Bealtaine is Ireland’s largest collaborative arts festival and is the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. Kilkenny Library Service has organised the following events to join in the Festival.
On 2nd May, at 11am. In Loughboy, Carnation Theatre will host their new performance called Circus! This performance is written for older people with plenty of audience participation. The Carnatini sisters present the show. The ladies are intrigued by the handsome exotic ringmaster, the men pretend not to care and the children busy themselves looking for the price of entry to this fantasy world. All will be revealed.
Carnation Theatre was formed on 2009 by 2 professional actors, Mairead Devlin (RTE’s The Savage Eye) and Mary O’Driscoll (Abbey Theatre) Please ring 0567794176 to book your free seat at the ringside of the Circus!
Sole to Soul
On 16th May, professional storyteller, Susie Minto, will bring her new event to Castlecomer and Graiguenamanagh. It is called Sole to Soul: You do the Walkin’, Let your Shoes do the Talkin’. This storytelling event is based on the stories that your shoes could tell. Participants are asked to bring along a pair of shoes and to tell the story of those shoes. Are they the pair that you got married in? Are they the pair of boots that you worked in all your life? Are they the shoes that you wore when you scored the hole in- one -in the
K Club? Every shoe has its story. Bring your pair and tell their story.
Susie Minto has 38 years experience of working with words. She shares her passion for stories through performance to all ages, through storytelling and storymaking. Susie will be in Graiguenamanagh at 10am and in Castlecomer at 2pm. The sessions last about 90 minutes. Booking essential. Ring Castlecomer at 0564440561 and Graiguenamanagh at 0567794178
Intergenerational Sharing of Skills
Knitting and crocheting classes are being held in Castlecomer, Graiguenamanagh and City Library during Bealtaine. During these classes, members of the libraries’ knitting and craft groups will pass on their skills to younger people. Please contact these libraries if you are interested in participating either as a tutor or as a student. All sessions are free of charge. Every library has a wide selection of knitting books on their shelves.
Facebook Classes for over 55’s
Classes will be held in Callan, Castlecomer, Graiguenamanagh Loughboy and Urlingford during the month of May. Days and times to be confirmed. Please contact your local library for further details.
For up to date and information on extra activities, please consult www.kilkennylibrary.ie
Books on child care
Urlingford Library has a great selection of books on Child Care for Parents. Titles such as; The Great Ormond Street New Baby and Child Care Book, First-Time Parents by Dr. Miriam Stoppard and What to Feed, When by Annabel Karmel. Check out our Child Care books on display at Urlingford Library. Who knows, you might get some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep for you and baby!!
Easter craft classes were held recently in the Library, and children
created and decorated some beautiful bonnets, bunnies and baskets!
The title to be discussed at the next meeting is ‘A Type of Beauty’ by Patricia O’Reilly. Meeting will be held at 11.30am on Wednesday 30thMay. All are welcome.
Exhibitions at City Library
If you are interested in exhibiting your paintings, drawings, photos etc., please contact 056 7794174 or email email@example.com for further information. There is no charge for this service.
Flashers in the Library.....
A new selection of Flash Fiction is now on display. Flash Fiction is a complete piece of literature that is extremely brief. We are now accepting submissions for the June Flash Fiction exhibition. Please email your story (no more than 300 words!) to firstname.lastname@example.org before 15th May. Contact 056 7794174 for further information.
Knitting is not just for Nannies - Passing on the craft
Would you like to learn to knit or crochet or simply to refresh your skills? Would you like to share your knitting skills with others? The K2TOG knitting group in the City library will host classes during the month of May as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Please contact 0567794174 to book your place or offer your skills.
Poets on Board A new selection of poetry is now on display. We are now accepting submissions for our June poetry exhibition. Please Email poems to email@example.com before 15th May.
Planning a school trip to Kilkenny City?
Why not include a visit to the library on your school trip? Contact us to book an introductory tour & storytime for your class. Phone 056 – 7794174.
“A Beautiful Name- Cards and Scrolls” by Maria Watkins is a display of handmade cards. This exhibition will take place from May 1st – 26th.
The Nattering Knitters Group has kindly agreed to teach a class from The Presentation Convent how to knit during May to celebrate Bealtaine. We look forward to a new generation of knitters!(See Bealtaine Programme above)
Susie Minto is a renowned storyteller, and her storytelling workshop “Sole to Soul” will take place in the Library on Wednesday 16th May at 2pm. Aimed at older adults, this is a free event. To book your place, ring 4440561(See Bealtaine Programme above for more details)
The Thursday Toddler session continues at 11.30 each week. Drop in for a free story and craft!
“We Exercise the Power-100 Banned Books in Ireland” is currently on display at Loughboy library.
This is a project that artist John Jones has been researching at the Irish Censorship Office. He viewed numerous book titles banned in Ireland under the Censorship of Publications Act 1930 and then painted the original covers in watercolours. There are 100 titles in this very interesting collection including “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac and “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.
John lives and works in Dublin and received an Hons BA from NCAD in 2007. He has exhibited in various shows in Ireland and abroad.
To view the full list of banned books please visit: johnjonesartist.blogspot.com
Riveting Reads Book Club meets in the library at 10.30am tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss “The Bog Child” by Siobhan Dowd and the very popular thriller “Before I go to Sleep” by SJ Watson.
New members always welcome.
Toddlers storytime and crafts takes place on Thursdays at 11.30am. Last week the following books were read and loved:
The Box by Martha Lightfoot-two little girls wonder what’s in the big box that has appeared on the lawn. Elephants, monkeys and giraffes are suggested. This is a magical fun story of the power of imagination….
Lenny’s Lost Spots by Celia Warren-can you help Lenny find his lost spots? Has the spotted dog stolen them or perhaps the old man with the polka dot bow-tie? Read it and find out….
The Easter Crafts Workshop took place recently. Picture shows Hannah Cuff, with her beautiful basket and Easter bonnet at the library.
Children’s author, Nicola Pierce met her young readers in Graiguenamanagh and Thomastown libraries recently. Nicola is the author of Spirit of the Titanic. She spoke about the making of the ship and even had one of the rivets to show her audience. Her book is available in your local library.
The Titanic Show from Irish History Live will be in City and Loughboy libraries on Friday 4th May. Local schools have been invited to see the show. The show will be in Castlecomer on 29th May.
The Titanic Art Competition for Primary Schools closes on 5th May. All entries should be sent to your local library
Fás Computer Classes.
Free computer classes are running in City, Loughboy, Graiguenamanagh, Castlecomer and Urlingford libraries. The tutor is supplied by Fás and students learn at their own individual rate. The classes are open to everyone and run for 6 weeks. Contact these libraries for days and times.