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Ireland Reads Events

Have you got some time to Squeeze In A Read with us on February 25th 2021?

Join us and take the pledge this February to squeeze in a read! It doesn’t matter how long you read for or what you read, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid reader, a reluctant reader, a lapsed reader or a new reader, this campaign is for you.  Right now, many of the activities we used to take for granted are not available to us, but you can always enjoy a good book – or a newspaper or magazine.

Reading offers a way to escape and keep mentally active, and to lift our mood, and it doesn’t have to be a solitary experience –you might use reading to connect with friends and family, read with children or with book club.   The website has been set up where you can pledge to read on ‘Ireland Reads’ Day, 25 February.

The website also offers book recommendations, suited to a person’s interests and the time they have available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country. The website will even work out how long it will take to finish the book recommendation – like a couch to 5k but for books! 

Ireland Reads Kildare Library Events

Ireland Reads: Share Your Love…for Poetry
Tuesday, 16th February, 7pm 
Poetry lovers, we invite you to join us as we celebrate Ireland Reads and Valentine’s Day with an evening of sharing poetry aloud. Maynooth Community Library will host an evening of poetry readings and recitations in which all are welcome. Some of you may wish to read a poem aloud to the group, and others might like to just listen. Either way, we’ll join together to appreciate the beauty of poetry.
Open to all. 

Ireland Reads: Kerri ní Dochartaigh in conversation with Manchán Magan
Thursday, 18th February, 7pm
Debut author Kerri Ní Dochartaigh’s Thin Places is described as a “powerful, unflinching account of her war-torn childhood and her quest for peace [which] is part hymn to nature, part Troubles memoir.” Join Manchán Magan as he talks to Kerri about her writing. This talk will be hosted on zoom and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite:

Ireland Reads: Books Worth Living For (15+) Authors Cethan Leahy and Moïra Fowley-Doyle discuss some of their favourite books 
Friday, 19th February, 4pm
Authors Cethan Leahy and Moïra Fowley-Doyle discuss some of their favourite books, with recommendations for Teenagers and Young Adults to help you get through lockdown and beyond. Suitable for ages 15 years and older. This talk will be hosted on zoom and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite:  

Ireland Reads: Stories for adults – Andrias de Staic  
Friday, 19 February, 8pm
Renowned Storyteller and Writer Aindrias de Staic will perform a few stories hosted by Kildare Library Service. This will include some traditional stories, self-penned poems and a story performance from his upcoming debut collection of short stories “Strung”.Set in rural West of Ireland in the late 90’s, “Strung” is a collection of tales about a fiddle player in the West of Ireland – containing thinly disguised autobiographical content which swells with booze and tunes, and the Celtic Tiger begins to roar….Tickets available here:  

Ireland Reads: How to Raise Readers talk with Lorraine Levis
Monday, 22nd February, 7.30pm
Join Lorraine Levis, author of ‘Once Upon a Reader: Raising Your Children with a Love of Books’ for a general talk discussing getting children engaged with books from newborns to Teens/YA with Q and A afterwards.This talk will be hosted on zoom and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite at the link below:  

Ireland Reads: My Favourite Book with the Kildare Libraries (Face)Book Club  
Tuesday, 23rd February, 8:15pm
Join us on Zoom where we will discuss our February BorrowBox pick “Leonard and Hungry Paul” by Rónán Hession, followed by each attendee sharing one of their favourite books with the group. New members are always welcome! For more information, join us on Facebook at, or email

Ireland Reads: 10 Books You Should Read
Wednesday, 24th February, 7pm
The Kildare Readers’ Festival committee have organised a special Ireland Reads edition of Ten Books You Should Read. We are delighted to have two fantastic independent bookshop owners Dawn Behan of Woodbine Books in Kilcullen and Neil Paul of Tertulia Bookshop in Westport, Co. Mayo. Dawn and Neil will each discuss five of their all-time favourite reads and why it is they love these books so much. There’ll also be an opportunity at the end of the talk for the audience to ask some questions and hopefully come away with some additional recommendations in the process.
This talk will be hosted on Zoom and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite at the following link:  

