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For Ongoing Events in each branch please visit our branch library pages:
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See also: Clare Arts Office Events


June 2021

Months of June and July
Storytime with Mr. Read - A Summer Stars Event.
Online Event

Stories written by kids, for kids! There are many people reading stories written for kids, but only Mr. Read reads stories written by kids for kids. You can have your story or poem read by professional storyteller Mr. Read on our social media channels. Let Mr. Read bring your story to life and share it with the world and you could become an overnight story-writing sensation!
Email your story or poem to library_mailbox@clarecoco.ie with Storytime with Mr. Read in the subject heading. Send in your story or poem before 31 July. Recordings will be broadcast in August. Suitable for all ages.


Months of June, July & August 2021
Story Writing Competition - A Summer Stars Event.
Online Event

This year, as well as enjoying the all the amazing worlds you visit when reading books, Summer Stars is celebrating your imagination by running a short story competition. The competition is open to 6-18 year olds living in the Republic of Ireland - of course 6 year olds won’t be competing against teenagers! There are three age categories: age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18.
To enter, write a story using the following opening line:

Of all the places in the world, I never thought I would be here.

There will be 15 finalists in each category and one national winner from each category.
Each category winner will receive a Tablet.
Each finalist in all categories will receive a €50 voucher.
Send your story to summerstarsstory@lgma.ie
To find out more, and read last year’s winning entries go to www.summerstars.ie


Months of May and June 2021
‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ Photography Competition for Adults.
Online Event

The Grow it Forward Seed packs have been distributed. Now Clare County Library would like you to submit a photography that sums up your vegetable garden and your Grow It Forward Experience. We have some copies of Michael Kelly’s book ‘Grow, Cook Eat’ to give as prizes.
Email your entry to library_mailbox@clarecoco.ie
One entry per adult. Closing date Friday, 2nd July 2021.
Winning entries will be posted on Clare County Library social media platforms.


Months of May and June 2021
‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ Children’s Photography or Artwork Competition
Online Event
Clare County Library is running a competition for all the children who have undertaken a Grow it Forward vegetable growing project!
Please send in a piece of artwork OR a photograph of you Grow it Forward First Time Vegetable Gardener Experience.
Email your entry to library_mailbox@clarecoco.ie
Closing Date Friday, 2nd July 2021
One entry per child.



Wednesday, 2nd June 2021
The Writer’s Room – An Invitation to Story – A Creative Ireland event
Online event 11.00am – 12.30pm

These five creative writing workshops, facilitated by author Helen Blackhurst, will explore the writing process – how we sustain ourselves as writers and deepen our writing experience. We will look at key areas of craft for fiction and memoir writing. How do we bring our stories to life? How can our characters breathe on the page? What is it we want to tell? There will be space to examine writing challenges as well as the opportunity to develop new work through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers.
These are free events for people throughout Co. Clare aged 18+. Places are strictly limited so booking is essential. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. For more information and to book your place, please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie



Wednesday, 9th June 2021
The Writer’s Room – An Invitation to Story – A Creative Ireland event
Online event 11.00am – 12.30pm

These five creative writing workshops, facilitated by author Helen Blackhurst, will explore the writing process – how we sustain ourselves as writers and deepen our writing experience. We will look at key areas of craft for fiction and memoir writing. How do we bring our stories to life? How can our characters breathe on the page? What is it we want to tell? There will be space to examine writing challenges as well as the opportunity to develop new work through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers.
These are free events for people throughout Co. Clare aged 18+. Places are strictly limited so booking is essential. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. For more information and to book your place, please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie

Thursday, 10th June 2021
Emotional self-help for parents of special needs children. A Healthy Ireland at your Library event.
Online event at 6.30pm

Join Sonia Millar, Creative Mindfulness teacher, for a one hour workshop which will offer the tools and ideas to boost your wellbeing and self –care, through meditation, gratitude, breath and awareness practices and self-belief mantras. Free event for people throughout Co Clare aged 18+. Places are limited, booking is essential. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. Please book your place by emailing
kilrush@clarelibrary.ie or by calling Kilrush Library on 065 9051504 during branch opening hours.

Saturday, 12th June 2021
Cruinniú na nÓg
Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme supported by Clare County Council, Local Authorities and RTÉ. It aims to enable the creative potential of every child and young person. The Clare programme can be found here and the national programme can be found here. Further information can be sourced at: creativeireland@clarecoco.ie

Monday 14th June – Friday 9th July 2021
Colour and Rhythm - Inis Artists Art Exhibition
Scariff Public Library Gallery
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 1.30; 2.30 – 5.30

Inis Artists invite members of the public to come and enjoy an exhibition of their recent work showcasing their passion for art and design. Inis Artists are a Clare based group of artists – some professional, some amateur who come together to exhibit their work at various public arts venues around the west of Ireland. They have been together for over 20 years, having originally formed in 1999 as a splinter group from the Clare Association of Artists & Craftworkers. Membership is kept to a maximum of 15 to facilitate a fair spread of everyone’s work in exhibitions. Some of their members have been with the group from the outset and they have welcomed newcomers as others depart. Inis Artists aim to put together a programme of exhibitions annually in galleries, local libraries, shopping centres and Arts Centres. In the last few years they have also organised charity weekend events with demonstrations to the public of different styles of painting. For further information contact Alan Shoosmith, PRO Inis Artists, email alanartist1@gmail.com
Website www.inisartists.com.

Tuesday June 15th 2021
Shannon Library Bookclub for adults
Online Event at 7pm

Our June book club meeting for adults will take place via Zoom.
We have copies of Girl by Edna O’Brien available from Shannon Library or on the Borrowbox app.
Contact Shannon Library for more information, Tel 061 364266 or Email shannon@clarelibrary.ie

Wednesday, 16th June 2021
Shannon Library - Creative Writers Meeting
Online event at 11am
Shannon Public Library will host an online get together of local creative writers reading their short stories and poetry. To book a place and listen in, or to share your own work, please contact Shannon Library on 061 364266 or email shannon@clarelibrary.ie. Remote access to Zoom required.

Friday, 18th June 2021
Facebook Live Storytime – A Summer Stars Event
Online event 2pm

Join Samantha from Scariff Library for a storytime on the Clare County Library Facebook page at 2pm. Samantha will read Flossie McFluff An Irish Fairy Written by Eoin O'Brien, illustrated by Audrey Dowling. Three stories in rhyme about little fairy Flossie McFluff. Flossie may be tiny and shiny, but she is tough and smart, whether it's helping to deal with litter louts in her precious forest, or helping a leprechaun to find his missing gold. Beautifully and magically illustrated. For more information please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021
DeValera Libray Book Club Meeting
Online event at 11am

This month we are reading two short stories. New members are always welcome to join. Participants will require remote access to zoom to take part. The short stories will be emailed to participants. To obtain them and to book your place, please contact DeValera Library at 065-6846353 or email devalera@clarelibrary.ie

Wednesday, 30th June 2021
Kilrush Library Adult Book Club meeting
Online event at 5pm

This month, we are reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. New members are always welcome but places are limited. Participants will require remote access to Zoom to take part. Some copies of the book are available from Kilrush Library. For more information and to book your place, please email kilrush@clarelibrary.ie or call 065 9051504 during branch opening hours.