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Multi-cultural Services


Kildare has seen considerable changes in recent years – there are now more people living in the county than ever before, including many diverse cultures and nationalities. Kildare Library and Arts service recognise these recent changes in the county’s make-up, structure, community and people, and are committed to developing policies and practices that respond to all users, and to continue principals of access and inclusion.

Kildare library and Arts service’s response to ethnic diversity is seen through resources such as it’s bookstock and stock policy, newspapers and periodicals, language learning facilities, free Internet Access and it’s cultural, educational and informational programmes of activities and events.

Multicultural Collection

As one facet of Kildare Library & Arts Service’s multicultural activities, a pilot scheme to rent novels in foreign languages was initiated. Languages chosen were based on consultation with members of the library and local schools.

The collection includes popular fiction, literary classics, prizewinners, English translations of native works and vice versa. Examples of authors include Judith Krantz, Josephine Cox, Agatha Christie, George Orwell and Lewis Carroll, which have been translated into French, Spanish, Romanian, Francophone, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian and Bulgarian, as well as native authors, such as Jelloun and Andrus Kivirahk. The titles were chosen for men, women and children.

The books were rented from B.R.I.G.H.T Rentals, based in Lancashire, for a minimum period of 4 months, which allowed the popularity and take up of the collection to be assessed.

The rented collection proved so successful that Kildare Library and Arts Service decided to make it a permanent addition to stock, and began to purchase materials in foreign languages.

The amount of titles and the range of languages were increased.

Athy, Celbridge, Newbridge, Naas and Maynooth libraries all received a selection of stock with promotional materials and display stands, to highlight and promote the collection.

It is hoped to extend the collection to all branches in Kildare in the near future, and to introduce a request service where borrowers can request a translation or original publication from their home country.

A Collection of Irish fiction translated into foreign languages was donated to Kildare Library & Arts Service by the International Language Exchange. This collection is now integrated into the foreign fiction collection.

Children’s Multicultural Resources

Kildare Library and Arts Service have a wide selection of children’s fiction and non-fiction multi-cultural material.

Non-fiction material includes books on different customs, religions, poetry and countries from around the world.

Fiction material ranges from foreign authors translated into English to dual language books such as those from Mantra publications. Dual language material includes the languages Polish, Czech, Spanish, Italian, German and French.

Can't Lose Cant!

Can’t lose Cant! was a unique project which resulted in the world’s first book on the Cant Traveller language.