Clever Little Handies FREE Online Baby Sign Classes with Sligo Library. Weekly, starting Monday, 11th of January at 10.30am. Limited Space.

Clever Little Handies is a baby sign class for parents with babies from newborn up.

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.

Limited space of 15 with a waiting list of 5.

The Word is moving online with ZOOM, featuring author and poet, Stephen Sexton plus a performance by Simon Ferris and Rebecca Kennedy.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020 6:30PM

Online event. Book your space on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/128116611233

THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo, returns in November.

Featuring: Stephen Sexton, poet and author of If All The World and Love Were Young, winner of the 2019 Forward Prize for Best First Collection of Poetry. Stephen teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast.

(Celebrating Poetry Day Ireland: Chosen from over 12,000 entries, The Curfew by Stephen Sexton won the top prize of £5,000 in this year’s National Poetry Competition: https://www.rte.ie/culture/2017/0427/870865-stephen-sexton-meet-irelands-next-great-poet/)

(Dr Stephen Sexton, lecturer in Poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s, has won the prestigious EM Forster Award, announced by The American Academy of Arts and Letters in March: https://daro.qub.ac.uk/pages/daro/news/main-pages/stephen-sexton-em-forster-award-2020-?DeliveryChannelID=23b56292-0f3c-43ac-af13-7767ad9d4057)

Simon Ferris and Rebecca Kennedy performing their radio drama piece about lockdown that was aired on RTE’s Keywords programme.

Caragh Maxwell and David Byrne will moderate and facilitate the Q&A section of the evening.

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 sligolib@sligococo.ie. 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.

sligolib@sligococo.ie/ 0719111675

Schools Online Story Time

During these unprecedented times Sligo Library are unable to offer school visits, class story time sessions or other events for Primary Schools. Therefore, Sligo Library have created a 5 week Schools Online Storytime programme FREE for all Primary Schools in Sligo and we hope teachers and their classes in your school will join us for these online sessions.

The programme starts on Thursday 19thNovember and run each week on Thursday and Friday right up until the end of the 2020 calendar year. All sessions are under 10 minutes and will be broadcast on our Facebook page on Thursdays (1st, 2nd and 3rd Class) and Friday (4th, 5th and 6th Class) afternoons from 12pm each day.

All of the stories were read by Sligo Library staff members and will feature some of our favourite children’s books, authors, and are a great way to expose your students to authors, entertainment and open up valuable book discussions. We encourage teachers to submit comments/ask questions/look for recommendations on the videos as they go live on our Facebook page each week.

The below schedule will provide a weekly programme up until the end of the calendar year.

Week 1

  • Thursday 19th Nov from 12pm: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class
  • Friday 20th Nov from 12pm: 4th, 5th and 6th Class 

Week 2

  • Thursday 26th Nov from 12pm: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class
  • Friday 27th Nov from 12pm: 4th, 5th and 6th Class

Week 3

  • Thursday 3rd Dec from 12pm: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class
  • Friday 4th Dec from 12pm: 4th, 5th and 6th Class

Week 4

  • Thursday 10th Dec from 12pm: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class
  • Friday 11th Dec from 12pm: 4th, 5th and 6th Class

Week 5 – Extra special event exclusive to schools

Niall De Burca Story time. We have two from Niall, one to be premiered each day

  • Thursday 17th Dec from 12pm
  • Friday 18th Dec from 12pm

If you or a teacher within your school wishes to book your classes into the Schools Online Storytime programme please contact Stephen at shealy@sligococo.ie.

SOS Schools Online Story Time

Free Online Seminar with Shane Martin, Psychologist, Wednesday 18th November 2020, 8:00pm

Coping with a Changed World: Rising to the Challenges of Living during a Pandemic

With the advent of COVID-19 everything has changed. We find ourselves in a place where we were never before. Anxiety is the prevalent emotion of this time.

It’s hard to plan ahead and we humans like to know what is coming next. It’s very unsettling. We find ourselves uneasy and apprehensive about the future.

When facing uncertainty and upheaval we need not only to cope but to foster all the inner-strengths we can find to rise to new challenges.

Shane will offer strategies to help families cope with stress and anxiety and highlight our innate capacity not only to cope but to grow stronger during challenge.

To book your place Email office@moodwatchers.com  add Library Seminar in the Subject Line and you will then receive a Link to the Seminar

Places are limited to 80 attendees

Start A New Story


Sligo author, Eimear McBride is included in a new national campaign to celebrate Irish writers.

