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Libraries as Places of Sanctuary

Library Ireland Week takes place from Sunday, December 4th to Saturday, December 10th, 2022.  The theme of this year’s week is “Libraries as Places of Sanctuary”.

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The week, which is organised by the Library Association of Ireland, raises the profile of libraries and information service staff, and showcases their resources, facilities, events and services through dedicated programmes and events.

Throughout the week public libraries, special libraries, business libraries, health libraries, law libraries, academic libraries, prison libraries and government libraries all around Ireland will celebrate by showcasing their unique resources, running events and engaging in a nationwide social media campaign.

During Library Ireland Week, libraries across Ireland are invited to host an online event, social media campaign, activity or exhibition celebrating the theme ‘Libraries as Places of Sanctuary’.

President of the Library Association of Ireland Cathal McCauley says, “We see this as an opportunity to celebrate our libraries throughout Ireland and for library staff to hear from their communities about how their lives are impacted by libraries and the teams behind them particularly as we emerge from a period of unforeseen circumstance and challenge.”

Library Ireland Week is a celebration of libraries and the people who work in libraries throughout Ireland celebrating their dedication, commitment and influence on the individuals and communities they serve.  This year the theme focuses on how libraries in Ireland have the ability to provide democratic, open and welcoming places for all. They nurture their communities, foster learning and education, encourage creativity, promote our country’s heritage and provide places of refuge from a hectic world.

During the month of December, Waterford Libraries invite you to take some time out from the busy Winterval and Christmas activities to pause and relax at our library branches.  Pick up a newspaper, chill out with your family at one of our library storytimes or craft sessions, or browse our carefully chosen book displays of new books and cosy Christmas reads for all ages.

Events around the country are detailed via our Library Ireland Week website www.libraryirelandweek.ie.  Library Ireland Week is supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts. All details are available at http://libraryirelandweek.ie/get-involved/ or you can stay up to date with all that is happening in your local library on www.waterfordlibraries.ie

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