🌟 Summer Stars Story Competition: An Unexpected Adventure 🌟

This year we are moving online. As well as enjoying all the amazing worlds you visit when reading books, Summer Stars is celebrating your imagination by running a short story competition.

Public libraries are calling on all 6 – 18 year olds to write a story, no more than 500 words, on An Unexpected Adventure. There are three age categories: age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18. ✏️

There will be 15 finalists and one national winner in each category. Each winner will receive a tablet and each finalist will receive a €50 voucher. That’s a lot of great prizes and a lot of chances to win!🎁

We have some good news for those taking part in the Nationwide Summer Stars competitions!🌟🥳

In addition to a Tablet for the winner of each category, Bolinda will publish the three winning stories on BorrowBox and we will work with the Summer Stars illustrator to design a book cover for each one. It will be great to see the winners enjoy seeing their work as a published ebook!📚📲

Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan (the national judging panel) have also kindly agreed to host a Zoom event for the finalists in each category i.e. they will take one category each, so three in total. 💻

All entries to be submitted in digital copy to summerstarsstory@lgma.ie by 5pm on 31st August.

Let your imagination take you on an unexpected adventure and start writing today.

See here: https://www.librariesireland.ie/…/story-competition-an-unex…

CONTACT AND COLLECT

CONTACT AND COLLECT
A new library system for a safe lending service via a ‘Contact and Collect ’ model.

How it works

Contact and Collect is available through email at contactandcollect@sligococo.ie. *It is important that you include your phone number and Library Membership, with your correspondance.
• Indicate your preferred branch library for collection
• Each library member will be limited to 3 items at a time.
• Selection is limited to available Sligo stock only at www.sligolibrary.ie (See images Below)
• Once your request has been received it will be processed on a first come first served basis.
• If your requested item is not available, an alternative title will be offered as an option.
• Library users will receive an email or text to indicate a collection day and time at your designated branch library

In order to process orders quicker, it is essential, you provide the following information:

  • Name   
  • User ID
  • Requested items (author/title/genre/age group for Juvenile stock, if specific titles not requested)
  • Number/email
  • Library that the patron will collect the items in

If you do not have an email address, you can phone your nearest branch Library, during dedicated hours, indicated in the table below.

CONTACT AND COLLECT DEDICATED BRANCH HOURS

BranchDayTimeContact
Sligo Central LibraryTuesday, Thursday and Saturday9.30am – 4.45pm0719111675
Tubbercurry Community LibraryWednesday and Friday
Saturday
9.30am – 4.45pm
9.30am – 1.30pm
0719111705
Ballymote Community LibraryWednesday and Friday
Saturday
9.30am – 4.45pm
9.30am – 1.30pm
0719111669
Enniscrone LibraryWednesday and Friday
Saturday
9.30am – 4.45pm
9.30am – 1.30pm
0719111653

Limit your search to Sligo Stock Only, (Including, Ballymote, Enniscrone an Tubbercurry) . If an item is not available, it means cannot be checked out on the ‘Contact and Collect’ system.

  • Limit your search to Sligo Stock Only, (Including, Ballymote, Enniscrone an Tubbercurry).
  • If an item is not available (as indicate), it means cannot be checked out on the ‘Contact and Collect’ system.
  • Look for available stock (as indicated), to satisfy your search, send us an email with your name and library card membership number (at the back of your library card underneath the barcode) and the list of the 3 books you want to contactandcollect@sligococo.ie

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

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.

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

Ian Carty Ceramics– Clay modelling & competition at 2.40pm

Ian makes ceramic vessels destined mainly for low temperature firing techniques, using glazes pushed to the edge Ian revels in collaborations with forces that are never entirely under his control, such as fire, chemical reduction and environmental conditions. Much of Ian’s wall art is an expression in three dimensions of enchanted Irish landscapes and mythology while the hummingbird symbolizes love, joy and beauty,
Ian has been a finalist in RTEs TV series Craft master in 2011, Won a highly commended Award at the RDS showcase 2014, Winner of the Gallery Zozimus Award at the National Irish ceramics awards 2014, 3rd place in the Lissadell art competition 2014, 2nd place in the YB Yeats Great 150th celebrations Art competition 2015, His work has been featured in John Goodes Book The best of Irish ceramics and Ian has participated in several group and solo exhibitions since 2011.
Ian Carty’s experiments with materials and firing conditions, and explorations into surface texture and colour, result in unique pieces which celebrate the complex and beautiful interactions of clay, glaze and smoke.
Ian exhibits regularly in solo and group shows throughout Ireland London and the USA

Materials needed.

Air drying clay 
Rolling pin 
Non stick surface ply wood or mdf is good
Craft knife (blunt) or a kitchen knife
Ruler 
a small painting brush
sharp pencil

(Material can be bought online https://www.sgeducation.ie/)

We will have a number of competitions throughout the day.

Each competition will have three age categories:

Under 5

Age 5-8

Age 9+
There will be a prize awarded for each category.
Submissions can be added to the Comment section under each event using #creativeireland or, submitting by Direct Messaging.


Competition Deadline is Friday, 26th of June at 4pm.


Go on, have a go, unleash your creative spirit and you might win a prize!
#CreativeIreland #inthistogether

Linda Fahrlin Illustration Workshop & Competition at 2pm

Linda Fahrlin is an Illustrator best known for her colourful and retro-inspired illustrations. Atlantic Art Studios (former Supertrooper Studio) is based in the NorthWest of Ireland.

To make your Aquarium you’ll need:

– Card board box or shoe box.

(If you don’t have one handy you can work on a sheet of paper until you find a box to glue your background and fish into.)

– Paper

– Scissors

– Glue or sticky tape

– Pens and a pencil or watercolours

– Piece of string or sewing thread for the fish

– Any decorations you’d like to use. 

You can also keep adding to your aquarium and look around your garden or seaside for rocks, bits and pieces that your fish can play with. Look at the Sligo coastline, what do you see?  Be inspired by shells, seals, crabs, lobsters, seaweed, kelp, fish, lighthouses. Happy Making!

We will have a number of competitions throughout the day. Each competition will have three age categories:
Under 5

Age 5-8

Age 9+
There will be a prize awarded for each category.
Submissions can be added to the Comment section under each event using #creativeireland or, submitting by Direct Messaging.


Competition Deadline is Friday, 26th of June at 4pm.


Go on, have a go, unleash your creative spirit and you might win a prize!
#CreativeIreland #Inthistogether

Tommy Baker Puppet Show at 11.40am, 3.10pm and 3.40pm

Our take on puppetry is highly interactive; we approach each audience with the understanding that this is for them – we want to give them an experience to remember, something to think about and a smile on their face. 

One of the best tools for education is entertainment and that humour is one of the most undervalued resources. The ideas behind our shows are to inspire and fire up the imagination, to ask the “what if’s” and take nothing for granted – and hopefully sometimes they show different perspectives of how people live and who we are. Puppetry is a way of sharing stories about life; it nourishes our emotional intelligence and childhood spirit.

For Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Your Man’s Puppets will perform a mad mix of stories, puppetry and live music.

Join them for a mixture of spontaneity and deliberate chaos as Your Man’s Puppets bring stories to life using traditional storytelling along with beat boxing, throat singing, didgeridoo and a touch of electronics amongst other things!

This will be a completely unique story telling experience so don’t miss it. 

One of the best tools for education is entertainment and that humour is one of the most undervalued resources. The ideas behind our shows are to inspire and fire up the imagination, to ask the “what if’s” and take nothing for granted – and hopefully sometimes they show different perspectives of how people live and who we are. Puppetry is a way of sharing stories about life; it nourishes our emotional intelligence and childhood spirit.

You will need:

1 piece of medium sized cloth
a handful of elastic/rubber bands
wadding/stuffing for the head of the puppet

Niall De Búrca at 10am and 3.25pm

Story Telling with Niall De Búrca at 10am

Niall de Búrca is one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers. He was raised in Galway and displayed a talent for narrative from a young age. At home he has featured in theatre, radio and at many festivals including Féile Earraai, the CS Lewis Festival, and The National Children’s Book Festival. Abroad he has performed and held workshops in countries as diverse as Poland, Argentina, Italy and The Netherlands.