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March 2019

Monday, 4th March 2019
Writer’s Clinic – The Bones of a Story - A Creative Ireland Event
DeValera Public Library, Ennis, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Facilitated by writer, Helen Blackhurst
These four writing workshops will explore the art of storytelling for fiction and memoir writers. What to tell? When to tell? How to tell? To what end? The writer’s process, how we piece together the bones of a story, where stories come from, and key choices around structure and narrative voice will be looked at in the light of each writer’s work. There will be space to explore writing challenges and stuck-points, as well as the opportunity to generate new material through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers. Free event and places limited – booking required. Call DeValera Public library for further information and booking 065 6846353.

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
Library Open Day
Sweeney Memorial Library, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, 11.00am - 3.00pm

Join us for Library Open day to learn more about our library services and resources and what they have to offer you. Find out about the free online resources available to all members. Hear about the community projects, workshops, book clubs, crafts, exhibitions and much more offered by your local library branch.
Free event and everyone welcome. Your local library - So much more than books!

Wednesday, 6th March 2019
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher - A World Book Day Event
DeValera Public Library, 11.20am to 12.20pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization.


Wednesday, 6th March 2019
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher - A World Book Day Event
Shannon Public Library, 1.30 to 2.30pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization.


Wednesday, 6th March 2019
Workshop with author Maeve Devoy - A World Book Day Event
Kilrush Public Library 10.45am to 12.15pm

Maeve's workshops for World Book Day will focus on children thinking about reaching their dreams and telling their own stories that they will take away in a special notebook to work on at school and at home.
Maeve published her first collection of short stories, The Tell Tale Collection at the age of just 23 and says that in her teenage years, writing helped her find her way in life. As well as writing a second book and completing a Research Masters in Literary Journalism, Maeve regularly hosts creative writing workshops for children and teenagers in Fingal libraries.


Wednesday, 6th March 2019
Workshop with author Maeve Devoy - A World Book Day Event
Kilkee Public Library 1pm to 2.30pm

Maeve's workshops for World Book Day will focus on children thinking about reaching their dreams and telling their own stories that they will take away in a special notebook to work on at school and at home.
Maeve published her first collection of short stories, The Tell Tale Collection at the age of just 23 and says that in her teenage years, writing helped her find her way in life. As well as writing a second book and completing a Research Masters in Literary Journalism, Maeve regularly hosts creative writing workshops for children and teenagers in Fingal libraries.


Thursday, 7th March 2019
Workshop with author Maeve Devoy - A World Book Day Event
Ennistymon Public Library 10am to 11.30am

Maeve's workshops for World Book Day will focus on children thinking about reaching their dreams and telling their own stories that they will take away in a special notebook to work on at school and at home.
Maeve published her first collection of short stories, The Tell Tale Collection at the age of just 23 and says that in her teenage years, writing helped her find her way in life. As well as writing a second book and completing a Research Masters in Literary Journalism, Maeve regularly hosts creative writing workshops for children and teenagers in Fingal libraries.


Thursday, 7th March 2019
Workshop with author Maeve Devoy - A World Book Day Event
Miltown Public Library 1pm to 2.30pm

Maeve's workshops for World Book Day will focus on children thinking about reaching their dreams and telling their own stories that they will take away in a special notebook to work on at school and at home.
Maeve published her first collection of short stories, The Tell Tale Collection at the age of just 23 and says that in her teenage years, writing helped her find her way in life. As well as writing a second book and completing a Research Masters in Literary Journalism, Maeve regularly hosts creative writing workshops for children and teenagers in Fingal libraries.


Thursday, 7th March 2019
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher - A World Book Day Event
Scariff Public Library, 11am to 12pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization.


Thursday, 7th March 2019
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher - A World Book Day Event
Killaloe Public Library, 1.30 to 2.30pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization.


Thursday, 7th March 2019
Interview Skills Workshop
Scariff Public Library at 7pm

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 7th March at 7pm. There is no charge but booking is essential. Call Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Friday, 8th March 2019
A Circle of Stitches
DeValera Public Library, at 10.30am

A weekly knitting/crochet group. Come along for a knit and natter, a sharing of all things stitchy! All welcome. Refreshments provided. For more info call DeValera Library on 065 6846353.

