FREE Online Needlefelt Craft Four Week Workshop

Learn how to craft a Needlefelt picture with Susan Basler, textile Artist

Four week Free Online Needlefelt Workshops

Learn how to craft a Needlefelt picture with Susan Basler, textile Artist

7:30pm Online via Zoom

  • Tuesday 9th February,
  • Tuesday 16th February,
  • Tuesday 23rd February
  • Tuesday 2nd March

Limited places, email to register and receive your materials pack in advance

Sligo Library Online Access

A FREE course on using our online services

books, magazines, newspapers, learning

all online | all free

Sligo Library offers a FREE online service whichyou can use:

  • any time,
  • any where
  • with your FREE Sligo Library Membership card.

Join us on ZOOM for a FREE 3 week course on Library Online Access

– Week 1: Thursday 21st Jan @ 12pm

– Week 2: Thursday 28th Jan @ 12pm

– Week 3: Thursday 4th Feb @ 12pm

**Access to laptop/ smartphone or ipad/ tablet is required.

We will show you how to:

  • Join Sligo Library online
  • Use your Library membership
  • eBooks and eMagazines Access
  • Newspapers and Online Learning

Reserve your place now:

  • email or
  • phone 0719111675

*Limited space*

The Word in January featuring Eileen Myles. Sligo Library: FREE. ON ZOOM


Book your ticket at Eventbrite:

Online event.

THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo, is back for 2021

Featuring: Eileen Myles, poet, subsequently novelist, public talker and art journalist.

Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently novelist, public talker and art journalist.

A Sagittarius, their 22 books include For Now, evolution, Afterglow, I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems, and Chelsea Girls.

In 2019 they wrote and directed an 18-minute super 8 film, The Trip, a puppet road film. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, 4 Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

In 2016, they received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 Myles received a poetry award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In 2020 they got the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. They live in New York and Marfa, TX.

ALONGSIDE Eileen Myles, is Poet, Oilibhéar Diarmuid.

Oilibhéar Diarmuid began writing poetry at the age of 19 and has written some 400 poems in the three years since then. He is a final year student in IT Sligo’s Writing and Literature programme, where he is working on a portfolio containing a fictionalised dream diary and a poetry collection. He has been published twice in The Cormorant, a Sligo broadsheet, and has had six of his poems published on Poethead. He and classmate Jessamine O’Connor won first prize in Comórtas Filíochta Chultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich for his Irish translation of her poem Fáilte. He writes in both Irish and English and translates his own poems. His poetry focuses mostly around the idea of “arthouse love” – the study of communication through wordlessness in relationships, particularly queer ones. He currently lives in Ventry, Co. Kerry.

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.

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 eight 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 JANUARY.

The first eight people who express an interest, will be notified in advance of the event.

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

LGBTQIA+ Collection

Sligo Libraries are excited to create a new, community-led, LGBTQIA+ collection for the whole community, with the help of a grant secured from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability Integration and Youth. We want our collection to be made up of what people in the community want, (LGBTQIA+ Books, DVDs, Zines, Self-Published etc., fact or fiction, educational or entertainment). Please let us know what you think should be there for you, or for your friends and family, with our simple form, (see below). It could be something that really helped you, or one you would like to be able to borrow rather than buy. Representation and information are so important to help us understand ourselves and each other. By improving access to these we hope that this new collection will also help to promote inclusion.

Use our quick Google form to send Lou at Sligo Libraries your suggestions (or copy and paste: Their email is on the form if you have any questions!

Our monthly literary event The Word, online Wednesday 24th February, will launch the collection with LGBTQIA+ activist and community icon Ailbhe Smyth and Ireland’s Premiere Non-Binary Drag Entity, Avoca Reaction.

Free Online Resiliance and Mindfulness Webinars, with Psychologist, Shane Martin

Sligo Libraries, as part of the Healthy Ireland at Your Libraries programme, are delighted to present a Free Online Webinar series with Shane Martin, Psychologist C.Psychol.Ps.S.I. beginning tomorrow and every Thursday in January.

7:00pm Thursday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th January 2021, via Zoom

Simply click on the link on the evening to join. Links can also be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages. No registration needed.

