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Updated: 2017-03-25T14:08:52.498+00:00


Ballybane Library Music Collection


Ballybane Library are currently highlighting their music collection, why not pop in and browse their extensive selection of classical music CDs

'One Book, One Tuam'


Tuam Library

'One Book, One Tuam'... will take place during the month of March.
This year, children and adults will be reading 'Wonder' by R .J. Palacio.
Classes from Mercy Primary and Presentation will visit Tuam library to become members and take a copy of the book with them.

Oranmore Library closed for maintenance


Oranmore Library will be closed on Tuesday 28th February until Tuesday 7th of March inclusive for essential maintenance work. We will reopen Wednesday 8th March at 11am.
Patrons can renew their books online at alternatively, drop them in the returns box outside the Library.
Also, your library card can be used in any branch in Galway, check for opening hours.

Mind Your Mental Health Workhop in Gort Library


Mind Your Mental Health Workhop at Gort Library on Wednesday 22nd February 10.30am - 1.30pm. Free Admission including refreshments & sandwiches. Aimed at general public and community workers.
This interactive workshop is delivered by Mental Health Ireland. It is a one day workshop comprising 4 units: understanding mental health & wellbeing; stress and thinking patterns; mental health difficulties, support and recovery; self-care strategies.

Bibliotherapy at Gort library - a collection of self-help books approved by Irish health practitioners.

Drama in Loughrea Library


Loughrea Library on
Friday 27th January, 7.30pm

The Seumas O’Kelly Players Original Script Night will highlight four new plays by local writers.
All welcome

Ballybane Library Book Launch & Signing


Ballybane Library Saturday 28th January, 2.30pm Book Launch & Signing. Emma Heatherington will visit the library to launch and sign copies of her new book The Legacy of Lucy Harte.All welcome[...]

‘The Road to Equality’ in Ballinasloe Library


‘The Road to Equality’ is an exhibition depicting the events and milestones that led to the passing of the 2015 Marriage Referendum and is on display  until Friday January 20th in the Church Gallery of Ballinasloe Library.

Ballybane Library 10th Anniversary



 Ballybane Library recently celebrated 10 years serving the community with a Christmas storytelling session from Rab Fulton. The celebration also included the launch of 'The Fairy Tale of Oscar' - an original story written by the members of Oirthear le Chéile, with Rab Fulton and the East Galway Home School Liaison Programme.

Loughrea Library - two more events


Loughrea Library - two more events this week...why not come along...All welcome
Thursday 15th December @ 6.30pm. Launch of online teen emagazine ‘Cinders’....
Friday 16th December @6.30pm. Children’s Christmas movie – “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs. - Spaces are limited so booking is
essential contact Loughrea Library on 091 847220.

A Busy week in Loughrea Library


Here's the first two events in a busy week for Loughrea Library - All Welcome...

- Tráth na gCeist. Irish language table quiz for all the family. Dé Máirt 13 Mí na Nollaig (Tuesday 13th December) 7-9pm

- 8pm Wednesday 14th December 'Loughrea Literary & Historical Society' present a talk by Bishop Willie Walsh, the retired bishop of Killaloe on his memoir, ‘No Crusader’.

Ballybane Library will host a storytelling session to celebrate the creativity of local parents and grandparents


Ballybane LibraryWednesday 14th December, 10.30amBallybane Library will host a storytelling session to celebrate the creativity of local parents and grandparents. Co-ordinated by the Eastside Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) service, the group meets weekly in the library. Working with storyteller and author Rab Fulton, members of the group have created a Christmas Fairy Tale loosely based on the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”. “The Fairy Tale of Oscar" features a wolf, a granny, a young girl and a cottage in the woods. This new fairy tale tells the story of Oscar, a child abandoned in a dark wood and living under a curse which turns him into a wolf when he is angry. As Oscar grows up, his anger and the effects of the curse grow more terrifying. Is there anyone who can save him? Rab Fulton will be reading “The Fairy Tale of Oscar” and telling some seasonal stories. In addition, there will be refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the authors. See attached poster.[...]

Certificate of Excellence in Local Government 2016 for Ballinasloe Library


Presentation of Certificate of Excellence in Local Government 2016- Ballinasloe Library to Galway Libraries at Chambers Ireland function in Dublin recently.
Presentation to Ballinasloe Library 25th Nov 2016
-Peter Rabbitt, Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly and the brilliant Ballinasloe Library staff. Brid Grehan, Mark Sweeney, Kieran Shaughnessy

-Peter Rabbitt, Mary Kennedy, Minister Damien English, Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly

Galway Schools Library Service


Children from Newton National School in Abbeyknockmoy on board the Schools Library van during a visit to the school last week

Ballybane Library Exhibition


Jim McKee's wonderful art exhibition which is on display in Ballybane Library from November 4th to 30th. Jim is a professional visual artist and singer/songwriter. Jim's work extends across international solo and group exhibitions plus charities and community arts

Galway’s Great Read Autumn Seminars in Galway Libraries


Galway’s Great Read Autumn Seminars
‘Living Literature: Writings From the Cradle to the Grave’
This series of talks will examine literature and life from childhood to old age, the visible and invisible, the silent and dominant voices in society during the revolutionary era.
All talks are free of charge and open to all.




