Monday, 12 November 2018

Science Week 2018 at Clare County Library

Science Week 2018 is taking place nationwide from November 11th to 18th with numerous events happening across the country. Scariff, Ennis and Shannon libraries are getting involved this November and will host shows for children in primary schools.

Two shows will take place in Scariff Library on the 13th of November beginning at 10 and 11.30am. Sue McGrath otherwise known as Scientific Sue will present Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers Show exploring some of the amazing scientific discoveries and engineering feats endeavoured by Irish scientists over a period of 350 years. Children will have their curiosity stirred on Sue’s historic scientific journey and will also be encouraged to think like scientists. The show provides an opportunity to study many science concepts such as flight, the fire triangle, electricity, acid / base (alkali) reactions, neutralisation, the properties of solids, liquid and gases, periodic table, forces, pressure and energy changes whilst also providing fun ways for everyone to engage in processes such as observation, experimentation, investigation, discovery and generation of questions. Designing (probably) the best drinking chocolate in the world, creating a cloud in a bottle, colour changing vegetables, ice cream in a baggie and sending rockets sky high are just a few of the demonstrations that will be used to fire the spirit of discovery within and create lots of excitement.

Which gases are explosive and which gas helps to put out fires? Why do we call purple cabbages red? Why do we need to push the bicycle to help young ones learn to ride? Can we make marshmallows grow? Who was the first person to walk on the moon?

With the help of lots of young volunteers Scientific Sue will attempt to answer these questions and many, many more. Come and join her at Scariff Library on her latest journey of scientific discovery and find out about the amazing science and engineering which is linked to Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers. On November the 15th deValera Library Ennis will host the Science Magic Show at 10.30am with the same event taking place later in the day in Shannon Public Library at 1.15pm.

Coming to County Clare compliments of W5, the award winning Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Science Magic Show will look at the science behind a series of magic-like tricks. Expect a new approach to everyday household objects, some cooking ingredients and perhaps even a chicken (!), to help children from nearby schools decide if the tricks are scientific or just simply magic. Only you the audience can decide.

Clare County Library is delighted to be associated with Science Foundation Ireland’s work in promoting the potential that science and discovery offers in today’s world and in the future.

Clare County Library actively supports Explore, Play, Learn.

Explore, Play, Learn, an interactive play based showcase for parents and their children, guided by Aistear, the National Curriculum Framework for children 0-6 years old ran over 2 Saturdays in September and October 2018. The event coordinated by the Clare Children and Young People’s Services Committee CYPSC in partnership with the Clare County Childcare Committee and Clare County Library Service as part of Tusla Public Awareness Week 2018 and was designed to promote parent participation in their children’s learning and development.

Parents and their children from across the county were invited to attend a play date with a difference. Four interactive play spaces were available, each resourced with play materials linked to an Aistear theme: communication, exploring and thinking, identity, belonging and well-being.

Clare County Library was delighted to be associated with this event. Staff members Tara Considine and Samantha Morrissey promoted the Toys and Sensory Resources Collection housed at Shannon Library and available to borrowers anywhere in the county at both events. A collection of carefully chosen picture books to support the Aistear programme was also available for parents to explore and both Tara and Samantha demonstrated how best parents can engage with very young children through stories.

Clare County Library’s collaboration with the other participating agencies involved in Explore, Play, Learn is in keeping with the Right to Read Campaign, one of the many aims of which is to invigorate existing relationships and strengthen the partnership approach in delivering literacy support. Over 200 parents and children participated in Explore, Play, Learn. To get a flavour of this memorable event click on the video link

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Decade of Centenaries Lecture Series

Clare County Library are holding a series of historical lectures during November to commemorate the Decade of Centenaries. The lecture themes cover the end of World War One and Women in 1918. Talks will take place throughout the county, are free of charge and all are welcome to attend. As we approach the centenary of the World War One Armistice on 11 November, three eminent local historians will speak about the Great War. The series begins with Joe Ó Muircheartaigh who will speak in DeValera Public Library in Ennis on Tuesday, 6 November in a talk entitled 'We Here Who Are About to Die: a lecture on the Great War'. Dr Joe Power will speak in Kilrush Public Library on Wednesday, 7 November on 'The Great War and Clare', Dr Power will also repeat this talk in Ennistymon Library on Friday, 16 November. Ger Browne will speak in Sixmilebridge Library on 'Sixmilebridge in the Great War' on Thursday, 8 November. Talks on Women in 1918 will take place in Killaloe Library on Friday, 8 November when Lucille Ellis, author of 'Women of Clare' will speak on 'Some Clare Women in 1918 Ireland' while our series of lectures ends on Tuesday, 20 November with a talk in Shannon Library with Mary Clancy of NUIG speaking on 'Women and the Vote in 1918'. All talks begin at 6.30pm. Contact the library for further information on 065 6899082 or

Monday, 5 November 2018

An Post’s Unveils National Campaign #ReadersWanted

To support its sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards, An Post has unveiled #ReadersWanted, a national campaign which celebrates the value and joy of reading and encourages everyone to pick up more books, more often. An Post wants to remind people of the power of reading to challenge and alter people’s thinking, to bring parents and children together, to break down social barriers and to entertain. As part of its three-year sponsorship of the awards, An Post also wants to encourage more people of all ages to buy more books at their local book shop and post them as gifts. The campaign runs across a breadth of channels including 48-sheet and 6-sheet outdoor sites, bus shelters, online, video and social media.

#ReadersWanted campaign is now live across Ireland. You can follow it on
Twitter: @Postvox
Instagram: @anpostofficial

Irish Book Awards 2018

The shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018 features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across sixteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and the new ‘Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book Of The Year’ category.

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise the very best of Irish writing talent.

2018 marks the first year of An Post’s sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards. To support their sponsorship, An Post has unveiled #ReadersWanted, a national campaign that celebrates the value and joy of reading and encourages everyone to pick up more books, more often.

The public are now being asked to cast their votes online for the best books of the year on the An Post Irish Book Awards website Votes may be cast until Friday 23 November, and the winners will be announced at the gala ceremony in on Tuesday, 27th November. This year, the An Post Irish Book Awards will be presented by Keelin Shanley and a one hour highlight television programme will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Thursday 29 November at 10.45pm.