Tuesday, July 26, 2011

‘Summer Completion Programme Camp’ in Ballybane Library

Well known story teller Niall de BĂșrca came to Ballybane Library on Wednesday 13th July to tell stories to the children from the ‘Summer Completion Programme Camp

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ten Top Craft books for The 2011 Year of Craft in Oranmore Library

2011 is the Year of Craft and to celebrate Oranmore Library has added lots of new craft books to their collection. If you think you’d like to learn something new, renew your interest in an old hobby or even sell your wares online we have lots of titles to suit. 

The following titles are some of the new craft books available to borrow now at Oranmore Library:

Cherished by Kim Hargreaves – A collection of patterns from her latest knitwear designs.

Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan- A book full of great instructions for getting the perfect fit from you knitwear.

The Ultimate Book of Baby Knits by Debbie Bliss – A collection of 50 of the most popular designs from the Queen of baby knitwear design.

Amigirumi! Super Happy Cute Crochet by Elisabeth A. Doherty – Lots of cute crochet animals following the Japanese crochet craze.

Crochet Unravelled by Claire Bojczuk- perfect for anyone learning to crochet.

The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin – A great guide for the enterprising crafters looking to sell their work.

Felt Furnishings by Anne Kyyro Quinn – A beautiful book of contemporary designs with great instructions on how to make things from cushion covers to placemats all from felt.

Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy – Ever wondered what to do with those odd socks lurking in the bottom of the drawer? This book has the answers.

Gifts for Kids to Make by Cheryl Owen
The Crafty Kid by Kelly Doust – Two great books full of rainy day activities.

 For information on the 2011 year of craft visit www.craftinireland.com

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Circus Stars in Ballybane Library Launch

The recent Launch of Ballybane Library Summer reading Challenge

Friday, July 15, 2011

Launch of Westside Library Writers’ first book

The Westside Library Writers are launching their first book, Monday Miscellany, on Tuesday 19th July at 5.30 pm in Westside Library as part of the Westside Arts Festival events. The book will be launched by James Harrold, Galway City Arts officer. The Westside Arts Festival Open Mic night will follow at 6.30 pm, hosted by Kevin Higgins. The event is free and all are welcome.

Monday Miscellany is the group’s first published collection. It is a collection of memories, poems and prose pieces. The book will be available for purchase on the night. The writers have previously showcased their work at Open Mic nights during the Westside Arts Festival.

The Westside Library Writers were formed in 2008 as part of the Bealtaine Festival, a festival that celebrates creativity in seniors. The group has expanded and includes all age groups from the local community. The group attend creative writing classes, three times a year, facilitated by Galway poet Kevin Higgins, in Westside Library.

This event is taking place as part of Westside Arts Festival and for more information please contact Cora or Liz in Westside Library on (091) 520616.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mystery in Oranmore Library

Oranmore library recently held a day of mystery for its members. Borrowers were encouraged to borrow a book specially selected by the Library staff. There was a twist however- all the books were wrapped in brown paper so that library members had no idea what they were bringing home with them.

Adults and children alike willingly took the plunge and were pleasantly surprised to find books they may never have chosen by themselves. Many borrowers reported back that they found authors they had never heard of, or tried new genres such as poetry or biographies.

Don’t you love the feeling that you get when a parcel arrives in the post or somebody gives you a specially wrapped p

resent? Everybody was very excited to bring home their unique gift of a book specially selected and wrapped by our librarians in Oranmore.

Along with our mystery check out we also had a Good Reads

Wall. Library members were asked to add a post-it the wall of authors the loved and hated. We had three categories:

Treat; What would you read as a treat?

Challenge: What was your most challenging read?

Bargepole: What wouldn’t you touch with a bargepole?

Everyone loved taking part and our Bargepole Wall in particular generated lots of discussion and controversy.

Watch out for our next mystery day in the library coming soon!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Clifden Library - Write a Book Competition

Seven students of St. Caillin's National School in Aillebrack, took part in the "Write a Book" Competition 2011 Students range from 3rd to 6th Class. All seven books were presented to Clifden Library on Tuesday the 28th June.
The books will be on display in Clifden Library for the summer.

Outside Clifden Library with their Books;
Tadgh O'Neill - Ryans Story, Francesca Mc Donagh - Sweet Pea Valley, Grainne King - The True Story of Goldilocks, Amy Roberts - Amy's Favourite Foods, Eimear Roche - Animal Pourquoi Tales, Oscar Coneys- Max is Lost and Alone, Celia O'Neill - A Long Book of Poems & Short Stories

Saturday, July 02, 2011

“Summer Reading Challenge”

Galway County Libraries are inviting all children to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and discover the joy and pleasure of reading. This year’s theme is “Circus Stars”. Join the “Circus Stars” and get “Reading Stars”.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during July and August in all Branch Libraries and Mobile Library. It is free; all children have to do is go along to their local library and get their reading log card. It is not a race or competition, all you have to do is read and enjoy at least six books. There are selected books to help you make your choice. Reading Certificates and medals will be awarded to all children who reach the target of six books.

The Summer Reading Challenge focuses on the joy and pleasure of reading. Studies by the OECD show that children who read for pleasure are more likely to do better than does who don’t.

Last year over two thousand children were presented with Reading Certificates. The feedback from parents and teachers was very positive. Reading during the summer helps children retain and improve their reading skills. We are asking all parents and families to read with their children supporting and encouraging them.

For further information contact your Local Library or Library Headquarters 091- 562471 or email info@galwaylibrary.ie.