125,000 library books borrowed

Fintan Lambe

Published 07/01/2014 | 05:34

ELECTRONIC readers might be gaining in popularity, but it seems the people of Gorey still love to get their hands on the traditional hardback or paperback book. Figures show that a remarkable 125,000 books were borrowed from Gorey Library during 2013.

Speaking about the success of the past year, Gorey Executive Librarian Hazel Percival said that the popularity of the local service continues to grow, and some 1,663 new members joined the Library during the year.

She added that some 175,000 people visited Gorey Library in 2013 and 27,472 of these used the computer service.

'Use of public access computer services increased by 28 per cent in the past year,' she said. 'Over 125,000 books were borrowed and 392 events were held for adults and children'.

The new Gorey Library opened its doors at the Civic Square in April 2011, and is one of the most modern libraries in the country.

'Adults and children now use technology to borrow and return books, to use the internet, wifi and print,' said Hazel. 'They bring in their own devices, attend lectures and workshops, music concerts, exhibitions, and use the Library to study. It's a busy place, and the beauty of it is that it's used in so many different ways by so many people.'

She said that part of the success is thanks to the local people. 'People in Gorey use this library well for both leisure and learning purposes,' she said. 'The Library is becoming known for its high quality programmes in literature, science, IT skills, and new this year is elanguage learning. Author visits complement literature programmes.'

'In 2013, we partnered with 30 schools, 18 community groups, nine writers, eight music groups, one community artist, seven local agencies, and ten national agencies to bring a lively broad ranging library service to Gorey,' she added. 'This, coupled with the commitment, vision, and helpfulness from the staff team, has helped to make Gorey Library a great place to visit.'

This work will continue in the coming year.

Russian language classes return this Tuesday evening, and Toddler Storytime begins again on Thursday at 11 a.m. The Book Club and Gorey Writers' Group meet next week. Computer classes are scheduled to start in late January and in March.

Conradh na Gaeilge invites you to join with them on Saturday, January 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a free lecture and discussion with Máire Burns. She will talk on 'Cruinniú chun an teanga Gaeilge I nGuaire agus Loch Garman a phlé'.

This Library will also work with other Wexford Council Services to offer public information and events with authors, tutors, musicians and other skilled people for learning and leisure, culture, and heritage programmes.

'This year, expect to hear more about 1914; how to make a robot; coding; astrology; the plays of JM Synge; Russian Literature from the time of WWI; Cuisle Cheol; Byrne Perry; a DAAFT concert, and more,' said Hazel. 'We look forward to welcoming all users back this year and we especially welcome families, who as yet have not had the opportunity to become familiar with the building and browse its services.'

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