Friday, April 15, 2011

Ms READaTHON Presentation

MS READaTHON 2010 took place from 15th October to 15th November 2010 with 67,000 children participating. Promoted through public libraries and schools, the MS READaTHON encourages young people to read, while raising much needed funds for services for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Entries were also welcome from “grown-ups” and Book Clubs. A Prize Draw takes place annually for participants, teachers and librarians. Louise McGrath, Branch Librarian, Ballymote Branch Library submitted the winning entry on behalf of Sligo Library Services in the 2010 Librarian category. Pictured making a presentation to Louise are Mr Donal Tinney, County Librarian (left) and Mr Hubert Kearns, County Manager (right).

Library Stock take: Bridge Street Library

Sligo County Libraries Local Studies and Reference Library will close from 4.45pm on Friday 29th April and reopen at 9.30am on Monday 13th June. This closure is due to essential stocktaking which has resulted from recent flood damage. We regret any inconvenience caused. Internet and Wifi Access is available in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street. Enquiries to or ring us on 071 9111675. Thank You.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cathach Volume II & Photographic Exhibition launch!

Volume II of Sligo Libraries Services online Literary Journal The Cathach will be launched on Saturday 9th April, at 6pm, in Sligo Central Library, Stephen St, Sligo. The first issue, The Cathach Volume I, was launched in 2009 and can be viewed at Its aim was to “provide a new place for writing and painting, a kind of virtual reading room or annex off Sligo County Library where readers can come to find new work from writers both familiar and unfamiliar.” The Cathach Volume II will be launched by Mr. Vincent Woods, Writer, Broadcaster and presenter of Arts Tonight on RTE Radio 1. Volume II has been edited by Sligo Library Services Writer-in-Residence Brian Leyden. The contributors include writers Joseph O’Connor, Carlo G├ębler, Dermot Healy, Leland Bardwell, Mary Branley, Bernard MacLaverty, Mary O’Malley and artists Cormac O’Leary, Patricia Curran Mulligan, Cathy Carmen and Alice Maher. In his Editor’s Introduction Brian Leyden writes “The Cathach opens with Joseph O’Connor’s recognition that the battle of the books today pitches paper originals against electronic copies on the likes of Kindle and iPad. Whatever form the book takes, however, its concerns are manifestly human. A world-wide-web situated literary journal, this volume of The Cathach delights in the notion that where the future of ‘the book’ is concerned the true binding material is the rich experience of being human.” There will be a second launch on the evening, a Photographic Exhibition John Minihan: Sligo Portraits. John Minihan is a world renowned photographer equally famous for his success on Fleet Street and his portraits of writers. His Beckett portrait has been described as one of the greatest photos of the twentieth century.The exhibition, launched by Mr. Donal Tinney, Sligo County Librarian, will unveil John Minihan’s portrait of Sligo Library Services Writer-in-Residence Brian Leyden. Other portraits to be unveiled include Dermot Healy and previous Writer-in-Residence with Sligo Library Services; Niall Williams. The Exhibition will run from 9th April – 7th May 2011. All are welcome to attend on Saturday 9th April, at 6pm, in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street, Sligo. Contact 9111675 or