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November 2018

Month of November 2018
Penpals Across the Pond
DeValera Public Library, Ennis
Pen Pals Across the Pond is a collaboration between DeValera Public Library in Ennis and the Bloomington Public Library in Bloomington, Illinois, USA.
Children from DeValera Library can write letters or draw pictures about anything they choose (including, but not limited to, food, books, toys, favourite past times, school, their families, etc.). The letters will be dropped into our collection box or handed in at the library desk and then mailed to Bloomington Public Library, Illinois. Bloomington Public Library has a similar box where they will collect letters to send to us. So get started on your letters and pictures! We will be displaying the letters we receive from America in DeValera Public Library.
Contact Samantha at DeValera Public Library on 065 6846353 for more information.

Thursday, 1st November 2018
Introduction to Animation Workshop
Scariff Public Library, 1pm to 3pm

Children are invited to an Introduction to Animation workshop where they will learn how to go about creating an animated film!
Free event, booking is required. Suitable for ages 9 -12. Tel. Scariff Public Library (061) 922893

Thursday 1st November 2018
Film – "Early Man’.
Kilrush Public Library at 3pm

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne), along with sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age city in a battle to beat them at their own game. Cert PG. This is a free event and all are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, 1st November 2018
Sound FX recording workshop
Scariff Public Library, 5pm to 6.30pm
Children are invited to learn all about the art of creating sound effects for film.
Free event, booking is required. Suitable for ages 10+. Tel. Scariff Public Library (061) 922893

Friday, 2nd November 2018
Halloween Movie Screening for Kids – “Hotel Transylvania”
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.00am

Cert PG. Admission free and all are welcome. Tel. Shannon Library (061) 364266 for more information.

Saturday, 3rd November 2018
Healthy Eating Storytime and Craft. A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event.
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am

What's the story with Fussy Freda and Why won't Goldilocks eat her Greens? Find out at our special healthy eating storytime and craft session while feasting on yummy fruit and healthy snacks. Free event. Suitable for ages 3-7. Telephone Shannon Library (061) 364266 for further information.

3rd - 24th November 2018
Art exhibition: 'Awakened'
Scariff Library Gallery

Tulla-based artist Henry Butler will host a new exhibition of works at Scariff Library from 3-24 November. The Limerick School of Art & Design graduate’s visual art exhibition is his first exhibition of work since returning to painting this summer after 25 years away from the easel. The show, entitled “Awakened”, also represents his first foray with acrylics having only ever worked with watercolours in the past. He describes his return to painting as being like a volcano that has been dormant for decades but is now suddenly active again. Butler’s work is varied, having a liking for seascapes and wildlife art but he is willing to tackle various subject matters. The father of three young girls works as a retail manager in Ennis and is also currently studying for a Certificate in Business in Management and Leadership in A.I.T through its Department of Lifelong Learning. There will be an official launch for this exhibition on Thursday 8th November at 6pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Monday, 5th November 2018
Parent and Baby Yoga Taster Session (A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event)
Scariff Public Library, 11am to 12pm

Antoinette Butler Mulcaire will lead a taster session of yoga for parents and babies up to crawling stage. Free event. Booking essential. For booking and information call Scariff Public Library on (061) 922893.


Tuesday, 6th November 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Kilrush Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon will continue from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Kilrush Public Library on 065 9051504 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Tuesday, 6th November 2018
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
'We Here Who Are About to Die: a lecture on the Great War' by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, journalist and historian, has a strong interest in World War One and is an expert on Clare people's involvement in the Great War.
Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 6846353. This lecture series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Tuesday, 6th November 2018
'Winter Nutrition', a talk by registered dietitian Dr. Anne Griffin. A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event.
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7pm

Get winter ready with Dr. Anne Griffin, who will talk about protecting against winter ailments and lack of vitamin D with good nutrition. This is a free event taking place in Shannon Library on Tuesday 6th November at 7pm. All welcome. Contact the library for further information on (061) 364266.

