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.

Official Launch: Commemorating the Centenary of the Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 28th June 1920

An official launch for this memorial project will take place in Tubbercurry Community Library on Saturday 9th of November at 1pm.
 
The memorial project involves the erecting of an inscribed monument in Wolfe Tone Square, Tubbercurry, dedicated to the memory of the three Sligo men who took part in the mutiny: James Gorman Tubbercurry, Martin Boy Conlon Sligo town and Jack Scanlon Sligo town.
 
The project is designed to tell the story and to honour the memory of the courageous men who while far from home stood in solidarity with their native country men fighting for our Independence.
 
The proposed dedication date is June 28th, 2020 on the centenary anniversary of the mutiny.
 
In advance of the memorial, an official launch will take place in Tubbercurry Community Library.
 
Key aspects of the launch will be a series of short talks over the afternoon, by three historians on the history of the mutiny, followed by a light refreshment.
 
They include:
 
  • Dr. Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College (Grandnephew of Kevin Barry).
  • Dr. Mario Draper, Professor of Modern History, Kent University.
  • Danny Tiernan, Connaught Rangers, Historian, Boyle, Co. Rosommon.
 
Each talk will be followed by a brief Q&A.
 
The memorial launch is a chance to remind ourselves of the significance of Ireland and Sligo’s forgotten heroes.
 
This is a FREE event.
 
The memorial project is part of Sligo Co Council’s Decade of Centenaries, the State Commemoration of significant historical events that took place between 1918-1923.
 
In association with the Connaught Rangers Memorial group and Creative Ireland.

                                     The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 1920

The Connaught Rangers were a regiment in the British army and were based in Wellington barracks Jalandhar in the Punjab India

When the news of martial law in Ireland and the reprisals by the Black and Tans reached them they protested by refusing to obey orders.

The protest spread to Solan, a military outpost near the Tibetan border, and the Rangers there led by Private James Daly, protested by grounding arms and refusing to obey orders

In August 88 mutineers were court- martialled at army headquarters at Simla seventy seven were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, 10 were acquitted, 14 were sentenced to death, 13 had had their sentences commuted to life in prison and some were given up to 20 years penal servitude.

Private James Daly, spokesperson for the Rangers in Salon, was executed by firing squad on November 2nd. 1920 and was the last member of the British forces to be executed for mutiny.

The Rangers were returned to England to serve the remainder of their sentences

After a number of weeks they were removed to prisons around England.

The Connaught Ranger mutineers were released on January 2nd. 1923 following an amnesty as part of the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty.

They returned to Ireland and became Ireland’s forgotten hero’s with families and communities seldom knowing all of the hardship they endured

In 1970 the remains of James Daly Peter Sears and Patrick Smyth were repatriated to Ireland

James Daly was buried in Tyrrellspass Co Westmeath. Patrick Symth and Peter Sears are buried in Glasnevin cemetery Dublin.

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 and young people.

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 link to see events in your area:

https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/events/location/sligo/

Or contact your local Sligo Library branch:

Ballymote Community Library: 0719111669

Friday:

Design Your Own Mug You paint it and we fire it with Hullabaloo Crafts: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Flower felting with Sue Basler of Sub Designs – Class Visit

Saturday:

Reptile Zoo on Tour –

Snakes, Hermit Crabs, Dragon Lizards and Scorpions on Display from Irish Reptile Zoo

Children Ages 3yrs-6yrs

Enniscrone Branch Library: 0719111653

Saturday 15th June

Face Painting – 11am – 1pm,

Walking Treasure Hunt (children must be accompanied by an adult) – 11:30am – 1pm,

Storytime – 1pm – 1:30pm,

Fun Talent Show – 1:30pm – 2pm (bring & play a musical instrument, sing a song/nursery rhyme, tell some jokes, say a poem etc)

Sligo Central Library: 0719111675 :

FRIDAY 14TH OF JUNE

9.30 – 10.30am  Story & Art event             Wayne O’Connor – Class Visit

9.30 – 10.30am  Badge making workshop               Catherine Fanning           Class Visit

Friday June 14th               3.30pm – 4.30pm             Dream jars          Dympna O’Driscoll           Open Event7 – 10 yrs old

Adventures of the Spanish Captain with Grange School :Drop In : 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Magic Dream Jar Workshop with Dympna : 3.30pm-4.30pm (Age7+) (Booked Out)

SATURDAY 15TH OF JUNE

Introduction to 3D Workshop with FabLab Manorhamilton :

Four Sessions:10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm

Blacksmithing & the Forge Demo with Michael Budd :

Drop In : 10.30am, 11.15am, 12Noon, 2.00pm and 3.00pm

Kids Warrior Yoga WITH SAOIRSE AND ZIA : Two Sessions: 10am & 10.45am

Sun Catcher Workshop with Sally : Drop In 11.30am – 1.00pm

The Flea Circus & Living with a Fairy with Jay Ryan 11.30am – 12.30pm

TwinkleToes Dance Workshop with Victoria Walker (Age 3-6): 2.00pm – 2.45pm

Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Victoria Walker (Age 7+): 2.45pm – 3.30pm (Booked Out)

Story Time with Bríanóg Brady Dawson (Granny’s Teeth) : 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Live Music in the Marquee with

Accident Prone, Statistic Life and The Contradictions: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

PLUS TREATS ON THE DAY!

