Monday 21 December 2020

An Post Irish Book of the Year 2020 winner – the Clare connection

The AN POST Irish Book of the Year for 2020 has been awarded to Doireann Ní Ghríofa for her book A Ghost in the Throat. The book was also named as the Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2020 and the Hodges Figgis Irish Book of the Year.

The book, a combination of essay and autobiographical fiction, is the acclaimed bilingual poet’s prose debut. It has received widespread praise for its use of language and original approach as it weaves two stories together: the narrator’s own relationship with pregnancy and motherhood and the life of 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill.

Doireann was born in Galway, grew up in Clare and now lives in Cork. A former Gaelcholáiste an Chláir student, she still has family in Kilnamona and Doolin and says that much of her writing is inspired by and based in Clare. She beat off competition from winners in 13 other categories for the top prize, which was chosen from an online public vote.

The category award winners are:
Old Ireland in Colour by John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley
Break the Mould by Sinéad Burke
Cnámh by Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde
Neven Maguire’s Midweek Meals in Minutes by Neven Maguire
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
The Great Irish Farm Book by Darragh McCullough
Home Stretch by Graham Norton
After the Silence by Louise O’Neill
Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science by Luke O’Neill
Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan
A Light That Never Goes Out by Keelin Shanley
Savage Her Reply by Deirdre Sullivan
Champagne Football by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Clare County Library announces December activities

Clare County Library has announced an enhanced range of activities during December to facilitate access to Library services and to celebrate the festive season.

Best Books of 2020
Looking for gift ideas? Or something to read yourself over the Christmas holidays? Library staff have been busy doing the work for you. Staff have read, reviewed and recommended books published in 2020, including Irish-published and international fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. You can now order your library books online and there is also a range of e-books and e-audiobooks to choose from. Check out ‘Best Books of 2020’ on the Clare County Library website. Every Christmas Eve, Icelandic people practise a tradition called ‘Jolabokaflod’, which translates as ‘Christmas book flood’. Jolabokaflod involves the giving of books as presents, so that friends and family can curl up with a good story on cosy nights in. We have exported and imported many Christmas traditions over the years, and this is one that librarians would recommend: the Icelandic Jolabokaflod.

Family time at your library with over 10 online events
Clare County Library is offering a range of family events in December to promote the importance of reading at home. This programme of events is provided by children’s writers, local artists and library staff. Activities include storytime with author Mary Murphy, art workshops for schools with Natasha Mac a Bháird and Audrey Dowling, and crafts with library staff. A popular offering is library staff’s ‘Favourite Childhood Books’, where library staff pick their favourite childhood reads. There is something here for everyone from the very, very young to the young at heart.

New Library software available
Clare County Library is delighted to announce the roll-out of two pieces of software for library patrons.
The Library has developed an app to enhance your visit to the library. You will soon be able to check in and check out your own books in our Wi-Fi-enabled libraries (De Valera Library, Ennis, Shannon, Kilrush, Scariff, Sixmilebridge, Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay). You will also be able to check your own account, update your loans, search the catalogue, reserve books and e-resources. The Clare County Library app is free and available on the App Store and the Google Store. Why not download the new Clare County Library app before your next visit to the library?
Clare County Library has received Dormant Account Funding grant aid to provide literacy software to Clare schools. Library staff have contacted over 100 primary schools in the county in the past number of weeks to offer Touch-type, Read and Spell (TTRS) licences to students. So far, Clare schools have requested 365 licences for their students. Library staff have also contacted adult education providers and a number of licences will be issued for adults engaged in learning this month. Library staff are also providing training for teachers and administrators on how to use the software.

Online book clubs
Clare County Library has supported a number of book clubs in many of the libraries. The Library has also provided book club sets to book clubs. Over the past number of months, a number of branches have been offering online book clubs. Again, it gives the opportunity for people to ‘meet’ and link up with other book lovers.
One exciting upcoming book club event is with Scariff Library. The group there will be reading Charlotte by Helen Moffett in a new online book club on Tuesday, 15th December, at 11:00am. Helen Moffett, the author, will also be making an appearance on the day. Check out for further information on the author. It is a real treat of a book, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It is also available on Borrowbox as an e-book or e-audiobook. Scariff Library, similar to our other branches, is now open for those preferring a library visit in order to browse and select for yourself, if you prefer.
For further information or to book the event, contact Scariff Library on 061-922893 or email

For more information on all Clare County Library services, visit

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Irish Book Awards 2020

The winners of the 2020 An Post Irish Book Awards will be announced in a virtual ceremony on November 25th at 7.30pm hosted by Evelyn O’Rourke on The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.

