Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Dream Big for Engineers Week at Clare County Library

Engineers Week is a week-long festival of nationwide events running from the 24th February to the 2nd March 2018 celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme and funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The aims of the week include encouraging young people, their teachers and parents to explore the fun world of engineering, generating interest and enthusiasm for engineering in their everyday lives and inspiring young people to explore engineering career paths. The week also serves to highlight the diverse opportunities engineering offers.

To celebrate Engineers Week in Clare County Library the movie Dream Big: Engineering Our World is showing in three branches; at Ennistymon Library on Tuesday the 27th of February at 11.30am, at Scariff Library on the 28th of February at 11.30am and a third screening will take place at Kilkee Library on Thursday March 1st at 2pm. Invited audiences include Junior Cycle students from Post Primary Schools.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a film that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. Produced for all ages, Dream Big showcases engineering’s impressive impact on our world and our lives. Through the film’s inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, Dream Big will inspire its Junior Cycle student viewers at the screenings planned by Clare County Library to think about what drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Eir Sport Sports Book of the Year

The Choice by Dublin footballer Philly McMahon was chosen as the 2017 Eir Sport Sports Book of the Year. The book focuses on Philly’s relationship with his brother John, who died at the age of 31 after a long struggle with heroin addiction. Philly recounts how the opportunities and choices sport afforded him sent his life in a very different direction to that of his brother.

The award aims to recognise the best in Irish sports writing in books published by an Irish author, or sports book with an Irish subject matter. The 2 other shortlisted books were The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the rise of Irish cycling’s golden generation by Barry Ryan and The Warrior’s Code by Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrell with Christy O’Connor.

2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Seven Irish novels are among the 150 titles nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the USA & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

The Irish titles nominated for the 2018 award are:
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear MacBride
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

glór welcomes Film Shorts Submissions for Spring 2018

glór is looking for some great shorts to screen as curtain raisers before their film programme.

Each season glór curates a fortnightly programme of critically acclaimed Irish and international films. With films ranging from superb dramas and docu-dramas to laugh out loud comedies, glór’s film season offers something to suit every taste.

Submissions must be no longer than 10 minutes and on Blu Ray or DVD and received on or before Monday 12th February. These can be made by email to or Film Submissions, glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 VHP0. See for more information.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New Year – New You

Whatever you New Year’s resolutions – weight loss, stress management, quitting smoking, managing your personal finances – there are over 500 free online courses available through Clare County Library’s website Follow the Universal Class link from the library homepage and use your library card number to learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to learn a new language check out the range of over 70 languages through the library website. Follow the Mango Languages link on the library homepage and learn conversational skills in your chosen language by recording your speech and comparing it directly to audio from a native speaker to hear exactly how to tune in your accent in preparation for that holiday.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Costa Book Awards - Children’s Fiction Winner

Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer has been announced the 2017 Costa Children’s Fiction Award winner.

Hailed by the judges as ‘a masterful, delicious read from start to finish’ it tells the story of Fred, Con, Lila and Max who are stranded and in mortal danger after their plane crashed over the Amazonian Rainforest. They have no food, no water and no chance of being rescued. But they are alive and they have hope. With hope and determination could there possibly be a way out after all.

The other shortlisted titles Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans and The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave are equally good reads and are all in stock in the teenage book collections of Clare County Library branches.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Healthy Ireland is the national strategy to improve health and wellbeing, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer.

Public libraries are currently delivering the nationwide Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme that will establish libraries as a valuable source within the community for health information.

Funding granted by Healthy Ireland has enhanced health and wellbeing book collections (digital and hardcopy), and provided for staff training, events, and promotion.

The Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme will continue to build on this and contribute to improving the health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life of communities and individuals at all life stages. Find out more on the services offered see

Monday, 4 December 2017

Every Child a Poet

The Poetry Collective has, with the support of Creative Ireland, produced a short film for teachers entitled: Every Child a Poet This 10-minute film will be previewed at the De Valera Library from 5.00 pm through 5.30 pm on Thursday 7th December.

The film is aimed at primary schools and teachers and includes poetry learning and teaching in action along with recitals by children of their own poems and some by well-known writers. The cooperation of children and teachers at Barefield NS in the making of this film is gratefully acknowledged.

The Poetry Collective’s ‘Every Child a Poet’ campaign is aimed at helping all children in County Clare primary schools enjoy, understand and create poetry. This campaign is being organised by the Poetry Collective in conjunction with Clare Education Centre – whose support is greatly appreciated.

Every Child a Poet’ includes a poetry contest. Last year there were 200+ entries, some of exceptional quality; this year it is hoped entries will be 1,000+ and, more than that, to encourage the appreciation and creation of poems by – as the title says – ‘every child’.

A guidebook is available and this, along with further information, may be obtained from Mike Douse at:

Monday, 13 November 2017

Shortlist unveiled for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017

The shortlist for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across fifteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and the new Teen and Young Adult book of the year category.

Hundreds of books were submitted for consideration this year and the public are now being asked to cast their votes online for the best books of the year on the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website

Votes may be cast until midday on Thursday 23rd November, and the winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on Tuesday, 28th November. This year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards will be presented by Keelin Shanley and will be televised on RTÉ One at 9:30pm on Wednesday 29th November.

David Walliams, the mega-selling children’s author, has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 ‘Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award’ at this year’s awards. Walliams will be presented with the accolade in recognition of his significant contribution to children’s literature in the past decade.

Monday, 23 October 2017

20017 Man Booker Prize winner

The American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. The book is based on a real-life event – the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie in 1862. Shattered by grief and imagining the boy trapped in the Bardo – a Tibetan Buddhist term for a kind of limbo – Lincoln paces the graveyard on the eve of the boy’s burial. The book intersperses historical accounts, both real and imagined, with monologues from a cast of ghosts watching over the boy in the after-life.

The other shortlisted titles for the 2017 award were
4321 by Paul Auster
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Autumn by Ali Smith