Saturday, 9th March 2019
‘Let’s Visit The Zoo’ Storytime & Craft
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.30am

Suitable for 3 to 6 year olds. This event is free and all are welcome. Contact Shannon Library at (061) 364266 for more information

Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Writer’s Clinic – The Bones of a Story - A Creative Ireland Event
DeValera Public Library, Ennis, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Facilitated by writer, Helen Blackhurst
These four writing workshops will explore the art of storytelling for fiction and memoir writers. What to tell? When to tell? How to tell? To what end? The writer’s process, how we piece together the bones of a story, where stories come from, and key choices around structure and narrative voice will be looked at in the light of each writer’s work. There will be space to explore writing challenges and stuck-points, as well as the opportunity to generate new material through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers. Free event and places limited – booking required. Call DeValera Public library for further information and booking 065 6846353.

Friday, 15th March 2019
Healthy Babies
Scariff Public Library, 10am to 12pm

Clare Family Learning would like to invite parents to: Healthy Babies, a free 8-week course for parents to attend with babies ages 0-3 years. The course begins on Friday, 15th March at 10am. Explore a new topic every week in a relaxing space for parents to meet, share ideas and socialise. Topics explored include: weaning, active baby, language development and mindfulness. For more information, contact Mary on 065-6897645.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019
Writer’s Clinic – The Bones of a Story - A Creative Ireland Event
DeValera Public Library, Ennis, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Facilitated by writer, Helen Blackhurst
These four writing workshops will explore the art of storytelling for fiction and memoir writers. What to tell? When to tell? How to tell? To what end? The writer’s process, how we piece together the bones of a story, where stories come from, and key choices around structure and narrative voice will be looked at in the light of each writer’s work. There will be space to explore writing challenges and stuck-points, as well as the opportunity to generate new material through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers. Free event and places limited – booking required. Call DeValera Public library for further information and booking 065 6846353.

Friday, 22nd March 2019
Community Information Meeting for the Shannon Wetlands Restoration Project
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.15pm

The Shannon Wetlands Restoration Project will host a public meeting to give locals a chance to get involved with the ongoing visioning process for the wetlands site and to meet committee members.The event will update all on the work completed on the site to date (2017 to 2019) and will outline the proposed vision for the site, namely to create an attractive amenity that promotes biodiversity, and enhances the heritage, community, recreational and tourism value of the site while making the site user friendly and accessible. All are welcome.

Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Film Club - 'Brooklyn'
Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Cert 12A. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea and coffee provided. Call Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Film Book Club – The Zookeeper’s Wife
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.00pm

Our March film is ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’, the 2017 war drama based on Diane Ackerman’s international bestseller of the same name. Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl, the film tells the true story of how Jan and Antonina Zabinski rescued hundreds of Jews from the Germans by hiding them in their Warsaw zoo during World War II. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea and coffee provided. Call Shannon Library on 061 364266 for more information. CERT 12.

Wednesday, 27th March 2019
Writer’s Clinic – The Bones of a Story - A Creative Ireland Event
DeValera Public Library, Ennis, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Facilitated by writer, Helen Blackhurst
These four writing workshops will explore the art of storytelling for fiction and memoir writers. What to tell? When to tell? How to tell? To what end? The writer’s process, how we piece together the bones of a story, where stories come from, and key choices around structure and narrative voice will be looked at in the light of each writer’s work. There will be space to explore writing challenges and stuck-points, as well as the opportunity to generate new material through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers. Free event and places limited – booking required. Call DeValera Public library for further information and booking 065 6846353.

Friday, 29th March 2019
Plant a Seed and Storytime
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 3.15pm

Children will plant a seed and bring home a seed in a pot to grow on. They will listen to stories about planting and growing.Suitable for 3 to 6 year olds. This event is free and all are welcome. Contact DeValera Library at (065) 6846353 for more information.

Saturday, 30th March 2019
Writer’s Hub– The Bones of a Story - A Creative Ireland Event
DeValera Public Library, Ennis, 11am - 1pm

Facilitated by writer, Helen Blackhurst
A morning of sharing: to include readings from local writers and those involved in The Bones of a Story fiction and memoir writing workshops. Discussion and debate on the writer’s practice and process will be explored in the context of issues and themes that arise during the workshops. Call DeValera Public library for further information and booking 065 6846353.