Cruinniú na nÓg at Sligo Libraries: Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of June 2019

Sligo Library are proud to be part of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations, a day of creativity for children.

Each library branch will be hosting a series of events for children over two days, Friday 14th of June to Saturday 15th of June 2019.

Click the following links to see events in your area.

Sligo Central Library: Friday 14th of June

Sligo Central Library: Saturday 15th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Friday 14th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Friday 14th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Saturday 15th of June

Ballymote Community Library: Saturday 15th of June_Reptile Zoo 

Ballymote Community Library: Saturday 15th of June_Reptile Zoo on Tour

The Word at Sligo Central Library with Ruth Fitzmaurice (I Found My Tribe)

Sligo Central Library will be hosting The Word on Wednesday 29th of May at 6.30pm.

Renowned author, Ruth Fitzmaurice will be joining us and reading from her book, “I Found My Tribe”. 

Ruth Fitzmaurice was a radio researcher and producer when she married her husband, Simon, in 2004 and had three children. In 2008, Simon was diagnosed with ALS and given three years to live. Simon went into respiratory failure in 2010 and was accidentally placed on a ventilator during an emergency procedure. He decided against medical advice to keep the ventilator; Ruth and Simon went on to have twins in 2012. She lives in Greystones, Ireland, with her five children, two dogs and two cats.

An astonishingly beautiful book by an astonishingly beautiful person” (Marian Keyes). One of the year’s most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs.

With music from Eddie Lee and Ray Coen, plus Author Q&A and Open Mic, this promises to be a night not to be missed.

Admission Free

Bealtaine at Sligo Library

Sligo Library celebrates Age and Opportunity and the Bealtaine Festival with a host of events for everyone!

SLIGO CENTRAL LIBRARY:

Craft Felting Workshop

Needle Craft Workshop with Sue Basler, Textile Designer

Tuesday 14th of May, 10.30am – 12Noon

 

Memoir Creative Writing Workshop

With Gerry Boland, Author and Poet

Tuesday 21st May, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Inter-generational Creative Board Gaming Workshop

Grandparents, parents and children alike are encouraged to come join and play together with some great modern board-games. This afternoon is hosted by Wayne O’Connor from Sligo Gaming Society and will be a great way to mingle and socialise between generations in a relaxed setting.

With Wayne O’Connor

Saturday 25th May, 11.00am – 1.00pm

BALLYMOTE COMMUNITY LIBRARY:

  • Saturday May 25th – “Be Our Guest” Old Fashioned Tea Party with traditional Irish Music – 11.30am – 1pm – this event has been registered on official Bealtaine calendar
  • Sat May 11th Intergenerational Board Games 11am-1pm
  • St John’s Hospital Artwork Pillar Display … May 1st – May 31st
  • Saturday Stitchers Craft Work Window Display … May 7th – May 31st

TUBBERCURRY COMMUNITY LIBRARY:

We’re holding a Craft Exhibition with the Tubbercurry Day Care Centre:

“Tubbercurry will be launching a craft exhibition produced by residents of the Tubbercurry Daycare Centre  with music and refreshments at 12pm, Friday May 10th. The exhibition will be on display until Friday May 30th. Free of charge and all welcome.”

Sligo Library: May Public Holiday Opening Hours

Sligo Library will be closed the weekend of Saturday 4th of May for the Public Holiday.

Ballymote Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Enniscrone Community Library:

Re-Opening Wednesday 8th of Mayl at 11.00am

Sligo Central Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Tubbercurry Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Local Studies:

Re-opening Tuesday 7th of May at 9.30am

Sligo Museum:

Open Saturday 4th of May: 9.30 – 12.45pm, 2.00pm – 4.45pm

May Day with The Word featuring Nicole Flattery and Caragh Maxwell

The Word will be held on the 1st May and features writers Nicole Flattery and Caragh Maxwell both, as it happens, originally from Mullingar.

Nicole Flattery’s first collection of short stories, Show Them A Good Time, is published by the Stinging Fly and has received critical acclaim for its humour and insight. Colin Barrett says Flattery’s stories ‘are startling, daring and dazzingly dark.’ Sally Rooney calls the collection a master class in the short story, ‘bold, irreverent and astonishingly funny.’  Flattery’s stories have been published in the Irish TimesThe Dublin Reviewthe White Review and Winter Papers. Her forthcoming novel Nothing Special  will be published in 2021.

Described as ‘…a startling new talent,’ Caragh Maxwell’s  essay,  ‘Anatomy of a Sinking Ship’,  was published in the Irish Times in February to huge acclaim. Her short story ‘Spelunking’ will be featured  in the Irish Times Summer Fiction Series and she’ll be appearing in the Emerging Writers Showcase at Listowel Writer’s Week in late May. Maxwell is student on The BA Writing and Literature programme at IT Sligo.

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. 1st May, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.

May Day with The Word featuring Nicole Flattery and Caragh Maxwell

The Word will be held on the 1st May and features writers Nicole Flattery and Caragh Maxwell both, as it happens, originally from Mullingar.

