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 mibrennan@sligolibrary.ie 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 office@moodwatchers.com  add Library Seminar in the Subject Line and you will then receive a Link to the Seminar

Places are limited to 80 attendees

The Word is moving online with ZOOM, featuring award winning author, Claire Keegan. Wednesday, 28th of October at 6.30pm.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020 6:30PM

Online event.

THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo, returns this year with one of Ireland’s greatest living writers, CLAIRE KEEGAN.

Click link for Eventbrite ticket

Claire Keegan’s debut collection of stories, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. The Observer called these stories: ‘Among the finest recently written in English’. It was also awarded the William Trevor Prize, judged by William Trevor.

In 2007, her second collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to huge critical acclaim and went on to win The Edge Hill Prize for the strongest collection published in The British Isles. The prize was adjudicated by Hilary Mantel.

Foster (2010) won The Davy Byrnes Award, then the world’s richest prize for a story. It judged by Richard Ford: “Keegan is a rarity-someone I will always want to read’.”

Keegan’s stories are published in English by Faber & Faber, have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, Best American Stories, won numerous awards – and are translated into 17 languages. She is internationally renowned as a teacher of creative writing.

‘The best stories here are so textured and moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savouring them many years from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying lofty new terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work’ – The New York Times (Walk the Blue Fields review)

The readings will be interwoven with music and song by Collette Sheerin.

Open Mic

There will be a discussion following the reading facilitated by writer/artist and IT Sligo Lecturer, Alice Lyons. The popular open mic session will follow the post-reading interview.

The Open Mic will be Limited to five attendees of the ZOOM event, with three minutes per person. If you are interested in performing in the Open Mic, you must request interest when booking your ticket, though this does not guarantee you will be reading. The first five people who express an interest, will be notified in advance of the event.

This event will be Live 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.

sligolib@sligococo.ie/ 071 9111675

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 https://sligolibrary.ie/ebooks/ 📚🎵

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 https://www.librariesireland.ie/…/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: https://sligolibrary.ie/how-to-join/

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 www.summerstars.ie

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

SLIGO CENTRAL LIBRARY

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.

BALLYMOTE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

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.

ENNISCRONE BRANCH LIBRARY

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

Facebook:   

  • Sligo Central Library: www.facebook.com/SligoCentralLibrary
  • Ballymote: www.facebook.com/ballymotelibrary
  • Tubbercurry: www.facebook.com/welcometotubbercurrycommunitylibrary

Twitter: @sligolib

Instagram: @sligolibrary

Website: www.sligolibrary.ie

Sligo County Council

Cruinniú na nÓg : A festival of ONLINE creativity for children and young people with Sligo Library

Cruinniú na nÓg at Sligo Library is moving online!

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg with some special guests, interactive events, plus opportunities for you to get involved and win some prizes.

Click here for more details on Cruinniú na nÓg nationwide

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  (5th May 2020) announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18.  Full press release here; Minister Madigan launches Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people, Saturday 13th June 2020 | Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Announcing Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Minister Madigan said: “Creativity and culture are powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their innate curiosity. Creativity also helps to encourage social responsibility and personal qualities related to wellbeing such as resilience, empathy, and a capacity for connection and friendship. Over the past 2 years Cruinniú na nÓg has been a key point in the calendar for children and young people to try something creative, develop an appetite for discovery and acquire new skills – and 2020 will be no different.”

In light of the public health restrictions currently in force, the Creative Ireland Programme and its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging “calls to action” which children, young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens on Saturday 13th June. Highlights will include:

Céilí in the Kitchen – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to create a Céilí in their kitchen for Cruinniú, with Áirc Damhsa, who will guide us through the Irish tradition of these communal social events that take place in houses:


Have you ever made a kite? It’s great fun and really easy. And it’s something you can do in your garden or in the park, while keeping your distance from others. In fact the whole point of kite flying is not to get too close as kite strings can get into a terrible muddle. Design & Crafts Council Ireland have joined forces with Creative Ireland to design a kite that anyone can make at home. All you need is some sticks, some newspaper, some string and a whole lot of imagination. Why not decorate in your favourite colours, or with pictures of your heroes?

On the 28th May at 3pm, a live webinar will start you on the road to making your kite. A further number of videos will guide you and your family through fun ways to make a kite.

• Wednesday June 3 – 1st video live
• Thursday June 4 – 2nd webinar live at 3pm
• Monday June 8 – 2nd video live
• Tuesday 9th & Thursday 11th  – 3 & 4th Webinars live at 3pm
• Wednesday June 10th  – 3rd  video live
• Friday June 12 – Final video live

#CreativeIreland

In the week leading up to Cruinniu na nOg, on June 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th we will be sharing with you the most popular coding games you want to see. For now, just use #CreativeIreland on your social media or email info@whizzkids.ie with a shout out of what type of games you would like to know how to make and we’ll post the 4 most popular workshop requests. 

Sligo Central Library: The First Word of the Decade 2020!

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library in 2020 on Wednesday 29th of January at 6.30pm.

Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border.

Garrett Carr is a writer and map-maker. He lives in Belfast and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen’s University. His book The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border is a portrait of Ireland’s border, its people and culture. It is published by Faber & Faber.

Dr Marion Dowd, author of The Archaeology of Caves of Ireland.

Dr Marion Dowd is an archaeologist and lecturer at IT Sligo. Her research focusses primarily on how people have engaged with caves in Ireland over the past 12,500 years. Her first book, The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland, won the Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2016, and the Tratman Award 2015. Her work explores the interplay between folklore, landscape and archaeology. She is also interested in the changing biographies of monuments and artefacts.

The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. 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.

Sligo Library & Museum Christmas Opening Hours

Sligo Library staff would like to wish all of our users and readers a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Remember all library items, including books, audio and DVDS, can be renewed and reserved online via our Always Open Online Services. There are many online services on our website that can be accessed 24 hours/365 days a year, including downloadable ebooks and audio books, magazine and newspaper access, research and learning portals. You can access these with your FREE Library Card barcode number and PIN.

The My Open Library service is available at Tubbercurry Community LIbrary library. My Open Library offers extended opening hours to library members on a self-service basis outside normal opening hours, seven days a week, from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

You need to sign up for My Open Library service in Tubbercurry Community Library.

Please find below the opening hours for Sligo Libraries & Museum over the Christmas period:

Ballymote Community Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 1.30pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 12Noon.

Enniscrone Branch Library:

Closed Wednesday 19th of December at 4pm. Re-open on Thursday, 2nd of January at 11am.

Sligo Central Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 5pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Tubbercurry Community Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 1.30pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Local Studies and Reference Library:

Closed Friday 20th of December at 12.45pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Sligo Museum:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 12.45pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Ba mhaith le foireann Leabharlann Shligigh Nollaig agus Bliain Nua an-mhaith a thabhairt dár n-úsáideoirí agus dár léitheoirí go léir!

Decade of Centenaries : Martin Savage : The Story of a Young Man

Join us in The Oratory in Ballisodare as we commemorate Martin Savage on the centenary of his passing. The event will take place on Thursday, 5th of December at 6pm.

This commemoration evening will feature music and spoken word of the some of the best local artists and voices.

With special contributions from those who have been inspired by his legacy.

Admission is FREE with light refreshments on the evening.