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Sligo County Library - EVENTS 2007

MARCH 2007

  • World Book Day: Thursday 1st March
  • National TreeWeek: March 5th to 11th
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge: March 5th to 16th
Sligo Central Library:
  • Adult Literacy Student visit
  • Monday 5th; Coffee Morning‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Monday 12th; Sligo Central Library sponsored the Gael Scoil to attend Comortais
  • Amhranaiochta in the HawksWell Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo
  • Wednesday 21st; Artists from globe house displayed various works from all age groups.
Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • Selection of sapling broadleaf trees distributed to Library customers
  • Artist John Leonard illustrated various readings
  • Tuesday 6th; Traditional music session with the ’Border Collies’
  • Wednesday 7th; Coffee Morning in Irish with Sean Owens
  • Thursday 8th; Presentation of prizes for Irish writing competition.
  • Anti Racism week: March 20th to 25th

APRIL 2007

Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • ENFO exhibition displayed for month of April:“Whales and Dolphins in IrishWaters”
  • Tuesday 3rd; Easter Arts and Crafts Children’sWorkshop with Ailish O’Donnell

MAY 2007

  • Bealtaine Festival: May 1st to 31st
Sligo Central Library:
  • Thursday 17th; Susie Minto, Storyteller held workshops throughout the day entitled "Stories That Make Me, Me".
  • Saturday 19th; Introduction to internet and email workshop tuition.
  • Saturday 26th; Introduction to internet and email workshop tuition.
Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • Bealtaine Festival: Art Classes held every Tuesday evening throughout May
  • RTE Weather Photo Exhibition: Finalist entries displayed from 3rd to 31st May

JUNE 2007

Sligo Central Library:
  • Tuesday 12th; Class Visit and Library Tour, Junior Infants, Mercy Primary School
  • Thursday 14th, Storytelling for Junior Infants, St Patrick’s Primary School, Calry and Junior Infants, Carbury Primary School
  • Friday 15th, Storytelling for Junior Infants, Scoil Ursula Primary School and Junior Infants, St Edwards’s Primary School
  • Wednesday 27th, Class Visit and Library Tour, Fifth Class, Mercy Primary School
Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • ENFO Exhibition displayed for month of June: “Flytraps - Carnivorous Plants”
  • Monday 14th; LeyneyWriters Book Launch“Thursday Thoughts”in co operation with Sligo County Libraries
  • Saturday 28th; Art Class andWorkshop for children with Ailish O’Donnell

JULY 2007

Sligo Central Library:
  • Friday 6th; Storyboard and SongWorkshop for children byWayne O’Connor.
  • Friday 20th; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pre-Launch fancy dress event.
  • Children’s Summer Camp 2007
  • Tuesday 24th; MusicWorkshop with world renowned fiddle player and multi instrumentalist SteveWickham.
  • Wednesday 25th; Storyboard AnimationWorkshop with Ailish O’Donnell.
  • Thursday 26th; CraftWorkshop with Rosaleen Holland.
  • Friday 27th; Fancy Dress Teddy Bear’s Picnic with TanyaWalsh. Sponsored by Cosgrove’s Fine Food Store, Market Street, Sligo.
Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • Tuesday 17th;“The Irish in Britain”lecture and slide show presented by Ultan Cowley to coincide with South Sligo Summer School for traditional music.
  • Thursday 26th;Western Regional Section meeting of Library Association of Ireland


  • Heritage Week: August 25th to September 2nd
Sligo Central Library:
  • Thursday 2nd; Eddie Lenihan, Seanchaí - Storyteller
  • ‘Tales of Myth, Magic and Mystery for Children’
  • Tuesday 28th; Patricia Gardiner hosted a talk which discussed ‘EnjoyWalking in the Local Community’
  • Thursday 30th; Joe McGowan presented a slideshow entitled ’Gale stone and fire, customs, cures and beliefs on Innismurray’
Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • Wednesday 7th; Prize giving function for Tubbercurry Literary Festival
  • Thursday 23rd; Puppets & StoriesWorkshop with Chris Thompson
  • Friday 24th; Reading Tree Prize giving
  • Tuesday 28th; Joe McGowan presented a slideshow on Innismurray Island
  • Tuesday 25th to Sep 2nd; heritage display displaying Artifacts from Sligo County Museum
  • Thursday 30th; Your Man Puppet Show ‘The Salmon of Freedom.’