Ireland Reads: Author visit with Adiba Jaigirdar
Friday, 26th February, 3pm
Adiba Jaigirdar will talk about her acclaimed novel Henna Wars, becoming an author, and her love of reading. Followed by Author Q&A. Suitable for ages 14+ Book your tickets here:

Ireland Reads: Liam O’Maonlaí’s Favourite Books 
Friday, 26th February, 8pm
Join singer, songwriter and musician Liam O’Maonlaí of Hot House Flowers fame as he chats about his favourite books. Cas ar an amhránaí, an cumadóir amhrán agus an ceoltóir, Liam Ó Maonlaí ó na Hothouse Flowers agus é ag trácht ar na leabhair is fearr leis.  Come along to an informal session with Liam as he talks to us as gaeilge about some of his favourite reads and works that have influenced him. Bí linn ag seisiún neamhfhoirmiúil le Liam agus é ag labhairt linn as Gaeilge faoi chuid de na leabhair is fearr leis agus na saothair a chuaigh i gcion air.  The talk will be delivered via Zoom and is part of the Ireland Reads campaign to promote reading for well-being. Is trí Zoom a bheidh an chaint agus is cuid í d’fheachtas Ireland Reads chun léitheoireacht ar mhaithe leis an tsláinte a chur chun cinn.

Songwriting for Young Adults (Beginners)
Saturday, 27th February, 3pm
Have you ever wanted to try songwriting but didn’t know where to begin? Join us for a basic introduction on getting started, putting a finished song together, working with software & getting registered as a songwriter. No formal background in music required! If you play an instrument, great! If not, don’t worry, it’s not needed for this workshop. Suitable for ages 13-17.
Register at  

Ireland Reads: Teen and Young adult reading with Lorraine Levis 
Monday 8th March, 7.30pm
Join Lorraine Levis, author of ‘Once Upon a Reader: Raising Your Children with a Love of Books’ for a talk on entering the teenage years and broaching difficult subjects through books and also the difference between teen/YA/adult books for parents. This talk will be hosted on zoom and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite at the link below:

Library Services Events

Kildare Library eServices Series: 
Online Demo & Q&A
Get started with your library eServices from Kildare Library Service! Join us on Zoom for a walkthrough guide of the services on offer. Each session will cover different categories of 
eService—see below for the categories covered.Please note you will need the following to participate in these sessions:Your library card and PIN*To be able to download and install apps on your deviceAccess to your email*Please ensure your library membership is in-date. If you are not sure, or if you don’t know your PIN, contact any full-time Kildare library Monday – Friday between 9.30am and 5pm.If you would like to use these apps on your device during the session, it is recommended you use Zoom on another device, such as a PC, laptop or tablet.

eBooks & Audiobooks: BorrowBox Online Demo & Q&A 
Friday 12th February at 2pm
Over 18,000 eBooks and 10,000 Audiobooks, free to borrow with BorrowBox. Join us on Zoom for a walkthrough of getting started with BorrowBox.
Book your place via Eventbrite here:

Magazines & Newspapers: rbDigital & PressReader Online Demo & Q&A  
Tuesday 16th February at 2pm
Free access to hundreds of popular magazines and national / international newspapers. Join us on Zoom for a guide to getting started with the rbDigital and PressReader apps.
Book your place via Eventbrite here: 

Online Learning & Courses: Universal Class/Transparent Languages Online Demo & Q&A Friday 19th February at 2pm
Further your education, upskill or learn a new hobby or language with Universal Class and Transparent Languages. Join us on Zoom for a guide to getting started with these services.
Book your place via Eventbrite here:

Music Streaming: Freegal Online Demo & Q&A 
Tuesday 23rd February at 2pm
Freegal is a free music streaming service offering access to 15 million songs! Join us on Zoom for a guide on using Freegal and getting the music started!
Book your place via Eventbrite here 
Online services during Coronavirus
You can join the library online and get eBooks, eAudiobooks, online magazines and newspapers for free straight away, or even take language
and other courses. Just Click Here!

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