An update of resources from the Dementia Understand Together Team.

 

HoldFirm – the HSE’s new campaign

On May 9th, 2020 the HSE’s new campaign called HoldFirm was launched. The campaign takes inspiration from President Michael D Higgins’ poem, Take Care. Acknowledging the public’s monumental efforts to keep frontline and essential workers safe by staying home, some frontline staff have joined together to give new meaning to the President’s inspirational words, which can be viewed here. You can also view the HoldFirm TV ad here.

We are very grateful for your help in sharing the campaign message of the importance for all of us to #HoldFirm.  Your creativity has been incredible – You can visit the #HoldFirm Twitter top activity here. Thank you so much for your fantastic support.

There are now new campaign assets available, incl. HoldFirm colouring sheets for both children and adults, which can be found here under ‘HoldFirm assets’.

You can also download the #HoldFirm twibbon for your social media accounts here.

At Home Activities

Community champions and organisations continue to find inventive ways to support people with dementia and their families. Here is a selection of activities:

  • Dawn Chorus is an initiative which strives to bring Ireland together in Harmony while staying apart. Both newly formed singing groups of family & friends and established choirs are getting involved. This week, they are turning the focus to songs which generations can learn and sing together. All songs have a video to sing along with, a sheet of lyrics you can print off, and notes will be added shortly for the more musically adept https://dawnchorus.ie/the-songs/
  • Singing for the Brain also brings people together through songs, stories and smiles. Everyone is welcome to tune into a Zoom Singing for the Brain Group. No singing experience necessary! To join the group you can email Mary at singing4thebrain@gmail.com and she will send you a link.
  • Keeping active is one of the most important parts of staying healthy and while we might not be able to get out and about, Siel Bleu Ireland is offering you a way to continue with your exercise in the comfort of your own home. In case you didn’t catch their Live exercise classes on Facebook and youtube, you can see all their videos and a downloadable guide that you can print and follow along at home here http://www.sielbleu.ie/home/at-home-guides/

Helpline and Resources

  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s National Helpline is providing a free call-back service which offers people with dementia and family carers from anywhere in Ireland the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with a Dementia Nurse or a Dementia Adviser during the COVID-19 public health emergency. People with dementia and their family carers who want to avail of this new service can contact the National Helpline to make an appointment which is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341.
  • Emma O’Brien’s At Home Activities booklet is now available in print. We have also developed Dementia Inclusive tipsheets for businesses and organisations, such as libraries, post offices, retailers, pharmacies, arts & cultural organisations. The booklet and tipsheets can be ordered free of charge from https://www.healthpromotion.ie/publication/fullListing?category=Dementia&searchHSE=
  • Please check here for the most up to date HSE resources for COVID-19, including the latest COVID-19 poster in English and Irish, the updated Cocooning Public Health Advice easy read guide, the HSE Approved Guidance for Disability Services as well as other resources and materials.

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 and 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
    1. rules and regulations,
    2. printing facilities,
    3. opening times and
    4. 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

SLIGO CENTRAL LIBRARY

Tuesday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Thursday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 4.45pm

Sligo Central Library, Current Service:

  • Nationwide catalogue: Browse and place hold online
  • Librarian assisted counter service
  • Quick-pick browsing shelf
  • Online e-services – books, magazines, courses, newspapers

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

BALLYMOTE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Wednesday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm

Ballymote Community Library, Current Service:

  • Nationwide catalogue: Browse and place hold online
  • Librarian assisted counter service
  • Online e-services – books, magazines, courses, newspapers
  • Online events, Summer Stars & Competitions
  • RETURNED ITEMS WILL BE QUARANTINED FOR A MINIMUM OF 72 HOURS.

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

TUBBERCURRY COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Wednesday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Friday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm

Tubbercurry Community Library Current Service:

  • Nationwide catalogue: Browse and place hold online
  • Librarian assisted counter service
  • Online e-services – books, magazines, courses, newspapers
  • Online events, Summer Stars & Competitions
  • RETURNED ITEMS WILL BE QUARANTINED FOR A MINIMUM OF 72 HOURS.

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

ENNISCRONE BRANCH LIBRARY

Wednesday 12Noon – 5.00pm
Friday 10.00am – 1.00pm – 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm

Enniscrone Branch Library Current Service:

  • Nationwide catalogue: Browse and place hold online
  • Librarian assisted counter service
  • Online e-services – books, magazines, courses, newspapers
  • Online events, Summer Stars & Competitions
  • RETURNED ITEMS WILL BE QUARANTINED FOR A MINIMUM OF 72 HOURS.

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 sligolibrary.ie and our social media platforms. See details below.

Facebook:   

Twitter: @sligolib – https://twitter.com/sligolib

Instagram: @sligolibrary – https://www.instagram.com/sligolibrary/

Website: www.sligolibrary.ie

 

 

Free Online Yoga Classes with Sligo Central Library

Minding Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The HSE has put together a helpful page of resources on taking care of your mental health during the increased challenges of the pandemic. Click here to read more.

Sligo County Council Wellbeing Resources

It can be accessed by clicking here

The Sligo County Council Wellbeing page contains a further collection of up to date resources to help you stay well. Sections include:


Staying Active

Healthy Eating

Looking after our Mental Health

Cocooning

Education at Home

Sligo Open for Business

Volunteering from Home

Poetry Day Ireland

Access Sligo Library Digital Services from home

COVID-19 Information Access

A digital partner pack is now available and includes the COVID-19 Information Booklet, which is being delivered to all households. There are also posters, booklets and videos for workplaces and communities to raise awareness about preventing the spread of coronavirus. You can access there here

The COVID-19 Information Booklet is also available in Irish and in audiobook.

Covid 19 – Crime Prevention Advice