THE WORD on ZOOM – Poetry Special with Linda Norton and Jane Robinson. In conversation with Jessamine O’Connor. Music with Clare Sands


Online ZOOM event.

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THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo.

Poetry Special with Linda Norton and Jane Robinson. In conversation with Jessamine O’Connor. Music with Clare Sands.

Linda Norton is the author of The Public Gardens: Poems and History (2011), a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Wite Out: Love and Work (2020), a memoir with poems that critics have called “a masterpiece” and “a gorgeous, courageous book.” Her poems, essays, and visual art are widely published and anthologized; in 2014 Dermot Healy chose her short memoir, “Pearl Paint”, for inclusion in the annual Fish Anthology. Norton’s collages appear on covers of books by Claudia Rankine and Julie Carr and have been exhibited at the Dock Arts Centre. She was a 2020 columnist at SFMoMA’s Open Space, where you can find her essays, collages, and photographs. She has worked as a publisher, editor, instructor, and guest writer at Harvard, Yale, University of California (Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside), Brown, San Francisco State University, and many other colleges and universities. She’s also worked in the labor movement, most recently as a tutor with Unite Here organizers and in the foster care children as a court advocate. In 2014 she received a Creative Work Fund grant and a William Dickey Fellowship and San Francisco State University. She’s been an artist in residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, Texas, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, and at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She currently teaches writing and literature online at IT Sligo in Ireland and lives in Oakland.

Books, SFMoMA Open Space essays, Reviews, Interviews, Events, Poems and Collages:

Jane Robinson is 2021 Writer-in-Residence for the Red Line Book Festival. Her first collection Journey to the Sleeping Whale was published by Salmon and received the 2019 Shine Strong Award; while her more recent poem cycle For the Atoll, concerning coral atolls and the legacy of arms testing at Bikini Atoll, arose in collaboration with composer Malachy Robinson and has been performed with the Far Flung Trio. She writes outdoors as much as possible, with a focus on biodiversity and local ecosystems. @J_SleepingWhale

Jessamine O’Connor, a student in IT Sligo’s Writing and Literature final year, will be moderating the Word. Jessamine has recently had her first poetry collection, Silver Spoon, published by Salmon Poetry.

Clare Sands is a passionate and alluring unique force in Irish music. A sixth generation fiddler and multi-instrumentalist creating an eclectic & energetic Folk sound rooted in Irish Traditional music, the remarkably versatile musician, composer, performer, and singer-songwriter is an unstoppable artist to be reckoned with. ‘An impassioned voice and musical genius on stage. A unique force in Irish music’ – Hotpress Magzine.

There will be a discussion following the reading. The popular open mic session will follow the post-reading interview.

Open Mic

The Open Mic will be Limited to three attendees of the ZOOM event, with three minutes per person.

If you are interested in performing in the Open Mic, please email, NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 26TH OF October.

This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.

The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event. 0719111675

Return to School with Sligo Library

As schools return, Sligo Library is ready with books for all children at all reading levels.
We offer a variety of book collections, specifically designed for children who are starting to read or developing their reading skills.

Including, renowned children’s publishers such as, Oxford Reading Trees, Usborne, Ladybird and many more.

Pop into your local Sligo Library branch, and let our team of knowledgeable staff assist you in picking the right books for your children.

You can access Opening Hours on each branch section:

Sligo Central Library

Ballymote Community Library

Enniscrone Branch Library

If you are not yet a member, you can join online, anytime, for FREE:

You can also, use our catalogue to reserve items: Library Catalogue

Dogs Trust Workshops on 11th August at 10am

Join Sligo Library, along with Aoife from

Dogs Trust for a fun and interactive workshop.

Learn how to be safe around dogs and take part in our live online Gameshow.

Find out what’s the best way to behave around dogs so we can be safe and the dogs we meet can be happy.

Taking place on ZOOM

Wednesday 11th of August at 10am: Email Stephen at to book your place!

