One of the things that makes Ballina such a great town to live in is the fact that every day, and every evening, you’ll always find something interesting to do. And one of our very favourite places to see and do things is our local library, Ballina Library, or to give its proper name, Mayo County Library, Ballina.
The building in which the library is housed is worthy of a book in its own right; it saw Michael Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell speak from its balcony. W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge and Douglas Hyde all checked in at some point or another, it boasted a lively social scene and there were even connections with Queen Victoria.
As a major player in the story of Ballina, it is appropriate that this historic building, as well as hosting infinite knowledge of local history and many keys to learning, is at the heart of the community offering in so many other ways.Keep scrolling down for March/April events
– All the latest fiction and non-fiction titles, Large Print titles and Audio Books
– Dedicated children’s area – fiction and non-fiction books. At Ballina Library we cater for children of all ages – from tiny tots to teenagers. Whether your child likes escaping into a world of fantasy, or prefers to learn more about the world we live in – we have just the book.
– Special Requests and Inter-Library Loans
– DVD Collection
– Daily and local newspapers are available. Back issues may be viewed on microfilm (advisable to book in advance)
– Free Internet access and access to online information services for library members, such as The Irish Times, Encyclopedia Britannica, Wilson Periodicals Database, Credo Reference and Factfinder Business Information
– Photocopying facilities
– Reference and Information Service -Do you need information on an Act of the Oireachtas, planning laws, the register of electorates, cancer treatments, Sports injuries, diet and exercise?
– Whatever you’re looking for, just ask at the Reference Desk and they will help you to find the information you seek.
– Multi-cultural Resources Foreign Language Collection – including books and DVDs in Polish, French, German, Italian & Spanish.
– Free Computer Classes for the older person during the festival of Bealtaine which takes place annually in May
– Storytime for Children each Thursday at 4pm
– Exhibitions and Events – Ballina library plays host to an on-going collection of events and exhibitions. If you are interested in showcasing an event or exhibition in the branch please contact the library.
– Annual Children’s Book Festival every October
– Ballina Library receives the Excellence through Accessibility Award 2007 (requires Acrobat Reader: opens new window)
– School tour visits – library staff facilitate school visits which aim to provide the children with an introduction to all the library services
– Grow it Yourself Ireland’s Ballina Branch meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm
– Ballina Music Club meets monthly in Ballina Library. All interested in an enjoyable, musical experience are welcome.
Have you an interest in the War of Independence? Would you be interested in an introduction to the Military Archives to discover the ordinary lives and extraordinary first-hand accounts of those times? Ballina Library together with the Jackie Clarke Collection will present a talk and hands-on computer demonstration by Frank Fagan on Wednesday 21st February at 11am in Ballina Library. The presentation is free of charge, but places are limited so booking is essential. Please contact the Jackie Clarke Collection on 096 73508 or Ballina Library on 096 70833 to book.
Have you ever thought about building your own robot and then battling other robots? Colmac Robotics will visit Ballina Library on Saturday 24th February at 11am. A 3 hour sumo workshop to build robots in groups and then battle them against each other in a ring. Especially suitable for children aged 8-13. Booking essential – call 096 70833!
As part of Healthy Ireland at Your Library, you’re invited to ‘laugh your cares away’ at Ballina Library! Bring a yoga mat and towel. Admission is free, but again, booking is essential – call 096 70833 and get ready for a giggle!
As part of Healthy Ireland at Your Library, Occupational Psychologist Paul Marsden is offering sessions in the following:
March 7: Understanding Stress & Building Resilience, Part 1
March 14: Understanding Stress & Building Resilience, Part 2
March 21: Introducing Mindfulness into Your Busy Life
March 28: Strategies for Good Mental Health
Admission is free, but booking advised: 096 70833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.