Week 1

Your Precious Life – How to Live it Well with Shane Martin

7th January 2021 7:00 pm

This seminar will outline simple, practical, and most importantly, evidence-based strategies linked to a better quality of life. The hope is that it will uplift and inspire change in the lives of those who attend but even more importantly inspire participants to incorporate it into their homes, workplaces and communities.

Over many decades science has made a wonderful contribution in helping us understand negative emotion. The emphasis on deficits, disorders and disease has allowed for effective interventions to be developed in order to help and support people who are unwell or unhappy.

But why wait until we are unwell to learn about becoming healthier? Why wait until we are unhappy to explore happiness?

In recent years psychologists have started to examine positive emotion. This research has focused on what makes people happier, what gives them more meaning and purpose in life, and what measures they can take to lead to overall greater health.

Week 2

Minding Ourselves with Shane Martin

14th January 2021 7:00 pm

At the root to a lot of unhealthy stress is irrational thinking. We are all thinking beings and we have an ‘internal dialogue’ going on in our minds, almost as if we are talking to ourselves. However, we only ever express a fraction of this thinking. These private thoughts directly impact on our feelings and consequently how we interact with others. When emotionally distressed we can make conclusions about ourselves, others and the world without recourse to the ‘voice’ of reason. This is why we do not all make the same sense of the same things. The very best of us are vulnerable to illogical, irrational and unhelpful thinking, particularly when emotional or under pressure. In a climate of increasing stress due to changes within the work environment we need to make the best possible sense of changes and challenges.

How thinking affects how we feel and behave will be demonstrated. Staff will learn about unhelpful thinking and belief systems. They will learn how to become more rational and compassionate in their approach to work and life in general. Evidence- based strategies that are linked to positive mental health and help keep us positive during challenging times will be taught.

Week 3

The Science of ‘Bouncibility’ (Resilience) with Shane Martin

21st January 7:00 pm

Life is an imperfect journey and crisis is guaranteed. There will always be setbacks and misfortunes. Resilience is the ability to adapt to the challenges of life. It’s about bouncing back rather than falling apart. If you are strong in resilience you have this ‘bouncibility’ and can harness your inner strengths and coping mechanisms. Others need to learn the skills at the heart of resiliency. If life is full of challenges then we need to know how to not only withstand the pressure but to thrive in adversity.

If you are low in resilience, you will focus too much on your problems and deficits and be overwhelmed during challenges. You will be drawn towards unhealthy conclusions and become more vulnerable instead of stronger. Becoming more resilient will not mean that problems disappear. It does not mean that you have to become ‘as hard as nails’. Resilience is more about learning how to cope – tapping into our own resources and fostering inner-strengths in order to stay ‘standing’ during and after crisis.

Science has uncovered specific traits/factors that can be utilised at work and in our lives in general. This seminar outlines evidence-based strategies linked to greater outcomes during challenge and change.

Week 4

Fostering Creativity for the sake of our health and happiness with Shane Martin

28th January 7:00 pm

Many people assume that creativity is something we had as a child but lost, or something gifted to specific individuals that are naturally ‘talented’. But science has shown that, in many ways, we are all wired to create. Creativity is multifaceted—on the level of the brain, personality, and the creative process. It can be displayed in many different ways. New studies suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being. By cultivating some creativity in our lives we can potentially reduce our vulnerability to stress and enhance our levels of life satisfaction.

Sligo County Library Update: Level 5 Restrictions until further notice

In accordance with Level 5 COVID-19 guidelines, from Sunday, December 27th 2020, Sligo Library will be providing an Online Access Service, ONLY.

Our counter and Call & Collect services are suspended during Level 5.

Items on loan will be auto-renewed.

Stay safe and enjoy our eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers, eLanguage and eLearning courses, and events online.

In line with Government guidelines, this will be reviewed as advised.

Sligo County Council Libraries Ireland

Access Sligo Library Online, Anywhere, Anytime

As we enter into Level 5 restrictions, we have plenty of options for you to access.


eBooks and eAudiobooks:

Magazines and Language Courses:

Online Newspaper Access:

Online Learning Courses:

We have a selection of video’s to keep your little ones entertained, with story time and puppet making, plus many more, featuring Niall De Burca plus our own staff, these are all available on the Sligo Library Youtube Channel.

