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Partnership Programming

Kildare Library & Arts Service over the years has enjoyed partnering with other organisations to deliver various programmes. Today, more than ever, this is still the case and we are continuing to look for new partners who can join us. With the network of 16 service points/locations we are an ideal partner to deliver community focused projects throughout out the county. Below are examples of current partnership programmes:

Reading for Understanding and Enjoyment: How to support children's reading, writing and language skills through the primary school years

A series of FREE lectures during November and December 2016, presented by Kildare Library Services in partnership with Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University.

This programme presents a unique opportunity for parents to avail of the expertise of Niamh Fortune, a teacher educator in Literacy in Maynooth University. Hosted in the inclusive environment of Celbridge Community Library the lectures aim to assist parents in their support of children's reading, writing and language skills through the primary school years and will include time for questions and discussion.

Lecture 1: Supporting the emergent  reader and writer from an early age

Date: Wednesday 9th November

Time: 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Lecture 2: From learning to read to reading to learn

Date: Wednesday 23rd November  

Time: 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Lecture 3: A place for digital Literacy?

Date: Thursday 1st December

Time: 10 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.

All welcome. Please contact Celbridge Community Library to book: T. 01-6272207  or E. celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie

For further information please contact Eimear McGinn (Senior Executive Librarian) at emcginn@kildarecoco.ie 

Creative Well - Arts Workshops

The Creative Well offers free, friendly, daytime workshops in your local library where you can try creative arts activities. We welcome adults with all levels of experience including complete beginners. This programme offers the opportunity to learn about the arts, develop skills and connect with others in your community.

From March to June in 2012 we ran a series of workshops at Kildare town library that  offered an introduction to film and animation.

A 12 week programme,  one day a week. The workshops were delivered by professional trained artists in a supportive,relaxed and non-pressurised environment.

During workshops participants cexplore creative story-telling, create their own images and characters, and through the medium of film and stop-motion animation see their work come to life before their eyes. No computer or technical skills  required, participants of all ages contribute and learn from this unique experience.

If you are interested in this or future series please contact Catherine O’Grady on 087 0566784 (9am – 5pm) or email catherine.ogrady@hse.ie

To view a video of a Creative Well workshop in Kildare town library click here.

Revisiting Old Habits

Kildare County Council Library Service has partnered with community officers of the Housing Department to pilot the programme called “Revisiting Old Habits”. This is essentially a family learning an reading programme to promote literacy and reading in the home. The pilot will take place in Sallins and Rathangan and run from Septemer 2011  to June 2012 and will include visits from different autors such as Deirdre Purcell and Dermot Bolger, local history workshops, storytelling sessions and outings to the theatre or film club.

First time Parent’s Support Group

Held fortnightly in Leixlip Library in partnership with Michelle Kelleher and Niamh Callan, Public Health Nurses with the HSE.  Support, information and an opportunity to meet with other first time mothers.

English as a Foreign Language

English Language Classes held weekly in Celbridge and Leixlip Libraries in partnership with Co, Kildare VEC, Adult Education Service

On TRACK- Turning Retirement into Active Citizenship

This a course for retired adults to help them discover how to work for change in their community. This Age & Oppurtunity initiative will be run In Leixlip Library in partnership with Older Voices Kildare and Co. Kildare VEC Community Education Service.