Wednesday, 7th November 2018
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
'The Great War and Clare' by Joe Power
Kilrush Public Library at 6.30pm

Author of 'Clare and the Great War', Dr Joe Power is a historian who specialises in local history with many published titles to his name. This talk will explore how the Great War impacted upon Ireland, particularly Co Clare together with the political, economic and social consequences for the people of the time. Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 9051504. This lecture series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Thursday, 8th November 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
DeValera Public Library 10.30-12.30

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Irene Graham over 4 weeks. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact DeValera Public Library on 065 6846353 for more information. Classes are free. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Thursday, 8th November 2018
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
'Sixmilebridge in the Great War' by Ger Browne
Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge at 6.30pm

Ger Browne is a well-known local historian and author of 'The Great War 1914-1918 - The Clare War Dead WWI' in conjunction with the Clare Roots Society.
Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (061) 369678. This lecture series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Friday, 9th November 2018
Chair Yoga class. A Healthy Ireland at your Library event.
Kilrush Public Library at 11am.

Join chair Yoga teacher, Trea Heapes, for a taster chair yoga class. This is a gentle form of yoga that can be done while sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support and can keep the body supple and healthy, reduce stress and improve mental health. Free event for adults. Booking is necessary. Contact Kilrush Library on (065) 9051504.

Friday, 9th November 2018
Crime Night at the Library
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

Join Crime Writers Karen Perry, Andrea Carter and Louise Phillips on their visit to DeValera Library, Ennis where they will read from their latest works and answer your questions. This is a unique opportunity to get an insight into the workings of a crime novel and the psyche of the author behind it. This is a free event but places are limited so please book your ticket at the library desk or by phone at 065-6846353. Refreshments will be provided on the night. This event is part of Clare County Library's Readers Day supported by Creative Ireland.

Friday, 9th November 2018
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
'Some Clare Women in 1918 Ireland' by Lucille Ellis
Killaloe Public Library at 6.30pm

Author of 'Women of Clare' which told the story of 16 Clare women, in this talk Lucille will examine the lives of some Clare women 100 years ago. Lucille is currently involved with the RMS Leinster project and has researched the biographies of those on board on 10 October 1918 including five nurses from Co Clare. Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (061) 376062. This lecture series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Tuesday, 13th November 2018
Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers Show with Scientific Sue - A Science Week 2018 event
Scariff Public Library, first show at 10.00am and second show at 11.30am

Sue McGrath otherwise known as Scientific Sue will present Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers Show exploring some of the amazing scientific discoveries and engineering feats endeavoured by Irish scientists over a period of 350 years. Children will have their curiosity stirred on Sue’s historic scientific journey and will also be encouraged to think like scientists. The show provides an opportunity to study many science concepts such as flight, the fire triangle, electricity, acid / base (alkali) reactions, neutralisation, the properties of solids, liquid and gases, periodic table, forces, pressure and energy changes whilst also providing fun ways for everyone to engage in processes such as observation, experimentation, investigation, discovery and generation of questions.
This is a free event but booking is essential. Contact Scariff Library at (061) 922893

Tuesday, 13th November 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Kilrush Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon will continue from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Kilrush Public Library on 065 9051504 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Wednesday 14th November 2018
Healthy Eating Storytime and Craft. A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event.
Kilrush Public Library at 3.30pm

What's the story with Fussy Freda and Why won't Goldilocks eat her Greens? Find out at our special healthy eating storytime and craft session while feasting on yummy fruit and healthy snacks. Free event. Suitable for ages 3-7. Telephone Kilrush Library (065) 9051504 to book a place.

Thursday, 15th. November, 2018
My Baby and Me
Killaloe Public Library, 10am to 12pm

Parents and their babies, under three are invited to join Laura Barrett to share useful ideas on supporting their children’s learning. It is an opportunity for parents to meet others and to share useful ideas on life long learning for their children in a positive and friendly environment. These classes have been organised by the Limerick and Clare education and training board. The classes are free and will run for five weeks every Thursday. Contact Killaloe library at 061 376062. For more information on the classes see: www.learningandskills.ie.

Thursday, 15th November 2018
Science Magic Show - A Science Week 2018 event
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 10.30am

Coming to County Clare compliments of W5, the award winning Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Science Magic Show will look at the science behind a series of magic-like tricks. Expect a new approach to everyday household objects, some cooking ingredients and perhaps even a chicken (!), to help children from nearby schools decide if the tricks are scientific or just simply magic. Only you the audience can decide.
This is a free event but booking is essential. Contact DeValera Library at (065) 6846353

Thursday, 15th November 2018
Science Magic Show - A Science Week 2018 event
Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 1.15pm

Coming to County Clare compliments of W5, the award winning Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Science Magic Show will look at the science behind a series of magic-like tricks. Expect a new approach to everyday household objects, some cooking ingredients and perhaps even a chicken (!), to help children from nearby schools decide if the tricks are scientific or just simply magic. Only you the audience can decide.
This is a free event but booking is essential. Contact Shannon Library at (061) 364266

