Friday, March 14, 2014

One Book, One Tuam

One Book One Tuam, Tuesday 25th February 2014 to Friday 11th April 2014.

Following on from the hugely successful launch of One Book One Tuam on Tuesday 25th February 2014, a comprehensive schedule of activities and events have been organized to help bring our chosen book, ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd, to life for readers, young and old.

 ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd is a story written for 9 to 12-year-olds that holds universal appeal for readers of all ages.
This is a novel that works on a number of levels and is a compulsively readable, spine-tingling thriller with subtle characterization. It provides rich veins for exploration by reading groups and also by teachers in the classroom setting.

It can be appreciated not least for Siobhan’s portrayal of disability as a gift. “London Eye” won the NASEN/TES Special Educational Needs Children’s Book Award, was longlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for a range of other awards. In May 2008, it was posthumously awarded the
Bisto Book of the Year prize.

Siobhan Dowd was born in 1960 to Irish parents. She was brought up in London, but spent much of her youth visiting the family homes in County Waterford and Wicklow town. Sadly, Siobhan died in 2007. Throughout her life, Siobhan was committed to integration and providing opportunities for young people experiencing adversity to share in her love of literature and reading. Shortly, before she died, she set up the Siobhan Dowd Trust.

The Siobhan Dowd Trust has the simple aim to bring the joy of reading to those who need it most – disadvantaged children and young adults. It is the legacy of Siobhan Dowd, who bequeathed the royalties from her books to further the Trust’s work and who did so much in her short life for others.

Siobhan’s cousin - Rosari O’Brien will be visiting Tuam library and schools on behalf of the Siobhan Dowd Trust on Friday 14th March 2014 to talk about Siobhan’s life and work. This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into ‘The London Eye Mystery’, the influences that lead Siobhan into her writing career and her passion for supporting those less fortunate.

Rosari will be gving a public presentation in the library from 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm. Anyone with an interest in ‘The London Eye Mystery’ or the life of the author are welcome to attend.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Kitchen wanted for Cúirt Westside Kitchen Readings

Kitchen wanted for Cúirt Kitchen Readings
Cúirt International Festival of Literature in conjunction with Galway City Library Service will be hosting Kitchen Readings in April.
Poets, Elaine Feeney and Dave Lordan, are the guests of the 2014 Kitchen Readings which will take place in a number of homes in Galway City during the week of the festival. These informal gatherings are free and will be open to all.
Westside Library is currently looking for a kitchen within walking distance of the Westside Library to host the event.
For more information please contact: Westside Library  : (091) 520616

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ballet Ireland workshop in Westside Library

Ballet Ireland dance teachers, Stephen Brennan and Jane Magan with 2nd class Scoil Bhride

The recent workshop was in Westside Library as part of Westside Library's 10th Anniversary Programme.