For parents with babies from newborn up.

Four weekly course beginning Monday 1st of November at 9.30am.

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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.

Monday 1st of November at 9.30am.

Monday 8th of November at 9.30am

Monday 15th of November at 9.15am

Monday 22nd of November at 9.15am

Limited to 10 places

With Sligo Library and Clever Little Handies

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

Children’s Book Month and Sligo Library

Sligo Library are working with schools across the county, to host events for Children’s Book Month.

  • Gerry Daly Author reading and illustration workshop
  • Wayne O’Connor workshop
  • Carmel Kelly talk on the LMS Leinster
  • Caroline Busher – Young Adult writer – book launch for The Legend of Valenitine Sorrow

All these events will be taking place on ZOOM

We also have our Reading Stars Bookclub for Age 9+. This month, we are reading The Hobbit and are meeting on ZOOM on Friday 29th of October.

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The Word, Wed 29th Sept with Elske Rahill. Author reading, Q&A and Open Mic with live music.

Join us for The Word, Sligo County Libraries monthly Author Reading, Q&A and Open Mic night with Elske Rahill, interviewed by Julianna Holland.

About this months author and interviewer:

Elske Rahill is an Irish-born novelist and short story writer.

Her first novel, Between Dog and Wolf, was published in 2013. ‘There is something new and wonderful happening here’ said the Irish Times, and the Irish Independent declared, ‘Rahill has singled herself out as an intriguing and definitive voice of a new generation of Irish writers.’ In 2019, the debut was listed by the Irish Times as one of ‘The Best Books by Women of the 20th Century’.

In the words of The Bookseller, her work explores ‘maternity, nurture, the inequality of social expectations and human compassion.’ She has won a literary bursary award four times from the Irish Arts Council. Her essays and short stories have appeared in literary journals from The Stinging Fly to Agni; the Winter Papers to The Faber Anthology of New Irish Short Stories. Of her short story collection, Kirsty Gunn said ‘In White Ink captures women and mothers caught inside their lives; Rahill’s art sets them free into ours.’ After reading her last novel, An Unravelling, Stevie Davis declared in The Guardian: ‘Rahill is a stylist of the highest calibre.’

Julianna Holland is a student and writer working in the Sligo. Having graduated with a BA in Writing & Literature, she is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Practice at IT Sligo. Julianna has been shortlisted by Fish Publishing, The Bridport Prize, placed third in The Bath Flash Fiction Award and was a finalist in Best Small Fictions 2017. She has been published in Banshee Literary Journal, The Bath Anthology and The Cormorant.

Alongside publication, Julianna was a filter judge for Cairde Word’s inaugural Short Story Award in 2021 and has participated in creative projects such as Walking Birds’ Mountain and Walking Keshcorran in association with the Tread Softly Festival, where she collaborated with cross-disciplinary artists in response to the landscape and folklore of Sliabh Dá Eán and the caves of Kesh. She was a contributor on Winter Embers, a short film in association with Featherheads and Dreamers at The Model Sligo.

Julianna has read at numerous events including representing Banshee Literary Journal at the Irish Writers Centre, at a tribute event in honour of Seamus Heaney, as a participant in Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s Vagabond Verses, in company with Una Mannion at The Dock and with Kevin Barry at The Word in Sligo Central Library. Kevin Barry subsequently selected work of Julianna’s published in The Cormorant to review on the RTÉ’ Radio 1 arts programme, Arena.

On the occasion of her graduation in 2020, Julianna was awarded the inaugural Dermot Healy Award by IT Sligo.

With music on the night. Open Mic limited to three spaces, email to reserve your space.


‘Music’s Coming Home’ is a weekend of free music with 2 great concerts in the Stephen Street Car Park on Friday October 1st and Saturday 2nd featuring Imelda May and a host of brilliant Sligo musicians.
The concerts will be FREE of charge and are produced by the Sligo Live team, supported by Sligo County Council and made possible by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

Tickets will go live for registration to the public from 10 am next Tuesday 21st September, from 

The gigs will be run strictly in accordance with the government’s guidelines and NPHET advice. Capacity will be 75% and all attendees must show proof they were vaccinated through an EU vaccination passport or other valid proof or that have recovered from Covid or have had a negative PCR test result within the past 48 hours

Friday evening’s concert is headlined by the wonderful Imelda May with her band. Ably supporting her will be Unwanted, the Sligo trio featuring Seamie O’Dowd, Cathy Jordan and Rick Epping. Another Sligo favourite, Dean Gurrie will open Friday’s proceedings at 7pm with a set from his recent album.

In keeping with the spirit of the event’s title, Saturday’s concert will be an all-local evening with a host of musicians from MusicCitySligo. Saturday’s headliners are an All Star Ensemble led by Kieran Quinn as musical director, featuring many of the professional musicians who have graced his shows over the past number of years. The collective, with over 20 musicians will be called Sligo All Star Ensemble for the night.