Friday, 16th November 2018
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
'The Great War and Clare' by Dr. Joe Power
Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30pm

Author of 'Clare and the Great War', Dr Joe Power is a historian who specialises in local history with many published titles to his name. This talk will explore how the Great War impacted upon Ireland, particularly Co Clare together with the political, economic and social consequences for the people of the time. Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 7071245 . This lecture series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Monday, 19th November 2018
Parent and Baby Yoga Taster Session (A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event)
Scariff Public Library, 11am to12pm

Antoinette Butler Mulcaire will lead a taster session of yoga for parents and babies up to crawling stage. Free event. Booking essential. For booking and information call Scariff Public Library on (061) 922893.

Tuesday, 20th November 2018
Memoir Writing Workshops
Kilrush Public Library at 10.30am

A series of Memoir Writing Workshops with Breda Shannon will continue from 10.30am-12.30pm. This course aims to equip participants with the tools and insights to explore their own experiences for writing. It will provide an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme-finding for memoir writers. Through memoir writing, the writer can find their unique voice and the message they want to impart. Places are free but limited and booking is required. Contact Kilrush Public Library on 065 9051504 for more information. This series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Tuesday, 20th November 2018
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
'Votes for Women and Local Activism' by Mary Clancy
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.30pm

Mary Clancy is a lecturer in Women's Studies at NUI Galway with a strong research interest in the suffrage movement in the West of Ireland.
Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (061) 364266. This lecture series is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Wednesday, 21st Nov 2018
‘My Baby and Me’.
Kilrush Public Library, 10am to 12pm.

The LCETB free 8 week course called 'My Baby and Me' for new parents in Kilrush Library, is continuing on Wednesday, 21st & 28th November from 10am - 12pm. Parents are invited to attend with their babies and children, aged 3 and under. The classes are free and drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Mary on 065-6897645 or search using the keywords 'My Baby and Me' on www.learningandskills.ie


Thursday, 22nd November 2018
A Talk on Brendan O’Regan: Irish Visionary, Innovator, Peacemaker
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

Brian O’Connell & Cian O’Carroll will discuss the life and work of this Clare born innovator. Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 6846353. This talk is part of Clare County Library's Work Matters at the Library programme.

Friday 23rd November 2018
Film ‘Murder On The Orient Express’
Shannon Public Library at 11.00am

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world's greatest detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again
Free Event All welcome. Contact Shannon Library for more information 061 364266

Friday, 23rd November 2018
PenPal Workshop
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 3.30pm

Write letters and draw pictures to send to Bloomington Public Library in America. Read letters from them too. Free event. Suitable for all children. Telephone DeValera Library (065) 6846353 for further information.

Friday, 23rd November 2018
'Winter Nutrition', a talk by registered dietitian Dr. Anne Griffin. A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event.
Killaloe Public Library at 7pm

Get winter ready with Dr. Anne Griffin, who will talk about protecting against winter ailments and lack of vitamin D with good nutrition. This is a free event taking place in Killaloe Public Library on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. All welcome. Contact the library for further information on (061) 376062

Monday, 26th November 2018
‘Mindfulness Through Art’ Workshop, A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event
Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 6pm

Join Tatjana Simakova in a 2 hour long workshop for adults, which aims to turn off a busy mind and awaken creativity. No artistic skills required and all materials provided. Experience mindfulness in a fun and colourful way. Places are limited for this free event and booking is essential. Call Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee for further information and booking on (065) 9056034.

Monday, 26th November 2018
'The Diplomatic Soldier: Michael MacWhite and the First World War'
Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

Scariff Library History Group will host a talk presented by Colm Madden and chaired by Dr. David Fleming, University of Limerick:
'The Diplomatic Soldier: Michael MacWhite and the First World War'. Born in 1882 in West Cork, Michael MacWhite became a civil servant, a journalist, a French Foreign Legionnaire and most significantly, Ireland's first career diplomat. To commemorate the centenary of the armistice, this talk will highlight the life of one of the most fascinating individuals in twentieth-century Ireland.
This is a free event and all are welcome. Phone Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018
Interview Confidence Workshop
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 10.30am