If you have an interest in Sligo History, we have a selection of video’s as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorations, 1918-1923. These include:

Pádraig Duignan discusses Linda Kearns (1920/21)
Nurse Linda Kearns, native of Dromard, Co. Sligo, arrested November 1920 transporting firearms for the IRA.
Michael Farry Lecture on the Chaffpool Ambush

You can also watch back episodes of The Word

Claire Keegan at The Word with Sligo Library
A very special episode of The Word took place at Sligo Central Library with Dacre Stoker

There is a lot more content available for you to view any time on our YouTube channel. We hope you get a chance to watch and enjoy them

We look forward to 2021 for another packed schedule. See you then.

Decade of Centenaries Sligo – Online Lecture Series

As part of their Decade of Centenaries programme, Sligo Libraries have created a series of short online lectures. These recorded discussions will feature historical events of Sligo significance commemorated during the Decade of Centenaries.

These talks are illuminating events, people and places from a century ago. The materials accompanying these talks are from the local studies library, and also from the contributor’s collections.

Dr. Michael Farry’s lecture is on the Chaffpool Ambush which took place on 30th September 1920.

Dr Padraig Deignan’s lecture is on Linda Kearns, her life and times.

Local Historian and author Joe McGowan will lecture on the Moneygold Ambush which took place on the 25th October 1920.

Michèle Cashman, Librarian at the Local Studies Section of Sligo County Library, will deliver a talk on behalf of Dr. Rev. Peter C. Humphries on The History of the Sligo Congregational Church (1780-1939). This talk will coincide with a forthcoming publication by Sligo Library of a pamphlet written by Rev. Dr Peter C. Humphries on the SCC.

Simone Hickey will give a lecture on the Sligo Connection to WWI and of some of those soldiers from Sligo who died in the conflict with input from Michael Kirby. Tommy Higgins will also be on hand to provide information on Lest Sligo Forgets, the campaign to commemorate those from Sligo who died in WWI.

On behalf of Donal Tinney and Sligo Libraries I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our contributors, who took part in the Online Lecture Series under rather challenging circumstances.

Wednesday 9th December from 8pm: Dr.Padraig Deignan – Linda Kearns, her life and times Joe McGowan Local Historian  – The Moneygold Ambush. Sligo County Library Youtube abd Facebook Page

Wednesday 16th – December from 8pm, Dr. Michael Farry – The Chaffpool Ambush / Michèle Cashman on behalf of Dr. Peter C. Humphries – The Sligo Congregational Church 1780-1939 Sligo County Library Youtube abd Facebook Page

Wednesday 23rd December from 8pm: Lest Sligo Forgets with Simone Hickey, Tommy Higgins and Michael Kirby Sligo County Library Youtube abd Facebook Page

Christmas Crafting with Sligo Library Online Services

Needle felt Christmas decoration crafting with Susan Basler, textile artist. (Workshop for Adults)

Free online workshop via Zoom

Packs for all participants sent out in advance

Tuesday 15th December 2020 8:00pm

**Limited places**

Email to register

Paper Craft Wreath Making with Jen (Craft workshop for Children)

Join us online for a children’s craft.

We will be making fun and festive holiday wreaths. Packs containing all the materials that you’ll need (except for your own scissors and glue!) will be available in Central, Ballymote and Enniscrone libraries on December 11th and 12th.

An online instructional video will follow on December 18th.

**Supplies are limited**


Notice for Sligo County Library

Call and Collect, counter service, limited browsing and e-services will be available from Tuesday 1st December in Sligo Central Library and Ballymote Community Library and from Wednesday 2nd December in Enniscrone Branch Library.

Due to essential building works Tubbercurry Community Library remains closed.

COVID-19 advice restricts us from offering PC access, printing, seating and branch events during Level 3 restrictions.

All Library membership is renewed to allow continued access to our e-services.

Notice re. Tubbercurry:

Tubbercurry Community Library will be closed for all levels of service until February 2021, to facilitate essential buildings works for the provision of a meeting room and public toilet.

We regret any inconvenience caused. For enquiries please telephone 071 9111850 or email