Oughterard Library

From the #Archives #1916:Revolution and Recollection exhibition is in Oughterard Library in November. #Gaillimh2016
All welcome

Galway Libraries Schools Service



Last week in Letterfrack the Schools Library Service had a surprise visitor who couldn’t pick just one book!!!
Junior & Senior infants from Castlehackett NS enjoying 'The Trouble with Fairies' by Jay Ryan on board our schools library van!!
Children from Claregalway Educate Together put their hands in the air to show how much they enjoyed The Trouble with Fairies by Jay Ryan!!

Ballybane Library Oil Paintings Exhibition


For the month of October 2016 in Ballybane Library, Oil Paintings Exhibition by Diana Shephard. Pop in and see if you're in the area. All welcome

Photorealistic Exhibition in Galway City Library



Galway City Library
Currently exhibiting is a collection of naturalistic and photorealistic pencil drawings by Samir Sultanov.

Each piece in the colection has specific hours spent from 30 up to 350 hours. Informal launch on Thursday 13th October at 6.00pm.

'Time to Move' in the City Library on October 12th at 6:30pm.


'Time to Move' is a collection of events for young people organised during October 2016. These activities will introduce you to the hundreds of possibilities through which you can go abroad and take part in an international project, explore Europe or gain experience you need for your future.<
All the activities are run by Eurodesk information experts, always ready to have a discussion and help you find the international project most suitable for your needs. Volunteering in another country for a few months? School exchange for a semester? Internships abroad? We have you covered.
Eurodesk present a Volunteering in Europe workshop in the City Library on October 12th at 6:30pm.

Old Tuam Society Lectures in Tuam Library


September Lecture 2016
Venue: Tuam Library. High St
Date: 22 September 2016 Time: 8:00 pm

The Old Tuam Society is delighted welcome back historian Damien Quinn for our first lecture of the 2016-17 season. Damien's talk centres on his great-grandfather Joseph Quinn, a Tuam man who found himself in the 4th Battalion Dublin Brigade under the command of Éamonn Ceannt in Dublin 1916 and later fighting in the countryside around Tuam during the War of Independence 1919-1921.

Some of Galway Library's events For Culture Night 16th of September


A lively bi-lingual evening of spoken and sung word in the beautiful setting of Oranmore Library word from some of Galway's leading literary and musical lights, including Sarah Clancy, Trevor Conway, Adrian White and Martina Flaherty. Bring your own scribbles for the open mic!Oíche fhilíochta, cheoil agus ealaíneAddress: Oranmore Library, St Marys Church, Main Street, Oranmore, County GalwayUse two fingers to move the map   CULTURE NIGHT  16/09/2016  Oíche Chultúir  Oranmore: Fireside Chat on Oranmore during 1916 Rising ·         Time: 8.15pm - 9.15pm ·         Genre: Storytelling·          ·          ·         Address: Oranmore Library, St Mary's Church, Oranmore, County Galway·          Facilities: 8.15 pm - 9.15 pm, Oranmore Library, St Mary's Church, OranmoreFireside chat on Oranmore during the 1916 Rising.Address: Oranmore Library, St Mary's Church, Oranmore, County Galway  CULTURE NIGHT  16/09/2016  Oíche Chultúir  Tuam: The Trouble with Fairies ·    You never know where you might find fairies or what kind of mischief they might get up to.  Join Jay Ryan on a daring adventure for 3-5 year olds and their families.Address: Tuam Library, High Street, Tuam, County GalwayTuam: Timeless Tales with Pat the Hat·         Time: 5.00pm - 5.00pm ·         Genre: Storytelling·         Tel: 093 24287·          ·         Address: Tuam Library, Tuam, County GalwayPat Speight will delight children and adults with storytelling and witty humour. Performances at 1.30 pm, 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm.Address: Tuam Library, Tuam, County Galway CULTURE NIGHT  16/09/2016  Oíche Chultúir  Leabharlann Thuama – Na Trí Muicíní Beaga ·         Time: 6.00pm - 7.45pm ·         Genre: Irish Language, Performance, Storytelling·         Tel: 09324287 ·          ·         Address: Shop Street, Tuam, Co.GalwaySeó puipéad le Carmel Balfe, dírithe ar pháistí suas go dtí rang a trí. Beidh deis ag na paistí casadh leis na puipéid tar éis an seó. Puppet show with Carmel Balfe for children up to third class. The children will get a chance to meet the puppets after the show. [...]