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Loughboy library was turned into a science lab. on 16th Nov. and the head scientist cooked up a morning of tricks and stunts. He kindly gave us the recipe and here it is:
- Can of coke – half full.
- 3 fullsize bowling balls
- Pyrex test tube
- Baby’s nappy – clean
- €10 note – not your last one.
- 1 glass of scientific liquid
- 1 chair of nails
- Balance the can of coke at an angle.
- Balance 3 bowling balls on top of each other. Add a little salt if necessary.
- Put pyrex test tube inside large glass tube full of vegetable oil and watch it disappear.
- Empty the contents of a baby’s nappy (not paper bits) into a tumbler full of water. Turn this upside down over your favourite person and see if he/she gets soaked.
- Burn your last €10 in a copper tube.
- Get your teacher to sit on the chair of nails.
A wonderful morning of tricks and stunts all carried out under scientific conditions and explained by the facilitator, Steve Allman. Four local secondary schools enjoyed this event as part of Science Week. The children saw how science is part of our everyday lives in an informative and fun way. Teachers and students were willing guinea pigs for some of the experiments and no harm came to anyone. Homework for the children was to stand on 10 balloons without bursting them.
Scrabble for over 50s will commence next Wednesday Nov 30th at 2pm. There will be a prize for the highest score each week.
Please book your place at the board by ringing Loughboy library at 7794176.
Most popular books
The most popular book with adult Kilkenny Library readers at the moment is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African-American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s. The daily lives of these households are revealed through the stories that the maids tell to a young white reporter. The dangers of these revelations going into book form hover constantly over the maids who speak out and over the reporter. The film of the book was released recently and is proving very popular.
Other popular reads include The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls, Cost by Roxanna Robinson, Christina Falls by Benjamin Black and The Moment by Douglas Kennedy.
The following are a few of the new titles that are now in stock:
- The faithless by Martina Cole
- Christmas magic by Cathy Kelly.
- Burying the bones by Hilary Spurling
- Type 2 diabetes cookbook by Lois M Soneral
- One hell of a ride by Paul Carberry
- Food to love by Edward Hayden
- Blogging for dummies
- Just Joe by Joe Duffy
Ballyellen Lock Model
There is a unique exhibition on display in the library at present which contains a large detailed model of Ballyellen Lock with old photographs on show & an essay on the history of boatmen in Graiguenamanagh in book format. The library would like to sincerely thank Edward Moran for allowing us to show this wonderful exhibition and would encourage all in the local community to drop in for a look.
Exhibitions of jewellry
There are 2 exhibition of hand made jewellery on display at present. One is by local artist Sarah Robinson. See www.unique-handmade-jewellery.com for more designs.
Gillian Kelly from Borris has an exhibition of unique earrings on display also.
Graiguenamanagh Historical Society has a permanent display of artefacts from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Graiguenamanagh Division 1913-1920 & an invaluable book of sketches of Brandondale by local artist Mary Burtchaell circa 1850.
At 10.30 on any Wednesday morning join the Knitters and Crafters and reacquaint yourself with your plains & purls. All welcome. Skills and chat and a cuppa will be found in abundance.
Date for your diary: Eva Holmes of Darver House Nurseries will be in the library on November 29th at 7.30pm to do a Christmas themed flower art demonstration. More details on this free event from 0564440561.
The Afternoon Book Club choice for November is “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana De Rosnay. Copies are available at the desk. All are welcome to attend the meeting on Wed November 30th at 2.30pm
Pageturners Reading group will meet on Thursday 24th November at 8.30. This month’s title to be discussed is: “ On Canaan’s Side” by Sebastian Barry.
Sylvia Parkinson from Gowran will exhibit a selection of paintings in Castlecomer Library until December 10th.
On the third day of Christmas, the library gave to me…
Would you like to share your Christmas ideas and share the Christmas spirit with others? The libraries will be erecting Christmas Bulletin Boards and it is hoped to fill the boards with craft and gift ideas, Christmas recipes, Old Traditions at Christmastime, Christmas around the world, local events and anything else about Christmas that you think others would be interested in. Send your entries to your local library and share the true Christmas spirit with those in your locality.
All aboard the Polar Express
There will be a bedtime storytelling event for children in Loughboy library on Thursday 22nd December at 6.30pm. Mary Cradock will tell the story of The Polar Express. Children must come in PJ’s and bring their duvet with them. Tickets for the Polar Express will be available from 1st December. For more details phone 0567794977.