Cork City

Services and Programmes

February Lattes

In February the earth is at its coldest, we are still in winter’s icy grip, but an awakening has already come into the world of reading. In each Library readers begin to look forward to the spring lists, the new books that break through like crocus blossoms in a light snowfall. We share the excitement of the Constant Reader as the new season begins with its sense of hope and adventure in the world of reading. February, first and foremost, is a time of Romance with its Valentine’s Day and its sense of eternal promise. This February we will have our thousand lattes, something to keep our Constant Readers warm, to reward those who fought the long winter war. Sipping lattes in the winter city, opening chapters in the cafes of love, will be part of the Constant Reader’s February task.

Cork Re-Joyce!

James Joyce picOn Monday, 2nd February James Joyce’s 127th birthday will be celebrated with a marathon reading. Joyce readers like Senator David Norris, Professor Colbert Kearney, Helene Duquin of Alliance Française, Liz O’Donoghue, Máire Bradshaw and others, will read from the master himself. An utterly absorbing and intriguing session of voices, music and film – from Jim McKeon reading the Cork sequence in Portrait of the Artist  to Brendan Ryan reading ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’ from Dubliners, to the full screening of Joseph Strick’s Ulysses, with Milo O’Shea as Leopold Bloom.  Central Library, from 3.30pm.

Cork People Read

Well known Corkonians, like the Lord Mayor, Cllr Máirn Quill, Sen Dan Boyle, Stevie G, Ann Luttrell, Michael Moynihan and others will share their favourite books with other readers.  A very special lunchtime, each day during the second week of February.  Monday to Friday, 1.00 to 2.00pm, Central Library.

Date in February Event
 2 Cork Re-Joyce! A marathon read-in of the best of James Joyce – see above for details 
 All month 1,000 lattes - see PRIZES page for details
 7 Big Book Swap: exchange books you no longer need for others you haven’t read yet; foyer of Central Library, all day
 9-14 Cork people Read: come listen to the favourite books of a range of Cork people – see above for details
 24 Readers’ Senate / Seanad na Léitheoirí
Book clubs gather in the Central Library to discuss Henning Mankel’s Pyramid; all book club members welcome
 All month Readers’ Choice
We ask readers to nominate the 5 best opening lines they ever read
We ask readers to nominate the 5 worst opening lines they ever read
 All month

One Shandon, One Book
pupils in 6 schools in the Shandon area read Michael Smith’s Ice Man - the life of Antarctic explorer Tom Crea

Book Club Events

Library   Book Club  Times
 Central Library

 LV Book Club
Saturday Book Club

 2.30pm, 23 Feb
11.15am, 14 Feb
 Hollyhill Library  Hollyhill Readers  7.00pm, 19 Feb
 Frank O’Connor, Mayfield  Mayfield Reading Circle  11.00am, 11 Feb
 Douglas Library  Douglas Reading Circle
 Douglas Night Owls
 11.00 am 14 Feb
 6.45pm, 6 Feb
 Tory Top Library  Tory Top Road Book Club  11.00am, 24 Feb
 Bishopstown Library  Lucky Dip Club  11.00am, 6 Feb