Nicole Flattery’s first collection of short stories, Show Them A Good Time, is published by the Stinging Fly and has received critical acclaim for its humour and insight. Colin Barrett says Flattery’s stories ‘are startling, daring and dazzingly dark.’ Sally Rooney calls the collection a master class in the short story, ‘bold, irreverent and astonishingly funny.’  Flattery’s stories have been published in the Irish TimesThe Dublin Reviewthe White Review and Winter Papers. Her forthcoming novel Nothing Special  will be published in 2021.

Described as ‘…a startling new talent,’ Caragh Maxwell’s  essay,  ‘Anatomy of a Sinking Ship’,  was published in the Irish Times in February to huge acclaim. Her short story ‘Spelunking’ will be featured  in the Irish Times Summer Fiction Series and she’ll be appearing in the Emerging Writers Showcase at Listowel Writer’s Week in late May. Maxwell is student on The BA Writing and Literature programme at IT Sligo.

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. 1st May, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.

Sligo Library and Museum: Easter Arrangements

Sligo Library and Museum will be closed the weekend of Friday 19th of April for the Easter Public Holiday.

Happy Easter from All at Sligo Library.

Ballymote Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 9.30am

Enniscrone Community Library:

Re-Opening Wednesday 24th of April at 11.00am

Sligo Central Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 9.30am

Tubbercurry Community Library:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 12Noon

Local Studies:

Re-opening Tuesday 23rd of April at 9.30am

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Spring into Storytime at your Library

Spring Into Story Time

Spring into Story Time is a national programme delivering a minimum of one children’s story time in every library during the month of April.

Spring into Story Time in April 2017 was the first countrywide focus on story time in public libraries.  Part of the Right to Read Campaign within the Opportunities for All national strategic plan for public libraries 2013 – 2017, Spring into Story Time arose from a recommendation of the Public Libraries Literacy and Reading Development Working Group and the findings of a 2016 pilot initiative.

The Goal was to hold at least one story time session in every public library in the countrySpring into Story Time was designed to be inclusive and open to all. Beyond its comprehensive national goal, individual library services were free to select their markets and local delivery arrangements.

Over the past two years Spring into Story Time has become a fundamental part of the Right to Read service with story times being one of the most common and most popular services available to library users. The number of story times delivered grows each April, providing greater access to this programme to more users.

The following Spring into Story Time events are happening in your local Library:

Ballymote Community Library:

  • Thurs April 11th – 11AM-12Noon: Old MacDonald Stories and Songs with Eithne
  • Tues April 16th  – 10am – 10.45am: Easter Tales with Eithne – Junior Infants SMGS Ballymote – Offsite @ the classroom.
  • Tues April 23rd –  3pm – 4pm: Worlds Worst Children with Wayne O Connor
  • Tues April 24th –  11am-12am: Easter Tales with Eithne: Busy Bees Creche Collooney visit to library

Enniscrone Library:

  • Saturday April 6th at 11.00am
  • Saturday April 13th at 11.00am
  • Saturday April 27th at 11.00am

Sligo Central Library:

  • Tuesday April 2nd at 10.00am (Closed Event)
  • Wednesday April 10th  at 10.00am (Closed Event)
  • Wednesday April 17th  at 11.30am: Easter Egg Hunt and Story Time Age: 7 and Under
  • Wednesday April 24th at 11.30am (Open Event): Storytime: 6+
  • Tuesday April 30th at 10.00am and 3.00pm (Closed Event)

Tubbercurry Community Library:

  • Friday April 5th at 10.00am
  • Friday April 12th at 10.00am
  • Friday April 26th at 11.30am

 

The Word: Crime, Plays and Poetry with Declan Hughes and Jessamine O’Connor

The Word welcomes writers Declan Hughes and Jessamine O’Connor on Wednesday 27th March in Sligo Central Library.

Declan Hughes is a co-founder of Rough Magic Theatre Company, a director, playwright and novelist. He is Literature Advisor to the Arts Council.  His plays have won numerous awards including the Stewart Parker New Playwright award and for his crime fiction he has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the American crime writing equivalent to the Oscars.

In an essay from 2000,  responding to representations of Ireland in theatre at the height of the Celtic Tiger, Declan asked “Who the hell do we think we still are?” It has been described as “one of the most important essays yet written about contemporary Irish drama,” challenging us to rethink how we represent Irishness. “Irish drama needs to show more guts” he writes. His own work is a response to this challenge, his crime novels shedding the pastoral in favour of the city and all its alienations and idiosyncrasies.

Reading with Hughes is Jessamine O’Connor, a poet living on the Sligo Roscommon border who has published five poetry chapbooks. Her next collection is coming out with Salmon Poetry in 2020. In her most recent publication, Pact, she writes about motherhood, displacement and loss. The scenes Jessamine captures, “are moments sliced open to hint at musculature and skeleton, writes Afric McGlinchey. “This is O’Connor’s strength: the small frisson, the chill that accompanies each personal encounter in these poems.”

 

Jessamine’s poems have won the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café Competition 2017, the iYeats; and Francis Ledwidge awards 2011 and have been shortlisted for many more, including the Hennessy Award. Her first film-poem will screen at Strokestown Poetry Festival in May. Jessamine is currently a student on the BA in Writing and Literature at IT  Sligo.

 

The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers/musicans are welcome to read/perform 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.