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Number of sistership established: 1

Country: Ireland

Contact: epuyo-valverde@carlowcoco.ie Elena Puyo-Valverde

Description: Carlow County Library Service has a network of 4 branches across the county of Carlow. They are Carlow Central Library & HQ, Tullow Library, Bagenalstown, Library and Borris library. We aim to provide a public library service, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, and work. We are committed to helping children and adults develop the skills they need to thrive in the society. Also, our libraries are places for community engagement. Our mission is to enrich our communities and improve quality of life for its citizens and we do that by offering technologies, tools and resources to help people succeed. We have approx 18 staff in total, split between part-time and full-time Library membership is completely free of charge for everyone in every library in the country. We offer a national public library catalogue supported by a nationwide delivery service – items can be ordered online or in person and delivered quickly to the local library, for free Our libraries provide a welcoming community space where we can share diverse cultural experiences and perspectives as our society evolves to embrace new communities and cultures. The library service also has a longstanding and important role in the promotion of literature and the Irish language. We offer much more than books! we provide patrons of all ages a rich menu of CDs and DVDs, audiobooks, and online resources such as ebooks, eaudiobooks, online learning (access over 500 online courses) online language learning, online encyclopaedia and much more. We provide a range of services to our local schools (class visits, block loan facilities for teachers, events for schools…). Our current initiative with the schools in Carlow County Country is the Library Ninja Challenge. It aims to get children reading and talking about books and how useful the library is. Each participating school has been provided with books and promotional materials. We deliver national programmes: Work Matters, Right to Read and Healthy Ireland, Through Work Matter we support entrepreneurs, jobseekers, career change and businesses. We have a broad collection (digital and hardcopy), relating to business and employment including how to build a CV and interview skills, as well as daily newspapers, PCs and online access to help the search for employment opportunities. We run employment and business-related events throughout the year. Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative, is the national strategy to improve health and wellbeing. We have a broad collection of health and wellbeing book collections (digital and hardcopy). We organize talks, discussions and workshops with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy. Right to Read: we promote literacy and reading development for people of all ages and backgrounds. It currently includes four national programmes designed to promote children's reading and literacy. These are: Spring into story time, summer stars, children book festival and Family Time at Your Library. A research project on Adult Literacy in Carlow is currently underway to be followed by a local awareness campaign and steps towards making Carlow a Literacy Friendly County. Carlow County Library Service led Story Streets, a family literacy research project set in three disadvantaged communities in Carlow, where we Encouraged families to read together, helped people who didn’t use the library to join and start to use their local public library, helped library staff to improve the ways they involved people in their local public library, and developed a learning model to help community development. Carlow County Library Service led Story Streets, a family literacy research project set in three disadvantaged communities in Carlow, where we Encouraged families to read together, helped people who didn’t use the library to join and start to use their local public library, helped library staff to improve the ways they involved people in their local public library, and developed a learning model to help community development. The annual Summer Stars children’s reading programme takes place in June across all Irish Public Libraries. Summer Stars is the public library national summer reading programme for children that runs from the 15th of June until the end of August. All children throughout the country are invited to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free! Carlow libraries organises events for children and adults throughout the year (now, all the events are online) such as author talks, story time, and other themed events such as: January First Fortnight February Engineers Week March Local Enterprise Week. World Poetry Day April Spring into Story time. National Tree Week May Bealtaine Biodiversity week Poetry Day Ireland June Cruinniú na nÓg July & August Summer Stars September Culture Night Heritage Week October Children’s Book Festival Mental Health Awareness Month Halloween Events November Science Week December Library Ireland Week Regular Christmas events & Family Time at Your Library

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Type of library: Library service with branch libraries

Population served: Between 10.000 and 100.000

Current library programs:
  • Activities for children and young adults
  • Activities for migrants
  • Activities for seniors
  • Activities in cooperation with other organizations
  • Art promotion
  • Book presentations (also meeting with authors)
  • Celebration of ephemeris (Day of the library
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Culture promotion
  • Digitalization and Preservation
  • European information antenna
  • Exhibitions
  • Gamification
  • Handcraft workshops
  • Health Literacy (healthcare workshops…)
  • Language courses (and other activities for language learning)
  • Library services for people with special needs
  • Lifelong Learning programs
  • Literacy
  • Literary workshops
  • Local culture (local heritage)
  • Music
  • Reading clubs (Book clubs)
  • Reading promotion
  • Science Literacy
  • Storytelling
  • Sustainable development
  • Technology Literacy (Digital Literacy)
  • The EU week
  • Unemployment
Activities you want to do with your sister library:
  • Activities for children and young adults
  • Activities for seniors
  • Celebration of ephemeris
  • Cooperation with other organizations
  • Digital Literacy
  • Digitalization and Preservation
  • e-Reading
  • Exchange of ideas and expertise
  • Exchange of information
  • Exchange of resources
  • Exhibitions
  • Information Literacy programs
  • Joint conferences and seminars
  • Joint publications
  • Library services for people with special needs
  • Lifelong Learning programs
  • Literacies (non-formal education)
  • Planning of new library building
  • Promotion of local culture
  • Promotion of multiculturalism and multilingualism
  • Reading clubs
  • Reading promotion
  • Social media
  • Storytelling

Languages spoken by staff: English, Spanish, Irish

Languages spoken by patrons: English, Spanish, Polish, Irish, Latvian,

Preferred countries for cooperation: Spain, Poland

Searching partners for European program: Yes

Participating in any European Union program: Yes