Monday, 22 June 2020

Some recent books & films about racism

ADULT NON-FICTION

The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colourblindness by Michelle Alexander
Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
When they call you a terrorist : a Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Don't touch my hair by Emma Dabiri
How to argue with a racist : history, science, race and reality by Adam Rutherford
It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race
by Mariam Khan

ADULT FICTION

Girl, woman, other by Bernardine Evaristo
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Such a fun age by Kiley Reid

YOUNG ADULT

This book is anti-racist : 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell
The hate u give by Angie Thomas
Monday's not coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

CHILDREN

The undefeated by Kwame Alexander (Picture book)
Colour of people by Mauricio Negro (Picture book)
Islandborn by Junot Díaz (Picture book)
Ghost boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (9-12 year olds)
How high the moon by Karyn Parson (9 – 12 year olds)
Why are people different colours? : big issues for little people around identity and diversity by Emma Waddington

FILMS

If Beale Street could talk
Blackkklansman
Green Book
Get Out
Loving

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Summer Stars is coming!

Enjoy choosing books that you might like and read as many as you wish during school summer holidays at your own pace. Summer Stars is all about Reading for Pleasure. That’s the message from Clare County Library as it announces the annual Summer Reading Programme. Summer Stars gets under way for children on June 15th, with additional online activities for all who sign up.

As we are currently operating a Contact and Collect Service through many of our public library branches, Summer Stars will be managed in the same way. Ask your parent/guardian to phone or email your local library to order your summer reads and you can pick up your collection of 6 books at a designated time at the library door. You will receive a Summer Stars log card to track your reading. We will need to know your age so that we can choose the most suitable books for you. If you would like library staff to include an Irish book or a non-fiction book in your selection we will be happy to include some of our most popular titles.

We are delighted to offer you the option to include e-books and e-audio books downloadable for free from the library website to add to your Summer Stars reading experience. Simply choose Borrowbox from the library’s list of e-Resources on the library website homepage and log in with your library ID/barcode and password/PIN. With the help of your parent/guardian you can download the app. From the 15th of June, there will be a Summer Stars section on Borrowbox which will have a range of children’s e-books and e-audio books with individual collections for children aged 0-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13+.

Remember to keep a lookout for the latest posts on Clare Library’s social media channels as there will be fun learning activities in the coming weeks for you to join as part of Summer Stars 2020. There will be words of encouragement from some of your favourite authors, readings by Clare library staff and a Story Competition – An Unexpected Adventure that will be open to children all over Ireland. Entry details are not available yet but feel free to begin imagining your story right now! There will be great prizes for all the winners and runners up.

So in summary remember to:

  • Borrow your books from branches of Clare County Library and electronically from the Borrowbox App after June 15th.
  • Enjoy reading every single book
  • Log onto our website www.clarelibrary.ie for Summer Stars updates
  • Full details of the Summer Stars programme are also available at www.summerstars.ie
  • Remember to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels for regular Summer Stars postings throughout the summer.
  • List the books you have read on your Summer Stars reading log and remember to return it to your library to receive your Summer Stars Certificate in September.
The Summer Stars Reading Adventure is an element of the Right to Read initiative, which is co-ordinated at national level by the Right to Read Steering Group, chaired by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Right to Read is an annual programme to support literacy and reading development across local authorities and is led locally by the public library service. Key elements of the Right to Read service currently include a network of local partners supporting and co-operating in literacy and reading development activities and a series of annual reading activities including Spring into Storytime, Summer Stars, Children’s Book Festival and Family Time at Your Library.

Clare County Library Contact & Collect service

Clare County Library service have commenced the national phased re-opening of libraries by providing a contact and collect service from Monday, 8th June. Members of the public can contact a number of branches throughout the county to order library items and will then be able to collect from the library at a designated time at the front door of libraries. This service is available for all library members.

Members of the public can also return library items to returns boxes at library front doors.

Non members can join online at www.clarelibrary.ie.

Library staff are observing public health guidelines in the preparation and operation of all current services.