Next on the bill is the incomparable No Crows, followed by the resurgent Those Nervous Animals who have emerged from a long hiatus to again enthral audiences around the country with their catchy melodies. Amy O’Hara will open the show at 5pm with the first live set from her new album released during lockdown.

Producer, Willie Kelly, who has previously worked with her says “Imelda May loves Sligo audiences; she has starred in 3 Sligo Live festivals, 2008, 2012 and 2016 to full houses and brought the house down every time. She released her new album ’11 past the hour’ last April, which charted a #6 in the UK charts and #1 in Ireland, which makes her the only Irish female solo artist this century to have 4 number one albums and ties her with Beyonce and Madonna in second place for female artists with the most Number 1 albums in the Irish Charts this century (behind Ariana Grande). We are really looking forward to hosting her“

Sligo All Stars Ensemble led by Kieran Quinn as musical director will present some of Sligo’s most loved musicians including Sandy Kelly, Joe Hunt, Sinead Conway, Jamie Callaghan, Cathy Jordan, Eoin Troy and Francie Lenehan performing their favourite numbers backed by a red-hot band with Kieran on Keyboards, Seamie O’Dowd and Dave Flynn on guitars, Eddie Lee on Bass, Ken ‘Tonto’ McDonald on drums, Luke Devaney on Accordion/banjo, Maeve Gallagher, Jane Tansey and Aileen Masterson on backing vocals, Niamh Crowley and Marie O’Byrne on strings and a hot young horn section of Eddie Fitzpatrick, Fraser Gaine, Tom Ryan and Johannes Kavanagh.

Dynamic folk orchestra, No Crows have been performing their eclectic mix of folk/Trad fusion with gypsy jazz and classical influences, for 16 years. The band are Ed Lee on Bass, Ray Coen on vocals and guitar, Anna Houston on cello and mandolin, Filipe Carbonell on guitar and the duelling fiddles of Oleg Ponomarev and Waterboy, Steve Wickham leading the way. No Crows heady mix of original tunes and songs has been a hugely popular attraction in venues from Ireland to Switzerland.

Those Nervous Animals are Barry Brennan and Susan Rowland’s vocals, Eddie Lee’s bass, Padraig Meehan on rhythm guitar and longstanding contributor Seamie McGowan making his customary mischief on guitar synth. Gerry Leonard (ex-David Bowie) also on guitar. Their ‘MISSION Sessions’ album, 30 years in the making, has won very favourable comment from the critics. [They] “… ooze varying states of funkiness” – Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times. “There is a cohesion and sense of unity that ties it together and signifies a band still in fine fettle” – Lauren Murphy, Irish Times“They still sound relevant, perhaps even more so than when their creators were young” – Will Russell, Hot Press MagazineWhile both the concerts are free of charge, tickets will be required together with proof of vaccination, recovery or a valid test result.

Full details of Ticket availability date and what is required to obtain them will be published in the local press and on-line next week.

Capacity is limited and admission will only be available with a valid ticket or ticket code.

Writer in Residence 2021 – 2022 as part of the Sligo Decade of Centenaries Programme.

“Identity and Transformation; from Partition to the Present”

Sligo County Libraries Writer in Residence 2021 – 2022 as part of the Sligo Decade of Centenaries Programme.

Sligo County Library service wishes to engage a writer to facilitate a programme of workshops and literary events for two years beginning in autumn 2021. This residency will look at the theme of Identity and Transformation; from Partition to the Present. Together with participants from across the community the writer will explore topics such as the legacy of fractured communities, the potential held within new communities and the power of reflecting on the past to honour its lessons.

The Writer in Residence will oversee the editing, design and production of a publication to reflect the best of writing from the residency across the generations.

The residency will be for a period of two years commencing in 2021, in order to allow for the necessary engagement with communities throughout County Sligo in 2021 and to fulfil the brief as outlined.

Please send your application in the form of a Curriculum Vitae along with a brief proposal (500 words max.) of your vision for the Writer-in-Residence project by Wed 22nd September 2021 for the attention of County Librarian Donal Tinney by email only to

CLOSING DATE: Wed 22nd Sept 2021, 5PM

For further details please download the Writer in Residence DOC brochure

Autumn eBook and eAudiobook recommendations with the Borrowbox App

Step into September with a selection of Autumn Reads, recommended by Sligo Library.

We have thousands of FREE books available for you to access, anytime, anywhere, with the Borrowbox app.

All you need is FREE Sligo membership and the FREE Borrowbox app.

Use eBooks and eAudiobooks to help develop your child’s reading skills. Books can be read aloud or listened to and which can help pronunciations and phonics.

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

Sligo Library Public Holiday

Sligo Libraries will be closed on Saturday, 31st of July.

You can access our always, open, digital services anytime from anywhere in the world:

Plus, details of our online Summer Stars Reading Challenge: