Bealtaine in Kilkenny Libraries!

Kilkenny County Library

May 2014

Almost 1,000 people have taken part in events so far...

It's been a hectic few weeks all around the county with Libraries participating in the Bealtaine Festival. Almost 1,000 people have so far taken part in some of the events we organised for older people! So far we had dancing circles, a rambling house with dance board, crafts classes, relaxation and healthy eating workshops, creative writing and Mosaic lessons.

We have more events on the way, and better still most are free!! Check out your local Library, and make use of your community service!

Ferrybank Library

Drama in the Library: We welcome Slieverue Active Retirement Association with their play called “Settling In” which concludes the Bealtaine Festival.  Members of the group will also provide additional entertainment afterwards. Something for all to look forward to. Tuesday 27th May 3-4pm.

Make a Storysack: Would you like to help your child to learn in a fun way? What better way to get a child interested in reading than by getting them involved with the story in the book. Imagine the fun of not only reading about the characters of the story but also making related puppets or other crafts . This is a fun way for parents and children to read stories together. Work of the present group is currently on display in the library & our local infant classes have had a great time at our special “Storysack” readings on their recent library visits. We are now taking names for our next classes starting in September. This is your chance to bring your child’s favorite story to life.

Book Club:  Our resident book club meets on Wednesday 28th May at 5.30pm. The book for discussion this month is “This is how it ends” by Kathleen McMahon.

Community Room:  The library has a large room which can be booked for community use.  Lots or our regular groups take a break  for the summer so  a lot of time slots are freed up. Talk to Trish to discuss your needs.

Summer Hols: Planning a city break or beach holiday. So remember  whether you’re off to the Costa del Sol or Cuba the library stocks a large range of travel guides including the popular Rough Guides, Lonely Planet & Eyewitness guides

Contact:051 897200

Thomastown Library

Book Club news: The book discussed at the last meeting of Thomastown book club was ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy.  It is fair to say it got a mixed response with half loving the book and the other half, not so much, but that is what makes for an interesting and varied discussion!

The next meeting of the book club will be held on Wednesday June 4th from 2.15pm and the book to be discussed is ‘The inheritance of loss by Kiran Desa.  New members welcome.

New books! Non-fiction and fiction new titles arriving each month, please don’t hesitate to ask us for new titles or call us on 056 7794331 with new titles you would like to request.

Books to listen to! With summer holiday season upon us don’t forget to check out our Audio books on download a book of your choice onto your phone, pc or mp3 player and bring your books on holiday without the excess baggage!

Contact: 056/7794331

Castlecomer Library

Ceol and craic! Last week’s Rambling House was a great success, with over 250 attending! We thanks all who made this Bealtaine event such a success!

Memories are made of this! This exciting venture for Bealtaine between the Library and local schools has resulted in a fantastic exhibition of old photos and the stories behind them!

We asked students to talk to older relatives, find an interesting old photograph, and tell us the story behind it! Featured are threshing days, wedding group shots, mining,farming and much more!

This display of over 70 photo essays will be on display for the next few weeks!

Schools! We invite schools to avail of our free Class Visit programme. We offer information on information gathering for genealogy, school projects, and much more! Booking essential, ring 4440561.

Crafts: The Nattering Knitters Group has grown in recent times, and recently went on their annual Day Trip! The group has plans to work with an Arts Office embroidery Project during July.

Book clubs: The Afternoon Book Club will meet on Tuesday May 27th at 2.30 to discuss “Transatlantic” by Colm McCann

Pageturners meet on Thursday 29th May to discuss “The Dinner” by Hermann Koch.

Contact details: 056/4440561

Graignamanagh Library

Bealtaine: May 29th “Fuss on the Bus” at 11am FREE comedy show All Welcome

New  books in stock Be Careful what you wish for by Jeffery Archer, The State we’re in by Adele Parks, Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain, Concealed in Death by JD Robb, Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope, The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith, The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly, The One plus One by Jojo Moyes. We have some new Non Fiction in stock Cystic Fibrosis, Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Teaching English as a foreign language, Easy way to stop smoking, 100 Questions & answers about Hip replacement and also a selection of Travel Guides

Driver Theory test 6th edition available at the library. 

Mystery books for adults and children. All of the titles are wrapped up tight, with their barcodes written on the outside so we can issue them to your library card. The idea is that you’ll go home with something you’d never normally pick up yourself, and hopefully find a new favourite author in the process. And it’s always nice to get an unexpected present!

Crafty Crew meets every Wednesday from 10.30 to 12.00

Author of the month is Nora Roberts we have a selection of her books on display in the library.

Selecton of forms  available in the library (eg)  Passport, driver licence, motor tax, please ask at the desk.  

Exhibition space available for any art, craft or memorabilia.

Internet access, printing and photocopying available in the library

Contact: 056/7794178.

Urlingford Library

Urlingford Library celebrated Bealtaine with 'Sweet Memories' which was a trip down memory lane recalling happy times and family. We also got quite fussed with 'Fuss on the Bus' – a lively and entertaining piece of drama from Carnation Theatre. We would like to thank all who attended these events and hope that you enjoyed them. For those who didn’t make it, you missed this bus!

Contact: 056/7794182

Loughboy Library

Ciorcal Comhra Gaeilge

Simple Irish Conversation gatherings for adults continue on Wednesdays at 11am. All levels are welcome. Tar isteach agus bain triail as!

New Books

Watch The Late Late Show and then get the book at Loughboy library. Recently added to stock are “A Heart So Big” by Rio Hogarty, “Dear Ross” by Evelyn O’Rourke and “Fluent in Three Months” by Benny Lewis.

Library membership is free for children, students and unwaged.

Donal Ryan at Loughboy Library Thursday June 26th at 7.30pm: Winner of the Irish Book of the Year 2012 and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2013 we are delighted to present Donal Ryan as speaker for our annual Book Lovers Night.

Author Jennifer Johnston said that his first book “The Spinning Heart” was “the best novel I’ve read for years and years” and his follow-on book “The Thing about December” has also received rave reviews.  Blogger Lorna Sixsmith will also speak at the event and Liz Walsh from Stonehouse Books, Kieran St will provide a pop-up bookshop. All book clubs and book lovers are welcome.

Book Club Meetings: Hard Backs club will meet next Tuesday (June 3rd) at 10.30am and Riveting Reads on Thursday (June 5th) also at 10.30am.

Contact: 056/7794176

Read from our online Magazines!

Zinio is a download format that can be linked to any library’s website, providing access to digital magazines for every Library borrower. The service is available on android and apple devices as well as PC’s and other mobile devices. The service is available 24 hours and day, seven days a week. All that is required is an account and internet access. We offer 25 popular titles such as National Geographic magazine, Woman and Home, Ask any staff member for further information. Download from the Kilkenny Library website.

John’s Quay Library

Our Book Club’s choice for the month is “The Book Thief”, and the meeting is (today) Wed 28th from 11.30 – 12.30. All are welcome!

Beading and Jewellery making workshop on Thursday May 29th from 11am – 1pm.

An introduction to mindfulness with Glosna House on Wednesday 4th June.

Contact: 056/7794174

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