Join Jennifer of Jayarel Consulting for a free interview workshop which will focus on what to prepare for interviews, how to handle awkward questions and how be more confident in interviews. The workshop, part of Clare County Library's Work Matters at the Library programme, will take place on 27th November at 10.30am. There is no charge but booking is essential. Call Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon for information and booking on (061) 364266.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018
Mike Hanrahan's 'Clare: Songs of Independence - Declaration'
DeValera Public Library at 1.15pm

Mike Hanrahan's lunchtime show is based on the events and stories that created Irish songs of Independence in Clare. The show focuses on 1918 - the development of the Volunteer movement, the return of prisoners from Frongoch in Wales and the key elections in Clare leading to the creation of the first Dáil in 1919. This is the first in a planned series of shows - the future narrative will look at the War of Independence and beyond. Research, writing and performance by Mike Hanrahan. Free Event. All welcome. Further information from DeValera Public Library at 065 6846353. This event is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Tuesday 27th November 2018
Film "The Theory of Everything"
Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this -- and with Jane at his side -- he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine. Cert 12.This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided. Call Scariff Library for more information 061 922893

Tuesday, 27th November 2018
Instant Irish Workshop
Scariff Public Library, 6.30 - 8.00pm

Michael McCaughan, author of: ‘Coming Home: One Man’s Return to the Irish Language’ will give a free workshop at Scariff Public Library. This workshop will be a kickstarter for people who are thinking about coming back to the language (or tackling it for the first time), combining inspirational/motivational background talk about the language, how we lost it, and how we might get it back, and then, for the second part, a session which gives people some Irish to take away with them.
Spraoi/spreagadh a thabhairt do dhaoine ar mhaith leo teacht ar ais chun na teanga, faoi atmasiféar réchúiseach. The workshop will be conducted in English and Irish, the balance will depend entirely on the participants. This is a free event but places are limited so booking is essential. Le cúnamh ó Scéim Deontais na Gaeilge, Comhairle Contae an Chláir'
Contact Scariff Public Library at 061 922893.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018
Cyber Safety Talk with the ISPCC, A Healthy Ireland at Your Library Event
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7pm

Sharon McGrath of the ISPCC will give a talk aimed at keeping your kids safe online in Shannon Public Library on Tuesday 27th November at 7pm. Cyber bullying, gaming, sexting and more will be discussed as well as the practical steps that can be taken to ensure your kids can enjoy the Internet and social media while avoiding the pitfalls. This is a free event and all are welcome. For further information contact the library on (061) 364266.

Wednesday, 28th November 2018
Mike Hanrahan's 'Clare: Songs of Independence - Declaration'
Shannon Public Library at 1.15pm

Mike Hanrahan's lunchtime show is based on the events and stories that created Irish songs of Independence in Clare. The show focuses on 1918 - the development of the Volunteer movement, the return of prisoners from Frongoch in Wales and the key elections in Clare leading to the creation of the first Dáil in 1919. This is the first in a planned series of shows - the future narrative will look at the War of Independence and beyond. Research, writing and performance by Mike Hanrahan. Free Event. All welcome. Further information from Shannon Public Library at 061 364266. This event is part of Clare County Library's Creative Ireland programme.

Wednesday, 28th November 2018
Introduction to Mindfulness with Pauline Bradley, A Healthy Ireland at Your Library event
Corofin Public Library, at 6.30pm

Start your journey into Mindfulness with experienced, accredited therapist Pauline Bradley. This free introductory workshop will include mindfulness meditation for the senses, cognitive based mindfulness for coping with difficult situations or negative thinking patterns, positive affirmations and gratitude exercises. Places are limited and booking is essential. Contact Corofin Public Library for booking and information on (065) 6837219.

Friday, 30th November 2018
Chair Yoga class. A Healthy Ireland at your Library event.
Kilrush Public Library at 11am.

Join chair Yoga teacher, Trea Heapes, for a taster chair yoga class. This is a gentle form of yoga that can be done while sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support and can keep the body supple and healthy, reduce stress and improve mental health. Free event for adults. Booking is necessary. Contact Kilrush Library on (065) 9051504


Friday, 30th November 2018
Interview Confidence Workshop
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 5.30pm

Join Jennifer of Jayarel Consulting for a free interview workshop which will focus on what to prepare for interviews, how to handle awkward questions and how be more confident in interviews. The workshop, part of Clare County Library's Work Matters at the Library programme, will take place on 30th November at 5.30pm. There is no charge but booking is essential. Call Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon for information and booking on (061) 364266.