How does it work:

  1. Phone or email your nearest participating branch (listed below) to request books, CDs or DVDs. Let staff know the authors or types of books that you like reading and we will get a collection ready for you. If you are looking for a particular book, check the Library Catalogue to see if it is available. Please note availability of stock may be limited and stock cannot be requested from outside the County.
  2. When your items are available library staff will provide you with a collection date and time. They will pack up your items and leave them aside for 72 hours to quarantine.
  3. Come to the library at your and collect and return your items at pre-arranged time

The following libraries can be contacted to order items:

  • De Valera Library, Ennis 065-6846353 / 065- 6891317 or email devalera@clarelibrary.ie
  • Ennistymon Library 065-7071245 or email ennistymon@clarelibrary.ie
  • Kilkee Library 065-9056034 or email kilkee@clarelibrary.ie
  • Kilrush Library 065-9051504 or email kilrush@clarelibrary.ie
  • Miltown Malbay Library 065-7084822 or email miltown@clarelibrary.ie
  • Scariff Library 061-922893 or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie
  • Shannon Library 061-364266 or email shannon@clarelibrary.ie
  • Sixmilebridge Library 061-369678 or email sixmilebridge@clarelibrary.ie

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Clare County Library Delivery Service for Cocooning Adults

Clare County Library service is delighted to announce the commencement of a new delivery service of library books and other materials for cocooning and housebound adults from Tuesday, 5th May. This service is part of Clare County Council’s #InThisTogether campaign. This campaign encourages everyone to stay connected, stay active and look after your mental health. The library delivery service is one of a range of activities supported by Clare County Council.

Both members and non-members of Clare County Library who are cocooning at present can ring one of five libraries Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00 pm to avail of the service. Non members can also join online at www.clarelibrary.ie.

This free service is available to all cocooning adults throughout the county, through one of the following five libraries:
DeValera Library, Ennis (065-6846353),
Ennistymon Library (065-7071245),
Kilrush Library (065-9051504),
Scariff Library (061-922893),
Shannon Library (061-364266).

Remember all our online resources are also available while libraries are closed. Visit http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/library/services/library_services_closure.htm to see a full list of services available during Covid-19 closure.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Spring Into Storytime April 2020

April in every library service in Ireland sees the Spring Into Storytime programme rolled out through all branch networks. Because of unprecedented changes due to the Coronavirus Covid-19, public service providers including Clare County Library are developing different strategies to stay in touch and interact with our customers and patrons. With regard to Spring Into Storytime, Libraries Ireland (Local Government Management Agency) has issued the following Press Release. Follow Clare County Library's social media channels to find out when storytimes in your area will be uploaded.

April 1st 2020

IRISH LIBRARIES, PUBLISHERS AND WRITERS TEAM UP FOR VIRTUAL LIBRARY STORYTIMES

  • Bring the magic of storytime into your home with online resources from your library
  • ‘Spring Into Storytime’ and celebrate reading great Irish writing for young people
Irish public libraries, publishers and writers have agreed a deal to facilitate online storytime sessions for young people while libraries and schools remain closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. This initiative will provide another valuable resource for families alongside the online services already provided by libraries such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, and access to online learning resources on Askaboutireland.ie and Enfo.ie.

‘Spring into Storytime’ is the name of libraries’ annual celebration of families reading together. This year we want to highlight the incredible work of Irish authors, inviting everyone to #LoveIrishWriting. Library buildings may be closed, but in partnership with Irish writers and publishers, we encourage you to celebrate great Irish writing with our librarians online instead of in your local branch.

Storytime in the library is a special shared time for families and, thanks to the generosity of Irish publishers and writers, this deal will allow librarians to keep storytime alive online for our youngest members. Library storytimes are a fun way for children to enjoy stories, especially those who may not have access to books in the home or do not have access to new books at this time. Irish librarians, writers and publishers are committed to inspiring a love of stories now more than ever and this partnership means children can continue to enjoy the best in Irish children’s books.

How will it work?
Our Irish publisher partners and the Irish Writers Union have kindly agreed to temporarily waive licence fees for the reading of selected books and the posting or streaming of videos online. Librarians will stream storytime sessions or post them online on their social media channels, and these videos will remain online while library buildings are closed. Follow your local library service’s social media channels or Libraries Ireland’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages to find out when storytimes in your area will be uploaded. Visit www.librariesireland.ie for more information.

The Irish publishers who have signed up are:
The O’Brien Press
Mercier Press
Little Island Books
Gill Books
Futa Fata
Leabhar Breac
An Gúm
Cló Iar-Chonnacht
Cois Life
LeabhairCOMHAR

Reacting to the new partnership, Tom Enright, Wexford County Council Chief Executive and Chair of the Libraries Development Committee said:
"I welcome this partnership between public libraries and Irish publishers and writers and I thank them for their generosity in waiving licence fees at this time to facilitate virtual storytimes. Libraries provide so many vital services for Irish families, which are appreciated now more than ever before. Our library staff are eager to serve their communities in whatever way they can. We know this is a challenging time for families and we hope that virtual storytime, as well as all the other online services libraries provide, continue to be of value to all our members, from younger to older."

Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, whose Department has responsibility for public libraries, said:
  "It’s been really heartening to see that people are getting so much benefit from our public library service during this crisis. Online library membership and usage has risen significantly in recent weeks and our service has adapted to meet the new challenges we are now facing.
Today’s announcement will only enhance the offering available online, especially for our younger members. I’m delighted that library storytime is now going virtual and I wish to compliment the librarians for their efforts in producing these videos and bringing joy to so many children during these challenging times.
On behalf of the public library system, I would like to thank the writers and publishers for waiving their fees in order to allow this to happen. This epitomises the civic mindedness which has been so prominent in recent weeks and which will help us all to get through this crisis.
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Ivan O’Brien, Managing Director of The O’Brien Press and board member of Publishing Ireland said:
"Books and stories are more important than ever in these uncertain times. Libraries are a fantastic resource for the whole community, and Ireland’s writers and publishers are delighted to help them to continue to reach the widest possible audience with great Irish stories, both in English and Irish, even when their physical buildings are closed."

Lissa Oliver, Chairperson of the Irish Writers Union said: "Ireland is fortunate in having a wonderful tradition of writing for children and of publishing books that lift young imaginations into fantastic journeys, daring adventures and moving encounters. Such tales are much needed just now. Libraries have always been portals to the vast range of stories from Ireland and around the world and we admire our colleagues and friends in the libraries who at this time are looking to maintain that role through broadcasting their readings online. The Irish Writers Union are proud to be associated with this initiative, which will help entertain children through storytelling while respecting the copyright of the author."

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Library Services available during closure for COVID-19 emergency

In the interest of preventing the further spread of COVID-19, all public libraries in County Clare will remain closed until the 16th April 2020. This includes the Local Studies Centre and Library Headquarters. We thank you all for your understanding. The following services are available to members while we are closed.

Overdue books Don’t worry about overdue library books/CDs etc! We have extended the due date for all items until May 4th and will extend further if necessary. There are no fines on overdue library books anyway.

Outdated memberships All memberships that have expired since January or due to expire by April 30th have been renewed until 30th June so this shouldn’t affect people trying to use the online resources. If your membership expired before January 1st 2020 contact your local library to renew.

New members If you are not a library member, you can join up to use the e-resources even though the library is closed. Click on the JOIN NOW button on the library homepage.

E-resources Our e-resources including e-books, audio books, magazines, online language learning and other courses are still available. You need to join up separately for these services using your library card number. Follow the instructions for each service linked to from the library homepage (See about this service under each resource). All e-resources are free of charge and include:

BorrowBox allows you to borrow either e-audio or e-books any time of day from anywhere. It is available online or as an app you can download to your smartphone or mobile device. All you need is an email address, your library barcode and a PIN number.

RBdigital Magazines offers a large collection of popular e-magazines. You can check out an unlimited number of magazines and keep them in your account for as long as you wish. You can use RBdigital Magazines on your computer or on a tablet/smartphone through the RBdigital mobile app.

Transparent Languages helps you learn more than 100 foreign languages online.

PressReader is an online newsstand with thousands of the world's most popular newspapers and magazines, including Irish titles.

Universal Class offers access to over 400 free online e-learning courses from accounting to writing skills.

If you have trouble accessing online resources such as BorrowBox, check the support details for that service on our website www.clarelibrary.ie. If that doesn't help contact your local library (staff are still there) or send an email to library_mailbox@clarecoco.ie.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Clare County Library's Teen Week/Ennis Book Club Festival gets off to a start.

The library’s Teen Week/Ennis Book Club Festival events got off to an inspirational start at deValera Library, Ennis on the 3rd of March.

Everest summiteer John Burke captivated an attentive audience from St. John Bosco Community College, Kildysart with an account of his amazing journey.

He spoke about how the skills, self-awareness, resilience and confidence to be gained in setting and achieving goals is central to developing a healthy mindset.

