thin Lizzy. They were joined in the top ten list by The Killers, George Michael, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Sharon Shannon, Michael Rooney and the Bee Gees representing a wide range of musical tastes. The film collection is comprised of approximately 1,500 DVDs. Dr Harvey O’Brien, a native of Kilrush and a lecturer at the Centre for Film Studies at UCD, offered invaluable advice on the setting up of the collection. The collection includes classics like Hitchchcock’s The Birds, foreign films such as Habla Con Ella and comedies such as A Fish called Wanda. 10,000 loans of DVDs from the library were recorded in 2007. Foreign and independent films are proving popular with library members with 4 of the 10 most popular films being in foreign languages. These were Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Mandarin), À Ma Soeur (French/Italian), Sex and Lucia (Spanish) and Diabolique(French). The independently produced film Me and You and Everyone We Know also made the top ten. Traffic, About Schmidt, Gandhi, War of the Worlds and Road to Perdition completed the list. The collection is being added to on a regular basis. So get down to the library to stock up on your entertainment for the weekend!

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