Winners will be chosen across 16 different categories. The shortlist features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers; 2020 nominees include Keelin Shanley, Graham Norton, Marian Keyes, Steve Cavanagh, Roz Purcell, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Rob Kearney, Mary McAleese, Bernard Brogan, Catherine Ryan Howard, Seán O’Brien, Liz Nugent, Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, Louise O’Neill, Ray D’Arcy, Maggie O’Farrell, Naoise Dolan, Neven Maguire, Emily Hourican, Roddy Doyle, Niamh Campbell, Luke O’Neill, Dara Ó Briain and many more.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25th November and a TV special will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Thursday, 10th December. This TV show will focus on the top overall category winners, and culminate in one of these titles being announced as the An Post Irish Book of the Year for 2020. See for the shortlist.

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Decade of Centenaries History Week 2020

Clare County Library will host a Decade of Centenaries History Week from the 19th to the 23rd of October based on the War of Independence in Clare. All events will be online due to Covid restrictions. The programme includes lectures from historians such as Dr Joe Power and Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, a talk by Pat Shannon on Peadar Clancy and Rita McCarthy has contributed a podcast about social life in Clare in 1920. Mike Hanrahan continues his Clare: Songs of Independence project with three online performances of songs connected to the period. John Rattigan, Curator of Clare Museum, will describe some of War of Independence artefacts held in Clare Museum.

An online exhibition on The Banner in Turmoil: County Clare and the War of Independence will be launched, a physical version of this exhibition will tour library branches when Covid restrictions allow. Participants are invited to partake in an online guided Zoom tour of a National Library photographic exhibition From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence. A reading from Dermott Petty’s new Clare play Two Days in September based on the events around Rineen will also be available.

All online content is available through, our social media and YouTube channels. The initiative is supported by the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023 of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Shortlist announced for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Milkman by Irish author Anna Burns is among the 10 novels shortlisted for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award.

The award of €100,000 is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The 10 novels on the shortlist were chosen from 156 books nominated by libraries around the world. The winner will be announced on Thursday 22nd October during the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin) reimagined 2020 festival.

The shortlisted titles are:
1. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (British)
2. Milkman by Anna Burns (Irish)
3. Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (Iranian-French). Translated from the French by Tina Kover.
4. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canadian)
5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (American)
6. History of Violence by Édouard Louis (French). Translated from the French by Lorin Stein.
7. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (American)
8. There There by Tommy Orange (Native American)
9. All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (Indian)
10. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Polish). Translated by from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

Belfast-born author Burns won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for this novel of a teenage girl growing up in a politically divided and unnamed city, which we can assume is the author’s hometown. In a city where to be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous, she attracts the attention of a senior paramilitary figure, the milkman. Burns explores the experience of a young woman trying to negotiate her way in a society beset by political and patriarchal oppression.

Thursday 27 August 2020

Kildysart Library Covid-19 update: contact and collect service to commence in September

Clare County Library Service has overseen the planned re-opening of most library service points since June and had planned to re-open the part-time library in Kildysart in September. However, as part of the Government’s Covid-19 response plan for the safe re-opening of schools and The Roadmap for the Full Return to School, Clare County Library Service was approached by St John Bosco Community School with a request to cede the library space in Kildysart to the school as a classroom for the coming year. A number of options were looked at in an effort to support a library service from the classroom, but due to the highly infectious nature of Covid-19 transmission, it is not possible to use the space in a dual-function capacity.

Clare County Library Service will instead provide a contact and collect service from outside Kildysart Library, commencing at 2:00pm on Friday, 11th September, 2020. Members of the public can contact Kilkee Library on 065-9056034 or email to order library items and will then be able to collect them from the library van, which will be situated outside Kildysart Library between 2:00pm and 4:00pm each Friday. Members of the public also have the option of the cocooning book delivery service for those who are unable to leave home, which similarly can be booked through Kilkee Library. This service is available for all library members, including teens and children. Members of the public can also return library items to the library van.

Other library services continue to be available such as online e-resources including books, newspapers, magazines, language and other training courses, as well as children’s resources including story time and craft sessions online.

Helen Walsh, Clare County Librarian, said: “It is unfortunate that we are unable to re-open Kildysart Library in September. This is another example of how new requirements due to Covid-19 are impacting on our ability to deliver services. We have had to react in innovative ways and we will provide a contact and collect service to the community in the interim while also exploring other options of library provision in Kildysart in the longer term. We appreciate how valued the library service is to the community.”

Non-members can join the library online at

Monday 22 June 2020

Some recent books & films about racism


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


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


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


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


If Beale Street could talk
Green Book
Get Out

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 for Summer Stars updates
  • Full details of the Summer Stars programme are also available at
  • 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

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
  • Ennistymon Library 065-7071245 or email
  • Kilkee Library 065-9056034 or email
  • Kilrush Library 065-9051504 or email
  • Miltown Malbay Library 065-7084822 or email
  • Scariff Library 061-922893 or email
  • Shannon Library 061-364266 or email
  • Sixmilebridge Library 061-369678 or email

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

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 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


  • 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 and

‘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 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

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.

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 If that doesn't help contact your local library (staff are still there) or send an email to

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.