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New Full-Time Library Just the Ticket

Clare People, Tuesday, 20th November 2007

Miltown Malbay bookworms had good news this week when it was announced that the public library is to go full-time.

As of today, the Dr Patrick J. Hillery Public Library will become full- time with extended opening hours. The move to extend opening hours forms part of Clare County Library's five-year development plan, which includes the provision of a full-time service that caters for the needs of the town and surrounding areas.

"Up until now, residents of the Miltown Malbay area have been served by a part-time service point", said Clare County Librarian, Noel Crowley. "One long-standing target of the library service has been to have a full-time branch library in every town with a population of over 1,000. This objective has largely been achieved in recent years. I have no doubt that the expansion of services in Miltown Malbay will be welcomed by the branch members and will also serve to attract new members", he added.

Meanwhile, Helen Flynn has taken over the running of the Miltown Malbay branch library. Helen, who was recently promoted to the post of Senior Library Assistant, previously worked at Ennistymon library and at Kilrush library.

The origins of the library service in Miltown Malbay date back to 1995 when Clare County Library agreed to renovate the old woodwork room in the disused vocational school. The work was undertaken in co-operation with the local community and FÁS and resulted in the provision of a modern, multi-purpose library. The library was funded by Clare County Council in co-operation with Clare V.E.C. and the Miltown Malbay Area Joint Social Employment Scheme.

The Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library opened its doors to the public on April 6th, 1995 and now has a book stock capacity of 12,000 books. A children's section has been provided with more than 4,000 books for every reading age and interest. Clare County Library's Irish Traditional Music Collection of tapes and CDs is also housed in the library.

The new opening hours are:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Wednesday 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Thursday 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Friday 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

For further information contact 065-7084822 or visit the Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay

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