John left the group of Transition Year students with amazing stories and images from the highest mountain on Earth and more importantly a message to take one step at a time to reach your personal Everest.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Connections: Stories by Syrian Families in County Clare

Ennistymon Library welcomed Syrian families who have become part of the local community to a special celebration on the 25th of February to mark the publication of their own stories. Connections: Stories by Syrian Families in County Clare is the result of a seven week project shared by children of Ennistymon National School and their parents and siblings which demonstrates the power of storytelling and writing in linking two very diverse cultures.

The initiative had its beginning at a Children’s Book Festival event at Ennistymon Library in October 2018 when the library’s guest author Debbie Thomas brought the joy of exploring iBbY Ireland’s Silent Books Collection to the Syrian children of Scoil Mhainchín National School Ennistymon. The passion for telling stories shown by the children on that occasion was appreciated and recognized as a learning and literacy opportunity that was worthy of further development.


Debbie Thomas, author and project facilitator speaking at the launch of Connections at Ennistymon Library

Under the expert guidance of author Debbie Thomas and illustrator Tatyana Feeney both of whom have successfully published and illustrated children’s books with Irish publishers and with assistance from Poetry Ireland, iBbY Ireland and Creative Ireland a seven week project was initiated and managed by Clare County Library.

To quote workshop facilitator and author Debbie Thomas, the workshop experience “was like dropping in on a lively and loving family. The friendship and laughter among the eleven children, mothers and sisters reflected the strong community born three years ago on their arrival in Ennistymon as part of the United Nations Resettlement Scheme.”

Connections is a compilation of written and illustrated stories in which the authors, children and adults, recall real places and experiences and imagine a bright future in Ireland and in particular in County Clare.


Jane O’Hanlon, Education Officer with Poetry Ireland and President of iBbY Ireland speaking at the launch of Connections at Ennistymon Library

The participants’ stories are enhanced by their own pictures co-ordinated by Tatyana Feeney. Like Debbie, Tatyana brought lots of fun to the project matching artwork to story, all the while engaging in a most convivial way with everyone in the group. The objectives of this latest library initiative in the Right to Read programme was to give space for each parent and child to connect and have fun together as a group as well as improving the participants’ oral literacy and writing in English.


Helen Sheridan, School Principal, Ennistymon National School speaking at the launch of Connections at Ennistymon Library

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Take A Closer Look - National Library Open Day, Saturday 29th February 2020.

On Saturday, February 29th, libraries around the country are taking part in the first ever National Library Open Day.

Our libraries are open most days of course, but on Saturday 29th we are issuing a special invitation to everyone in the country to come in and see everything that’s on offer. Libraries are open community spaces with lots going on for every one of all ages and interests. Library staff will be on hand to show how library membership allows you to borrow from 12 million items; choose from

  • box set option
  • get eBooks
  • audiobooks
  • eMagazines
  • eNewspapers
free and straight to your device, or try free online learning and language classes.

Come along to your local library on National Library Open Day to get a taste of the clubs, classes, exhibitions, activities and more on offer at your library. These are all free events and everyone is welcome. Spread the word!!

Clare County Library's Programme of Events for National Library Day:

DeValera Public Library, Ennis
- Consult the Book Doctor to discover other books you might like!
- Pop-up story time sessions - join in on one of our many pop-up story -times
- E- resources sessions - staff are on hand all day to answer your questions and demonstrate how they operate.

Ennistymon Public Library
- "Leap into the Library" on National Library Open Day. Come along during the day and learn about the full range of services available in your local library.
- E- resources information session from 12pm to 1pm

Sixmilebridge Public Library
- Local History talk with Michael McNamara 11am to 12pm
- Music session 12.00pm to 1.00pm
- Colouring & children's activity sheets available all day

Kilkee Public Library
- Children's Storytime at 10.30am.
- Children's film - Ferdinand - from 11.00am
- Local History Exhibition & meet with Local History Society members - all day

Killaloe Public Library
- Springtime Storytime & Crafts 11 am
- E-resources information session from 10am to 11am

Kilrush Public Library
- Story-time & craft session 11am to 12pm
- Local History Talk on Kilrush 12am to 1pm
- Discover library clubs with its members - members from 2 library book clubs & film clubs will be available throughout the day to discuss their respective groups.

Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay
- E- resources information session from 10am to 11am
- Story-time with Roisin Meaney from 11.30am.

Scariff Public Library
- Talk on Nutrition with Hilary Gleeson - a Healthy Ireland event 11.00am to 12.00pm
- Waterworks art exhibition by Alison Quaid

Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon
E-resources sessions - staff are on hand all day to demonstrate the e-resources available to library members and to answer any questions any questions you may have about them.