Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lunchtime @ The Library - Galway City Library

The Lunchtime Concert Series with The Contempo Quartet is one of our most popular programmes and it takes place the first Tuesday of each month.
The next performance is Tuesday, 2nd July.
This event caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each performance is preceded by a short discussion of the music and the event is 50 minutes

Friday, June 21, 2013

'Creepy House' Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge in all Galway Libraries encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. Check with your local Galway Library for details.

There is a different theme each year. This year it is 'Creepy House' Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Every time your child finishes a book they get stickers and rewards and there's a certificate for everyone that finishes.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The books and libraries of our lives

During the Madrid Book Fair, which is currently underway, El Pais the Spanish newspaper is inviting readers to pay tribute to "the books and to the libraries of our lives."
For the next week they are publishing, in a section entitled “The library of my life," some of the reports and pictures which their readers are sending in.

Here is the choice of one of their readers:
1- Elisa María Sosa, from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

2- Profession - Doctor in Latin American Literature. Teacher.

3- Why does she like reading?
“Since I was young, reading has been a passion for me. Through it, not only do I access knowledge, but I can also discover the complicities and conversations that transcend time and space. There is an enrichment that doesn’t have borders, it is my daily drinking trough.

4- What kind of literature do you prefer? 
  Essays and novels.

5- What is the place of your library and how is it organized?

My library is quite big and it takes up a full room. It is an area created to enjoy literature (good armchairs, white light and music). The books are classified according to the subject/theme, country and author so we can find Spanish, Latin American and Universal Literatures as well as reference works.

Thursday, June 06, 2013


You cannot own an ebook. It has no aesthetic properties: no ornamentation, no weight, no smell; in short, no character. It offers no choice between
nice-to-handle and that experience's opposite. It does not furnish a room.

 (From page 32 of the TLS, Oct. 5th 2012).