Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist announced!

'This year's prize judges can breathe out, briefly at least. Faced with scaling a gargantuan mountain of books – a daunting 151 of them – they have reached the first plateau, panting and aching no doubt, and whittled out a longlist for the 2013 prize. The “Man Booker dozen” comprises an eclectic list of 13 novels that will surprise and intrigue in equal measure.

Of the various predictions that have been bandied about as to what might be on the list none have even got close. This year's judges, yet again, have shown themselves to be independent of fashion. Diverse doesn't quite do the longlist justice: seven different countries are represented on it and there is a strong hand of established authors selected (Tash Aw, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann, Charlotte Mendelson and Colm Tóibín) mixed with first timers. Only Crace and Tóibín have previously appeared on Man Booker shortlists – Crace with Quarantine (1997) and Tóibín with The Blackwater Lightship (1999) and The Master (2004)'. Man booker Prize website 23rd July 2013

For a full listing of the longlisted titles please visit the official website

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sligo Libraries 'National Playday' Colouring Competition

The aim of National Play Day is to help increase public awareness of the importance of play. Promoting play is a key policy response to improving outcomes for children and supporting children’s physical and social development. Play is integral to children’s lives. National Play Day is an opportunity to link activities already undertaken by Local Authorities and many other locally based providers, youth and sporting organisations.
Ballymote Community Library Entries

Sligo Libraries ran a number of events throughout its branch network for National Recreation Week and National Playday, one of which was a colouring competition of “Nina The Owl”. The winning entries from Central Library, Tubbercurry & Ballymote Library customers can be seen in the various images.

Sligo Central Library Winners
Tubbercurry Library Entries

The image selected to be coloured in was that of Nina The Owl who is “EU guardian of children’s right to go to school and get an education.” Entries were received from a number of playgroups, pre-schools and afterschool homework clubs throughout County Sligo.  Sligo County Library Service wishes to acknowledge the support given by Sligo County Childcare Committee with regard to the distribution of entry forms and to the Department of Children & Youth Affairs for funding the events.

Tubbercurry Community Library Entries

Friday, July 12, 2013

E-books now available at Sligo County Libraries

 Downloadable eBooks are now available for all our customers with Sligo Libraries. This user friendly service has a range of books, which we will slowly add to, in all genres. Click on the following link  to go to Sligo Libraries ePlatform, where you can easily register.

To register you will need your User Id Number (which is printed beneath the barcode on the back of your library card) and a unique Pin No. of your choosing. Once your details are submitted they will need to be confirmed by Sligo Libraries before you can start borrowing. You will be informed of your successful registration by email.

Once successfully registered you can begin downloading to your reader; however you will need to download an ‘e-book reader App’ specific to your device. For more information on this please click on the link below for the ePlatform help page.

Contact Sligo Library at  if you encounter any problems. Happy reading!