Mallow Library has been selected to become the European Direct Information Centre for the South West Region for 2013-2017. The centre will be launched later this year and will serve Cork County, Cork City, Kerry, and Limerick.
The Europe Direct initiative was launched in Ireland in 2005 with the aim of creating a network of accessible, local information centres. The mission of the network is to distribute information and advice about the European Union's policies, actively promote local and regional debate about the European Union, allow the European institutions to disseminate local and regional information and give the public the opportunity to send feedback to the European Union.
Mallow Library is part of a network of eight public libraries throughout the country which have been selected to become European Direct Information Centres.The centre will be integrated into the current library building and will provide access to current print and electronic information sources regarding European Union policies, initiatives and supports.
The centre will also provide a direct phone link to the EU for enquiries. This should prove to be an invaluable support to everyone in the region who needs EU information.
Through a series of presentations, debates and a variety of activities for all ages, the Mallow Centre will offer everyone a chance to engage actively and discover more about the European Union. It is envisaged that the information centre will be fully operational by early summer and will be launched officially then. In the meantime, Mallow library staff are planning to stage a series of events throughout the year which will include an exciting mix of informational and cultural events for all ages.
EU matters aside, Mallow Library is inviting the general public to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice on March 5 when performances of scenes from the book will take place in the library, commencing at 2.30pm.
Following the great success of their recent performance in Library Headquarters, actors Irene Kelleher, Paula Lynch and Alan Martin will entertain with performances of a mixture of comic and more serious scenes from the book that will be familiar to generations of second level students