Friday, June 29, 2012

Galway Public Libraries “Summer Reading Challenge”

Research shows that reading for pleasure is central for children’s life chances.
Galway County Libraries are inviting all children to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and discover the joy and pleasure of reading.
The theme this year is “Story Lab”, a celebration of story and imagination. The library is a “laboratory” of stories waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during July and August in all Branch Libraries and Mobile Library. It is free and 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 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 well than those who don’t.
           Last year over two thousand certificates were presented to children throughout Galway City and County. 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 teachers to support and encourage children to participate in “Story Lab.
For further information contact your Local Library or Library Headquarters 091- 562471 or email

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Zurkhaneh Group perform in Ballybane library.

These are images of the Iranian Zurkhaneh group who performed recently in Ballybane library.
Zurkhaneh in Persian/Kurdish is a traditional gymnasium and the national Iranian sport of Varzesh-e-Pahlavani is practiced in the Zurkhaneh.

The exercises consist of team sports that combine tests of physical strength and flexibility, specific rituals and respect for traditional moral and ethical rules.
The group performed in Ballybane library courtesy of the  organization “Sport against Racism Ireland”(S.A.R.I.)  This organization supports and promotes social inclusion and positive integration through sport.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Eyrecourt Library celebrates 10 years

Eyrecourt Library celebrates 10 years on next Wednesday June 20th.

I would like to invite you to an informal get-together in the library at 8.00pm on that evening.
We will have some refreshments and some people will read their favourite pieces from the books on our shelves.

We would love you to join us for some mid-summer festivities in our small but beautiful Eyrecourt library.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bealtaine Festival in Ballinasloe Library

The Riversiders Art and Craft Groups exhibition had the theme:'What kind of old do you want to be?'.This group meet weekly to explore their artistic skills and develop new ones in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
This is an important social gathering for the members where friendships are formed and links to the community are developed.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Contempo Quartet in Tuam Library

The Contempo quartet concert which was held in Tuam library on Thursday 7th June