You would be barking mad to miss it!

Sligo Library is open for Contact & Collect and Counter Service

Sligo Central Library, Ballymote Community Library and Enniscrone Branch Library are open for Contact & Collect, plus counter service, with small browsing section.

Click the branch links, for opening hours:

Tubbercurry Community Library remains closed while building works to complete the meeting room and toilet facilities are completed.

You can use our online catalogue to access and reserve material from around the country, to be picked up at your local branch:

Nataional Library Catalogue Access

If you are not a member yet, join up now for free:

Toddle Time Story Time SPECIAL ON ZOOM

Wednesday 2nd of December at 10am.

A fun online event for babies and toddlers. Storytime with Irish sign language signs.

This class will be delivered by Claire Glynn of Clever Little Handies via Zoom.

Please, contact for the link.

Clever Little Handies FREE Online Baby Sign Classes with Sligo Library. Weekly, starting Monday, 11th of January at 10.30am. Limited Space.

Clever Little Handies is a baby sign class for parents with babies from newborn up.

We already know babies can communicate with their hands before they can talk; they can wave; they can clap; they can point. They have the dexterity in their hands to formulate signs long before they have the muscle dexterity in their mouths to form words.

By teaching them sign language from an early age they will have a vocabulary to use, even if they’re not formulating words.

This 4 week term is brought to you via zoom and will be nursery rhymes, songs and poems with ISL signs that pertain to the day to day with baby.

Limited space of 15 with a waiting list of 5.

Free Online Seminar with Shane Martin, Psychologist, Wednesday 18th November 2020, 8:00pm

Coping with a Changed World: Rising to the Challenges of Living during a Pandemic

With the advent of COVID-19 everything has changed. We find ourselves in a place where we were never before. Anxiety is the prevalent emotion of this time.

It’s hard to plan ahead and we humans like to know what is coming next. It’s very unsettling. We find ourselves uneasy and apprehensive about the future.

When facing uncertainty and upheaval we need not only to cope but to foster all the inner-strengths we can find to rise to new challenges.

Shane will offer strategies to help families cope with stress and anxiety and highlight our innate capacity not only to cope but to grow stronger during challenge.

To book your place Email  add Library Seminar in the Subject Line and you will then receive a Link to the Seminar

Places are limited to 80 attendees

Summer Stars 2020 Is Moving Online!💻🌟

As part of Summer Stars moving online, BorrowBox (e-books and e-audiobooks) are offering increased access to a massive selection of popular childrens book for all of our Summer Stars! BorrowBox now has a range of children’s e-books and e-audio books with individual collections for 0-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13+. Information on how to join BorrowBox 📚🎵

With Summer Stars going online this year, we are encouraging the children of Sligo to showcase their imagination through writing by entering a national short story competition. Using the theme, ‘An Unexpected Adventure’ we hope all of our stars can submit their stories on the competition page…/story-competition-an-unex…#summerstarsstory

You do not need to register for Summer Stars 2020 as it is primarily online, so once you have access to our online services you are ready to go! If you are not a member of Sligo libraries you can join the library online:

Unfortunately, due to current restrictions around Covid-19 our Summer Stars will not receive a reading card to keep track of your progress and rewards are not part of this years programme. However, the good news is that Sligo Libraries have many exciting online features for children to get involved in, from national and local online competitions which will see winners getting goodie bags. We will also broadcast online story-time sessions, quizzes, author readings and much, much more! 😀

Join the Summer Stars 2020 fun in Sligo over the coming months. #SummerStarsSligo

Find more information on Summer Stars on

Library Service announce plans for re-opening arrangements.

Wednesday 7th of October: We are unable to offer browsing or PC access, in accordance with current Level 3 guidelines.

