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Cork City Libraries Housebound Service

Cork City Libraries Housebound Service

Cork City Libraries now operates a van-based service to bring library services to people who cannot travel to their local library. Items for borrowing include books, DVDs, video tapes and audio-books on CD or on cassette. This is a city-wide service and is free of charge. Customers can make requests for items to satisfy their personal interests. The van, manned by library staff, calls to individual homes, day-care centres, and nursing homes on a regular basis. Customers may select items from the shelves in the van or can have selections handed to them in their houses. The new van is wheelchair accessible.

Van launch

29 March 2007 Launch of the Cork City Libraries new Housebound Service are City Librarian Liam Ronayne, Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Ahern, Mrs Mary Rohan, Executive Librarian Sinéad Feely, and Senior Executive Librarian John Mullins. 

This service expands the limited (car-based) Housebound Service which was operated by library staff from the Frank O'Connor Library in the Mayfield/Montenotte area since 2001.

Van flowers

Cork City Librarian Liam Ronayne delivering library items — along with a bunch of flowers — to Mrs Mary Rohan, first library member to use both the original car-based housebound service as well as being the first customer of the new van-based service to housebound users

Van Mayfield

March 2007: City Librarian Liam Ronayne, Executive Librarian Sinéad Feely, and Driver–Attendant John O'Sullivan at final inspection before launch of the new Cork City Libraries Housebound Service

New Housebound and Delivery Service Times and Locations

Day Area
Tuesday (a.m.) Bishopstown
Tuesday (p.m.) Douglas
Wednesday (a.m.) Blackrock–Mahon
Wednesday (p.m.) Mayfield
Thursday (a.m.) St Mary's Road & Blackpool
Thursday (p.m.) Hollyhill & Gurranabraher
Friday (a.m.) Blackrock–Mahon
Friday (p.m.) Ballyphehane

For further information on this free service, contact Sinéad Feely at 4924961 or 4924900 or, or ask at any local library in Cork city.

Richard Murphy poetry reading

Richard Murphy poetry reading
Richard Murphy, widely regarded as one of the two or three greatest Irish living poets, enthralled a capacity audience in the Central Library, Grand Parade, on Tuesday, 2 October last.  He read from his life’s work — ranging from Sailing to an Island (1963) to more recent poems including one in the brand new Cork Literary Review, published earlier that day, as well as from his memoir, The Kick (2003).  The evening’s reading was introduced by Thomas McCarthy.
Richard Murphy, poet
Poet Richard Murphy (centre) with fellow poets Eugene O'Connell (left) and Thomas McCarthy at Cork City Libraries

Children's Book Festival

Children's Book Festival 2007
Childrens Book festival
Seán Walsh, winner of Name the Bird competition, with Children's Services Librarians Breda Hassett and Patricia Looney at the launch of Children's Book Festival
Red for web (221pixels high)Cork City Library's Children's Book Festival runs from 3 October until 3 November. The theme this year is Wonderful World of Words. The festival was launched by cartoonist, author, and wildlife enthusiast, Don Conroy and puppetteer Seán Ó Laoire. During the puppet show, the new Children's logo, The Bird, was introduced and its name selected from submissions from children throughout the city. The winning entry was submitted by Seán Walsh, a member of the Douglas Library, who suggested "Red" for the logo.

Featured writers this year include Bel Mooney, Ré Ó Laighléis, and Martina Murphy. Thomas McCarthy and Ian Wilde are participating in the Poetry in Place workshops to be held citywide.

Younger children should enjoy Short Tales for Small Tots, and Mini Music & Nursery Rhymes.  For teens, creative writing workshops are featured.

Full programmes for the festival are available in all our libraries.

Sean O Laoire puppeteer DonConroy_DMaume_221WebI
Left:  Puppeteer Seán Ó Laoire with 'Red' in the foreground
Right:  Don Conroy opening the Children's Book Festival

World Book Fest - Dia de Sant Jordi - Féile Domhanda na Leabhar

World Book Fest - Dia de Sant Jordi - Féile Domhanda na Leabhar World Book Fest Logo21 - 23 April 2007

World Book Fest is a three-day celebration of books and literature taking place in Cork city centre, 21, 22, and 23 April 2007. The Fest takes place in the Central Library, on the Grand Parade - the street in front of the Library - and in Bishop Lucey Park. We erect a marquee together with book stalls and food stalls on the Grand Parade, and there are readings by poets and prose writers as well as a range of other cultural events. The Fests proved very successful in 2005 and 2006, and we intend to build on the success so far and make the 2007 event a truly memorable one.

Following the day-long street programme on Saturday 21 April, the focus will shift indoors to the Central Library where an eclectic programme will last well into Sunday morning. Central Library will also host readings on Sunday evening and right through 23 April, World Book Day, Dia de Sant Jordi in Catalunya.

