€86k grant earmarked for Louth County Libraries

Concern over roll out of self-service in libraries

Tamara O'Connell

Reporter:

Tamara O'Connell

Email:

tamara.oconnell@dundalkdemocrat.ie

LOUTH County Libraries is set to receive a grant of €64,645 with 25 per cent matched funding by Louth County Council, bringing the total amount to over €86,000.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development recently announced funding for library authorities to underpin the implementation of the new library strategy.

The funding will support initiatives commenced under the current strategy, Opportunities for All, while at the same time providing for the development and promotion of those initiatives under the new strategy.

It will enable the continued roll out of self-service in libraries as well as the implementation of the Right to Read and Work Matters programmes.

Louth County Cllr Mark Dearey raised concerns over the roll out of self-service in libraries leading to a reduction in staff numbers, however, he was assured there are no plans to reduce the number of staff.

Louth Libraries have an ongoing role to promote reader development and literacy and the importance of reading in children's lives.

A Right to Read network for the county is currently being set up by the library Right to Read coordinator with representatives from a number of local agencies and organisations around the county involved in developing or supporting literacy.

These include the Genesis Programme, Louth County Childcare Committee, home school liason officers and the LMETB.
The Baby Book Club in Dundalk Library beginning on Thursday, January 11 at 10am and fortnightly thereafter.

Dundalk Library will also host a 'Be Dog Smart Workshop' on January 24 at 11am. This workshop is aimed at parents and grandparents of primary school children. It will give advice on why dogs bite and useful safety tips.