Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Loughrea Library marks 10 years

Readers have taken home 366, 856 books from the Public Library in Loughrea since the facility opened in 2001. In the same period over 300,000 visitors have come through its doors.
The library usage figures were revealed on Thursday last, January 13th, when the Mayor of the County of Galway, Councillor Jimmy McClearn, visited the Loughrea Library to celebrate 10 years of library service from the refurbished Church building.

The Loughrea Librarian, Ann Callanan, who has led the library project from the beginning and under whose stewardship 366, 856 have been issued and returned since 2001, said the library has thousands of regular users whom she and her colleagues would like to thank for their support.
“But we must always look to the future, she said, and we always encourage new users. I would like all Loughrea residents or those working in the area to visit us and see the wide range of services we offer."

The Mayor, Councillor Jimmy McClearn thanked library staff members Sheila Reilly and Gretal Sullivan for their work and said that through their efforts the library was a cultural space, a place of education, a special place for children and a social space.
At the conclusion of the event, the County librarian thanked former staff members Elizabeth Keane, who now works in the Westside Library and Mary Cullinane, who is now retired.

The photograph details are: Seated is Anne Marie Callanan, Loughrea Librarian with the Mayor of the County of Galway, Councillor Jimmy McClearn. Standing, left to right are: Sheila Reilly, Library staff, Gretal Sullivan, Library staff, Maureen Moran, Senior Executive Librarian, Phil Bean Uí Chuimín, Canon Trevor Sullivan, Pat McMahon, County Librarian, Justin Mitchell and Claire Besnoye.

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