Tuesday 1st of September, 2020

Sligo Central library will be offering public PC access from Tuesday 1st September. Please note the following;

  • Patrons wishing to use Library public PC’s must still enter the library building through the new entrance located beside Stephen street and queue in order to be directed by staff to the computer room. When patrons are finished their session they will exit the building through the traditional entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • Three Public PC’s will be available for use from Tuesdays to Saturdays:  The opening times are 9.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
    1. From 1.30pm to 2.30pm the PCs and workstations will be cleaned thoroughly.
    2. We would ask each member of the public to adhere to strict hygiene standards, clean hands thoroughly & wipe down their work area after use using the cleaning materials provided in the room.
    3. Masks must be worn for the full duration of your stay in the computer room.
  • Three patrons/visitors max are allowed into the computer room at any one time. You will not be allowed to bring someone with you when using your designated PC.
  • Clear signage regarding (i) rules & regulations, (ii) printing facilities, (iii) opening times and (iv) contact tracing are displayed in the room itself.
  • There are three public PC’s available in the local studies room – they are controlled by the PC reservation system.
    1. Users have maximum 55mins duration once a day – no extensions or further visits on the same day are allowed.
    2. If you leave before 55 mins you cannot come back to use remainder of your balance.
    3. Patrons can book a time/date with staff by giving their patron ID and PIN number to confirm booking/reservation.
  • Patrons must have their library card and PIN number to hand to access available PC
  • Visitors/Guests are also allowed a guest pass of 55 mins duration. This will be provided by staff located at the main staff desk. Visitors/Guests will have to give the relevant staff member their name, address and mobile phone number for contact tracing purposes. This information will be deleted once the relevant time period has passed.
  • Printing facilities are available via the Surf Box Kiosk. Printing instructions & pricing are clearly marked at each of the PC Workstations. Library staff will not be in a position to assist patrons with printing/photocopying services. Visitors/Guests are also allowed a guest pass of 55 mins duration. This will be provided by staff located at the main staff desk. Visitors/Guests will have to give the relevant staff member their name, address and mobile phone number for contact tracing purposes. This information will be deleted once the relevant time period has passed.

Monday 10th of August, 2020

Face coverings must be worn in Sligo County Library and Museum buildings

Stay safe. Protect each other.

Wearing a face covering helps protect the spread of COVID-19

It should fit snugly and cover your nose/ chin

  • It should fit snugly and cover your face/chin
  • Avoid touching it while wearing
  • Continue to wash your hands and social distance
  • Not suitable for under 13s or those who have difficulty wearing them

Tuesday 8th August, 2020


Tuesday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Wednesday9.30am – 4.45pm
Thursday9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 4.45pm

Sligo Central Library, Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.


Wednesday9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm

Ballymote Community Library, Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.

Tubbercurry Community Library

Wednesday9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday9.30am – 1.30pm

Tubbercurry Community Library Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.


Wednesday12Noon – 5.00pm
Friday10.00am – 1.00pm – 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday9.30am – 1.30pm

Enniscrone Branch Library Current Service:

The counter service will be based upon a first come first served basis with social distancing queuing system.

In accordance with HSE guidelines, returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours – therefore the Library service will not be in a position to recommence loans until at least the week beginning 22nd June 2020.

Sligo Libraries are due to begin offering more services to the public from Monday 8th June as outlined in Phase 2 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. However, it will be some time before full library services can resume.  Preparatory work to re-establish the service has been ongoing since May 18th, with adjustments to the types and range of services being examined in the light of Covid 19 restrictions.

Gradual re-opening

In all situations, the health and safety of library users and staff will be paramount. Social distancing will be observed where library users interact with services, and all health and safety protocols will be observed.

Online services

You can continue to use your library online!

Don’t forget, you can access library services online, and these online services will continue to be available as we move through the re-opening phases. You can:

You can access online content from any of our social media platforms, storytime, auhor readings, local history significant events and more.

Further notices will be issued as we progress towards a return to services. Please keep up to date through local media and our social media platforms. See details below.


  • Sligo Central Library:
  • Ballymote:
  • Tubbercurry:

Twitter: @sligolib

Instagram: @sligolibrary


Sligo County Council