Make joining the library a New Year’s resolution. That’s the message from Wicklow County Council Library Service.
“We would like to see everyone in County Wicklow get their free library card so they have access to all of the wonderful resources on offer,” says Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Brian Gleeson, “Our libraries really do have something for everyone.”
Going far beyond books alone, the library provides so much in terms of community need:
- Free high-speed internet access keeps people connected to school or work
- Access to the online genealogy resource ‘Find My Past’
- Sensory spaces and kits for young people with neurodivergent conditions
- Literacy supports
- ‘Mathletics’ maths support
- Online language learning
- Book clubs
- Virtual and in-person parenting programmes
- Musical instruments to borrow
- The FAST collection – a collection of sensory educational toys for borrowing
The library has also recently installed story trails in Baltinglass and Roundwood for families to enjoy when out and about in the fresh air.
All of this is available with library membership along with further events and facilities such as author visits, story times, art, music and cultural events, talks on a range of topics, watch a film, play games and enjoy a host of other activities completely free-of-charge.
Libraries are also the place to go for lifelong learning: whether you are working on a school project, looking for a new book, or simply want to gain a new skill, your public library has free, easy-to-use resources that can be accessed in person or online.
Endorsing the campaign to encourage everyone to get a library card, Cllr Tommy Annesley, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, said: “You will never be asked why you’re in a library – it’s one of the last places on this planet along, with the great outdoors, where you will not have to justify your presence.”
Currently there are two choices of library card: the traditional card and also the My First Library Card for young children.
The library is now running a competition in secondary schools to get a brand-new card designed for young adults. Information will be sent to all secondary school art departments this week to encourage teens to get their submissions in.
So, celebrate libraries and all they have to offer by contacting your local library branch and get hold of what is surely the smartest card in town.