Sligo Central Library:
  • Thursday 20th; Open University Information evening


  • Positive AgeingWeek: October 1st to 7th
  • Children's Book Festival 2007: October 3rd to 26th
Sligo Central Library:
  • Thursday 4th;‘Taxation, Issues in Later Life’- Talk by Paul Coughlan
  • Saturday 6th; Beginners E-mail & Internet Tuition
  • Tuesday 9th - Author Visit - Andy Stanton
  • Wednesday 10th - StoryboardWorkshops -Wayne O'Connor
  • Friday 12th - Bunnyhop Shows - Chris Thompson
  • Wednesday 17th - AnimationWorkshops - Ailish O'Donnell
  • Thursday 18th - Author Visit - Brian Gogarty
  • Friday 19th - AnimationWorkshops - Ailish O'Donnell
  • Wednesday 24th - Magic and Stories - Chris Thompson
  • Tuesday 30th – Masks and Mask Making
Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • Wednesday 3rd; Author Visit - Niamh McGrath
  • Tuesday 9th; Author Visit - Andy Stanton
  • Friday 12th; RapWorkshop
  • Wednesday 17th; Author visit - Brian Gogarty
  • Monday 22nd; Author visit - Mary Arrigan


  • Science Week: November 11th to 18th
Sligo Central Library:
  • Friday 16th; Ecology talk by Robin Barry for secondary school students
  • Tuesday 27th; “Science is Magic”by Michael Moylan
Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • Monday 26th;“Science is Magic”by Michael Moylan
  • Tuesday 27th; Christmas Cake decorating with Sharon Sweeney


Tubbercurry Community Library:
  • ENFO exhibition displayed for month of December:“life in a shell”
  • Tuesday 4th; Storytelling for children organized by Sligo County Childcare Committee
  • Tuesday 4th; Switching on Christmas Lights and presentation of Bookmark Prizes
  • Thursday 20th; Christmas DecorationsWorkshop

Storytelling activity in Central Library Sligo
- Storytelling activity in Central Library, Sligo

Library members at Arts and Crafts Workshop
-  Library members at Arts and Crafts Workshop

Teddy Bears Picnic storytime
- 'Teddy Bears Picnic' storytime


To provide a responsive, accessible and inclusive library service for all our customers, which fosters reading, stimulates the imagination and contributes to lifelong learning and cultural recreation.


In October 2005 Sligo County Council commissioned the development of a Library Development Plan. This plan focused on two key areas, the medium to long term nature of the Plan and the physical and operational aspects of the Library’s service. To reference and consult the finalised plan in PDF format please log onto and select the link ‘development plans.’


Sligo County Council, in partnership with Sligo Borough Council, have proposed to develop a new Centre to include a Library Headquarters and a Central Library in Sligo City, which will serve all of the citizens of the City and County. The Centre will be a substantial building of 2660 sq. metres which will house the County Library (Administration), a Community based Central Library and a range of visitor facilities to include meeting rooms, activities area both internal and external, coffee shop, activity areas and exhibition spaces. The purpose of this development is to provide the citizens of Sligo and visitors to the area with a modern community based library service and cultural resource while enhancing the architectural landscape of the city.


Sligo Libraries continues to increase its level of service and commitment to the public by increasing its opening hours in 2007. Opening at 9.30am, remaining open through the lunch hour and providing late openings until 8pm, on Tuesday nights in Tubbercurry Community Library and Thursday nights in Central Library, Sligo town, ensure that the public have varied options to suit their needs and lifestyles. In addition Ballymote Branch Library has increased its opening hours from 11.5 hours to 22 hours per week from December 2007. 

