Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Reading Challenge continues in Galway Public Libraries

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during July and August in all Branch Libraries and the Mobile Library.
It is free and all children have to do is go along to their local library and get their reading log card.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuam Library recommends…

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson 
This beautifully written book tells the magical tale of a little rich boy Hal who wants nothing more in the world than his own dog.
His parents don’t want to deal with the mess and disruption of having a dog. They decide to rent one for the weekend from ‘Easy Pets’ dog rental and Fleck, a little white dog comes bounding in to Hal’s life.

The boy and dog bond instantly and Hal is devastated when Fleck is returned after the weekend. His decision to rescue Fleck leads to a fantastic adventure as the boy and his dog make their way to the safe haven of his grandparents...

A heart warning classic adventure. Highly recommended for 8 – 12 year olds.

Friday, July 06, 2012

European Citizens Initiative in the Europe Direct Centre @ Ballinasloe Library

Multilingual booklets to promote and inform the public on the European Citizens Initiative are now available in the Europe Direct Centre at  Ballinasloe Library.
This initiative enables one million EU citizens from at least 7 EU countries to call on the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate.It is a right enshrined in the EU Treaties.
All EU citizens old enough to vote in European Parliament elections have the possibility to be organizers of initiatives.However,they first have to form a Citizens Committee composed of at least 7 EU citizens living in at least 7 different EU countries.
The Citizens Committee is responsible for managing the initiative throughout the procedure.Citizens Initiatives cannot be run by organizations.However,organizations can promote or sponsor initiatives provided that they do so with full transparency.
All citizens initiatives launched across the EU are registered on a central website managed by the EU Commission and the closing date is in early September..

Further information is available from the European Union Representation ,Molesworth Street,Dublin,  and:
Detailed information and guidance is available in the booklet 'Guide to the European Citizens Initiative' available from the Europe Direct Centre,Ballinasloe Library.

Europe Direct Centres were set up by the European Commission to inform the public on matters relating to the EU.
There are 8 such centres in Ireland.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Life Lessons from the Great Books - Galway City Library

Life Lessons from the Great Books

“In reading great literature I become a thousand different men and yet remain myself.” 
(C. S. Lewis)

Galway Public Libraries will present twenty classics of world literature.
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, we will talk about two books, explore their historical context, their plot and their meaning for today.
The presentations are inspired by a series of lecutes given by Prof. J. Rufus Fears (University of Oklahoma, USA) and will be given by German student of English and German literature, Sanja Bentz.

“Over the course of the next few weeks, we will talk about some classics of world literature. I strongly believe that everybody will benefit from these stories because they have become classics for a reason. You can learn from them, grow with them and simply enjoy them.

You are in love with someone out of your reach? So was Werther.
You are experiencing a midlife crisis? Just like 'The Penitent'.
You feel anger and don't know how to manage it? Learn from Medea.

These presentations will not be a literary analysis, we don't need to talk about the structure of a Greek tragedy or the form of a Shakespearean sonnet. We will talk about the stories, the messages of these books for they stay with you.” (Sanja Bentz)

The first four presentations:

July 10th: Seneca “Of  Providence
               Boethius “The Consolation of Philosophy”

July 17th: Dostoevsky “The Brothers Karamazov”
                Elie Wiesel “Night”

July 19th: A. Schweitzer “Out of My Life and Thought”
                Goethe “The Sorrows of Young Werther”

July 24th: Shakespeare “Hamlet”
                Sophocles “Ajax”

July 10th, 6pm, in Galway City Library, Augustine Street.
Each presentation lasts approximately 40 minutes (for both books).