Sligo library is taking part in a new national campaign to celebrate Irish writers while encouraging everyone to discover ‘Rewarding Reads’ during Covid-19.

Libraries nationwide are joining with Creative Ireland to remind everyone that they can start a new story and discover lots of rewarding reads through their library, even while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

The ‘Rewarding Reads’ campaign is part of the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ programme, launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Recognising that we might all be looking for a little distraction over the coming winter months, [County] libraries are letting everyone know that a wealth of books for all ages and all interests are available through the library, and reading can be an excellent way to relax, escape, boost creative wellbeing or learn something new.

Online library services, including free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, will continue throughout all stages of the Government’s Living with Covid-19 plan. All library members have access to these services completely free, and anybody can join online at librariesireland.ie/join or by contacting your local library.

About the campaign

Launching on October 30th, the creative campaign uses Irish book titles to generate a new story. Each of the titles links with another to create a piece of flash fiction and a new story – with some humour and unexpected twists.

The campaign features a diverse range of Ireland’s literary icons, from classic writers to new talents, as well as books across all genres. Authors featured in the campaign include Flann O’Brien, Emma Dabiri, Vicky Phelan, Roddy Doyle, John Boyne and Sally Rooney.

“You can always escape into a good book and there are plenty to choose from at your library – even now while our doors are unfortunately closed you can still download eBooks and audiobooks to your device at home. Library membership is completely free and you can easily join online, so if you’re not already a members, what better time?”

The Word is moving online with ZOOM, featuring award winning author, Claire Keegan. Wednesday, 28th of October at 6.30pm.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020 6:30PM

Online event.

THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo, returns this year with one of Ireland’s greatest living writers, CLAIRE KEEGAN.

Click link for Eventbrite ticket

Claire Keegan’s debut collection of stories, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. The Observer called these stories: ‘Among the finest recently written in English’. It was also awarded the William Trevor Prize, judged by William Trevor.

In 2007, her second collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to huge critical acclaim and went on to win The Edge Hill Prize for the strongest collection published in The British Isles. The prize was adjudicated by Hilary Mantel.

Foster (2010) won The Davy Byrnes Award, then the world’s richest prize for a story. It judged by Richard Ford: “Keegan is a rarity-someone I will always want to read’.”

Keegan’s stories are published in English by Faber & Faber, have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, Best American Stories, won numerous awards – and are translated into 17 languages. She is internationally renowned as a teacher of creative writing.

‘The best stories here are so textured and moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savouring them many years from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying lofty new terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work’ – The New York Times (Walk the Blue Fields review)

The readings will be interwoven with music and song by Collette Sheerin.

Open Mic

There will be a discussion following the reading facilitated by writer/artist and IT Sligo Lecturer, Alice Lyons. The popular open mic session will follow the post-reading interview.

The Open Mic will be Limited to five attendees of the ZOOM event, with three minutes per person. If you are interested in performing in the Open Mic, you must request interest when booking your ticket, though this does not guarantee you will be reading. The first five people who express an interest, will be notified in advance of the event.

This event will be Live 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.

sligolib@sligococo.ie/ 071 9111675

Children’s Books Ireland presents, the Book Clinic, on our Sligo County Library Facebook page, to help you find your perfect book.

Is trying to find books for your children giving you a headache?

Do you have a patient age 0-18? Then Sligo Library has the prescription for you!

Children’s Books Ireland presents, the Book Clinic, on our Sligo County Library Facebook page, to help you find the perfect books.

The Book Doctors will be available on Saturday, 10th of October from 11am-12.30pm, to provide you a prescription for your reading needs.Sligo Library will also be on hand to guide you through our online services, including how to place a hold online at sligolibary.ie

All you have to do, is leave a comment below, giving your child’s age, likes/ dislikes and any other relevant information.

The Book Doctor will then reply to your comment with a diagnosis and prescription for your needs.

You can leave a comment any time between the 1st of October and the 10th of October: Click here to leave a comment.

The Book Doctor will be ready to see you on Saturday, 10th of October at 11.00am – 12.30pm

Sligo County Library Facebook event.Bríanóg Brady Dawson reads from her book, Danny Brown and his Daft Dog.

Friday 10th of July, join us on Facebook at 11.30am as Bríanóg Brady Dawson reads from her book, Danny Brown and his Daft Dog. Open To All

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Weekly Facebook Toddle Time Storytime

Join us every Wednesday at 10am for our weekly Toddle Time story time. With stories, songs and rhymes, there is something for everyone! https://www.facebook.com/SligoCountyLibrary/

(Age 0-8)

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