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