Sligo Museum: 21st May – June 25th

‘Myth & Magic’ Ceramic Exhibition with Coolbock and Sooey National School plus Mercy College: 9.30am – 12.45pm, 2.00pm – 4.45pm

‘Myth & Magic’ talk with Mercy college students on Saturday 15th of June at 2.30pm

             

Tubbercurry Community Library: 0719111705

Hullabaloo T-Shirt Design. Class Visit.

Email: sligolib@sligococo.ie

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

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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REMOVAL OF LIBRARY FINES

From the 1st of January, library members will not have to pay fines for overdue items and no existing fines will be collected.

1. Why did the library service remove overdue fines?

The removal of fines is a key aim of the new public library strategy Our Public Library 2022: inspiring, connecting and empowering communities which was published jointly by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the County and City Management Association and the Local Government Management Agency and launched by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. in June 2018. The strategy states, ‘The library is a free lifelong resource that should be available to all without barriers or charges. Library charges have been shown to have a detrimental effect on library use by children and the disadvantaged. However, there is little evidence to show they ensure timely returns – rather they may actually dissuade members and users from returning overdue items. The elimination of overdue fines is another way for libraries to encourage people who might not regularly use the library to experience what they have to offer.
We are encouraging members of the public to return undamaged, overdue library items to their local libraries. There will be no fines to pay and we would be happy to reactivate your library membership for you to begin using your local library again.

2. Will overdue fines be removed on all materials?

There will be no overdue fines charged on any materials taken out from the library by library members from the 1st of January 2019.

3. Do I still have to pay a fine that was on my account prior to the library service becoming fine free?

All charges on members’ accounts as of the 1st of January 2019 will be removed.

4. I just paid off my late fines.

Do I get a refund? No. We do appreciate your responsible use of library materials. This new policy to eliminate overdue fines takes effect on the 1st of January 2019 and previously paid overdue fines will not be refunded.

5. Fines have been removed, so why does my account still have a balance?

Fines cannot be cleared from an account until the overdue item is returned to the library as the library management system does not charge fines to the account until this time. Once an item is returned, the system automatically charges the fine and this can then be cleared. Fines may be cleared on request by a library staff member, or a central clearing will take place once daily.

Overdue fines are being removed in libraries throughout Ireland from 1st January 2019. Fees for lost or damaged adult items will be charged and these will be shown as a balance on a library account.

Kiosks
Kiosks cannot remove fines, so library members who are charged fines at a kiosk will have to go to a member of staff to have them removed.

6. How will the library get people to return borrowed materials?

No fines does not mean no responsibility. You will continue to receive reminders and overdue emails to prompt you to return items to the library. Please return items on or before their due date to allow them to be borrowed by other library users. Please continue to renew your items online, by phone or in person at your local branch.

Please return overdue items once you receive an overdue notice. If there is an issue in returning the item, please contact a library staff member to discuss this.

If you do not either return an item or contact a library staff member to discuss an overdue item before you receive a third reminder, your card will be blocked from taking out or
renewing any further items, including e-books and e-audio books. Borrowing privileges cannot be restored until either the overdue item is returned, or you have made contact with a library staff member to discuss the matter.

7. When will I receive reminders about returning materials?

  • 3 Days Before Due Date: Reminder Email
  • 1 Day after Due Date: Reminder Email
  • 3 Weeks after Due Date: Reminder Email
  • 9 Weeks after Due Date: Item considered lost, card borrowing privileges blocked and user requested to present to the library

You can check the details of your membership including whether you have overdue items at any time by logging into your online account.

8. What happens if I lose or damage a book or other loan item?

There will be no replacement charge for children’s items which have been lost or damaged. Library members under 18 will not be asked to pay replacement costs. You will be asked to pay a replacement charge if the item which has been lost or damaged is an adult item. This cost will be calculated as the purchase price of the item.

Replacement charges can be paid at any library branch, regardless of where the item originated from.

Please note, if you have not notified the library of the loss or damage, your card will be temporarily blocked from borrowing or renewing items, including e-books and e-audio books until you make contact with a library staff member.