World Book Fest is jointly organized by Cork City Libraries, Triskel Arts Centre, Munster Literature Centre, and Tigh Filí with the assistance of the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland.

City Council sign contracts for New Central Library for Cork

City Council sign contracts for New Central Library for Cork
On Monday February 12th, at 3.30 p.m., the City Manager, Joe Gavin, Director of Services Recreation Amenity and Culture, Cork City Council, Joe Kennelly, City Librarian, Liam Ronayne, and Michael Conway of Frinailla Developments signed contracts in the City Manager’s office, City Hall, Cork to mark the building of a new Central Library at Grand Parade to be undertaken shortly.

 City Council sign contracts for New Central Library for Cork

Left to right front row: Director of Services R.A.C., Joe Kennelly, Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern, Joe Gavin, City Manager and Michael Conway Junior, Director, Frinailla Developments. Left to right back row: Liam Ronayne, City Librarian, Deborah G. Hegarty, Law Agent, Justin Fennell, Solicitor, P.J. O’Driscoll & Sons and Michael McDonagh, City Architect.

Frinailla Development’s proposal involves the building of the new library on part of the current library site extending into adjoining property. The proposed new library is state of the art. It will comprise of an area in excess of 6,200 sq. M, twice the size of the existing library.

The new Central Library will hold the largest collections of books, CDs, DVDs and other materials for children and adults in the city, the largest public library outside Dublin. The existing Central Library accounts for 61% of all items lent in the system, and ca 80% of all information enquiries; both of these figures will grow in the new building.

It will provide in-depth specialist collections in a number of areas:

  • The Children’s library, acting as an inclusive cultural centre for all the children of the city and region;
  • Information & Learning: Reference & Information resources, support for lifelong learning, the largest publicly accessible social sciences, science & technology, and history & human sciences resources in Munster, language learning for the ‘new Corkonians’;
  • Culture & the Imagination: the largest publicly accessible collections of literature and arts in Munster, along with space for exhibitions, talks, recitals & other performances, etc.;
  • The Rory Gallagher Music Library, Ireland’s leading public music library.

The new Central Library will be at the heart of the cultural life of the city, offering accessible resources for creative expression. Detailed schematics of the proposed building were on display at the signing.

 City Council sign contracts for New Central Library for Cork2

Left to right front row: Kevin Terry, Director of Services, Planning and Development,
Joe Kennelly, Director of Services R.A.C., Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern, Joe Gavin,
City Manager, Michael Conway Junior, Director, Frinailla Developments and Michael McDonagh, City Architect. Left to right back row: Ronnie McDowell, Senior Planner, Liam Ronayne, City Librarian, Fiona Kelly, Senior Executive Solicitor, Law Dept., Deborah G. Hegarty, Law Agent, Justin Fennell, Solicitor, P.J. O’Driscoll & Sons. Paul Butler, Michael Regan, and Lorenzo Cammoranesi from Reddy, O'Riordan Staehli Architects.

Fifty-bell Carillon Recital in Central Library

Fifty-bell Carillon Recital in Central Library
The Rory Gallagher Music Library hosted a very unusual event in Grand Parade Library on Tuesday, 20 November.  The Dutch carillonneur, Boudewijn Zwart, gave four fascinating recitals on his travelling carillon. The instrument which consists of fifty bronze bells, weighing 2,800 kilos, is the first of its kind that can be used indoors.
Dressed as the distant grand-nephew of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Boudewijn took more than 400 school children on a musical tour with funny music, bronze church bells and amazing games. Students, teachers, parents and grandparents performed a real bell symphony.
Boudewijn’s visit to Ireland was organised by Adrian Gebruers, Ireland’s only carillonneur, who is based at St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh. Boudewijn gave a virtuoso musical performance, but also showed an astonishing sensitivity to his young and varied audience in his ability to engage, entertain and harness the unique power of music as a universal language.

See images from the recital

China: Life in the Middle Kingdom

China: Life in the Middle Kingdom
Free Public Lecture Series hosted by Cork City Libraries & Irish Institute of Chinese Studies UCC. The lecture series ran for six weeks on Tuesdays from 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m., with the first lecture on 13 February coinciding with the Chinese New Year Celebrations. The first lecture 'China: A New Year, A New Dawn - Chinese Customs and Religion' was presented by Professor Fan Hong in the Central Library, Grand Parade.

Babymama Book Club

Babymama Book Club
To all parents out there......Looking for a new year's resolution. Read the classics! Join our book club. Child-friendly morning meetings. Meets 2nd Monday of month at 11.00 a.m. For further details contact the Central Children's library, telephone 021 4924903.