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Right to Read:

Right to Read is a coordinated framework for literacy support and development throughout Carlow town and county, delivered by Carlow County Council.

Carlow Library Service is the lead agency with the County Librarian and programme Co-ordinator working towards:

  • Leading the programme and overseeing progress of this Literacy Action Plan in partnership with members of the Right to Read Local Network
  • Delivering more systematic literacy support at local level
  • Coordinating delivery of the identified core service offer
  • Bringing together the knowledge and experience of skilled staff in Local Authority services and local agencies

As the focus for 2018 is on children and families, relevant agencies are represented on the current network with the aim of identifying potential partnerships and providing a structured plan for addressing literacy needs throughout the Local Authority area.

As the programme develops the focus will change to incorporate other areas such as digital literacy, age-friendly, jobseekers etc. and the network membership will be reviewed to reflect this.

Find out more here: http://www.carlowlibraries.ie/explore/right-to-read

Instrument Library:

Music Generation Carlow has teamed up with Carlow Library Service to develop an extensive bank of musical instruments which will be made available through the library service to young people and children in County Carlow. These musical resources will be stored in Carlow Central, Borris and Tullow Libraries and will made available to music generation participants using the library lending system.

Musical Instruments

Music generation Carlow, part of Music Generation Ireland – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme has implemented a range of music education services for young people in County Carlow. The first phase of Music Generation Carlow Library Resource is well underway and instruments are available for lending using Carlow’s network of library branches which facilitates easy access to valuable music resources.

It is hoped that access to these resources will inspire and enable children and young people from all backgrounds and regions of County Carlow to learn to play musical instruments, sing, make music with others and have opportunities to progress to the next level of excellence. This will include establishing performance opportunities locally, regionally and nationally.

Mind Matters at your local library

Mind Matters

The use of books for therapeutic purposes is known as bibliotherapy. It is increasingly acknowledged as being of great benefit to help people to deal with life’s difficulties. Carlow County Library has developed a collection of recommended books which are available to enhance people’s lives. Books can be supplied to any of our four branch libraries as required. The list includes books for individuals and families. The collection is currently available in Carlow Central Library. Carlow Central Library has a collection of books supporting mental health called Mind Matters. This collection is currently being extended to all our libraries. Download the Mind Matters Brochure here

Library Link

Carlow Library Service in partnership with Carlow County Development Partnership’s Care and Repair Service will be providing a mobile library service called Library Link to participants of the Care and Repair Service commencing on June 9th and monthly thereon in. The Care and Repair Team will visit up to 30 participants in their homes across Carlow County and will bring collections of books, films, music and audio books all provided by Carlow County Library. All participants will become members of the library and have access to all services. This initiative allows Carlow Library Service to reach those who may not be able to visit our libraries and allows us to work in partnership with Carlow County Development Partnership who have the resources to reach those in most need of services. If you would like any additional information on Carlow Care and Repair call CCDP at 059 9720733, email careadmin@carlowdevelopment.ie or Carlow Library Service at 059 9129705 or library@carlowcoco.ie


The Six Book Challenge:

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In 2014, Carlow Library Service and Kilkenny & Carlow ETB joined up with The Reading Agency in the UK to get even more adults in Carlow reading, through the Six Book Challenge reading and adult learning programme. Launched in 2008, The Reading Agency’s annual, Six Book Challenge encourages less confident readers to develop a new reading habit and improve their skills at the same time. Participants are invited to pick six reads of their choice and complete a reading diary in order to receive incentives along the way and a certificate. The project is currently running in Carlow, Tullow and Muinebheag libraries in partnership with a variety of organisations. If you wish to find out more about the challenge call into any of our branches.