 Sligo Central Library Late Opening


Disabled access was a priority for Sligo Libraries in 2007. As such disabled parking, disabled toilets, ramps, induction loops and directional signage were all realised in selected branches. These infrastructural changes already complemented other facilities in situ, such as reading magnifiers at all desks and software such as JAWS and ZOOMTEXT available in all branches on selected public computers.


Sligo Libraries are committed to multiculturalism and recognize the importance of the various non Irish National Communities in our society as a whole. In recognition of this we have implemented various strategies.


A policy of collection development aimed specifically at Foreign Language material, Adult and Juvenile, Fiction and Non-Fiction, has been ongoing throughout 2007. Material can be found in Central Library, Stephen Street and Tubbercurry Community Library, Humbert Street, Tubbercurry.


Sligo Libraries provide access to electronic resources which enable non Irish nationals’ access to a wide range of news media. In all five Branch Libraries readers can enjoy over 500 full content digital replicas of newspapers and magazines from 70 countries in 37 languages. To access simply type in the web address on any of the public access computers in the various branches.


Sligo’s first writer-in-residence was appointed in September. Niall Williams, twice IMPAC-nominated author, will run a series of writing workshops and literary appreciation courses with writers, readers and library staff for a six-month term. Mr Williams has an office in the Museum building on Stephen Street and will be in Sligo every Wednesday and Thursday for consultation. For appointments please contact Niall at

Cathaoirleach Councillor Seamus Kilgannon welcomes Sligo’s first writer-in-residence,
Mr. Niall Williams to Sligo County Library. Also pictured are Mr. Donal Tinney, County Librarian
and Mr. Fran Hegarty, Executive Librarian
- Cathaoirleach Councillor Seamus Kilgannon welcomes Sligo’s first writer-in-residence, Mr. Niall Williams to Sligo County Library. Also pictured are Mr. Donal Tinney, County Librarian and Mr. Fran Hegarty, Executive Librarian


To further encourage reader development among our customers, Sligo Libraries have a number of Book Clubs set up in various branches. These clubs promote the pleasures of reading and develop the members appreciation of literature at all levels. Please contact the various Branch Libraries for more details.

Sligo Central Library

Sligo Central Book Club meets at 6.45pm on the first Thursday of every month Catacombs Book Club (Carbury) and Sara Book Club (Friary) are also supported by Sligo Central Library.

Tubbercurry Community Library

After Five Book Club meets at 5pm on the first Tuesday of every month.
Bookworms’ Book Club meets at 12 noon on the last Thursday of every month.
Active Retirement Book Club meets at 3pm on the last Thursday of every month.

Leyney Writers’ Group

“Thursday’s Thoughts” the second publication by the local Leyney Writers was launched by Leas Chathaoirleach Cllr. Jerry Lundy of Sligo Co. Council on Thursday 14th June 2007. “Thursday’s Thoughts” is an anthology of stories, poems and memoirs and is the end product of a series of workshops held in Tubbercurry library over the past two years.

Extracts from the book were read by various authors on the night and numerous copies were sold.The launch was very well received by the large crowd in attendance and Donal Tinney, County Librarian, congratulated the writers on their production and spoke of the Library’s support for writers and the arts. Refreshments were served courtesy of Tubbercurry Community Library staff.


The Local Studies Department increased its extensive collection by taking possession of the Harbour Board Archive in 2007. The first steps in the Down Survey Mapping Project were taken when all the maps were digitised in May of this year. It is expected that all maps will be viewable on our web-site next summer. This project will complement the already completed 1837 Ordnance Survey map collection which is available on the website Computerisation of all Local History material is ongoing with various records viewable in the aforementioned catalogue.

PLUS 2007

A major marketing survey took place in all public libraries around the country during the third week in September. The aim of the Public Library User Survey was to assess how well Sligo Library Service meets the needs of its members. Almost 1,000 PLUS questionnaires, which were available in 5 languages in order to obtain the views of as wide a range of users as possible, were issued to adult members during the week throughout the county.

Sligo Central Library issued 544 questionnaires alone over the week, during the Plus 2007 survey, making it the 8th busiest library in the country in terms of adult visitor count.

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