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Saturday is the day to leap to your local library

Cork County Council's Library and Arts Services invites you to take a closer look at all that is on offer at your local library on Saturday, February 29, for National Library Open Day.

Libraries throughout Cork County will be hosting a special showcase of their services, as well as activities for all ages and interests on the day. Visitors can experience a range of services on offer including arts, crafts, storytelling, music, knitting, coding and more. Attendance is free and is open to anyone, regardless of whether or not you're a member.

Friendly library staff will be on hand to show visitors around their local branch and demonstrate the wide variety of services Cork County Council's Libraries offer, including the nationally recognised 'A Sound Initiative' which allows library card holders to borrow musical instruments, visitors will also be able to sign up for a library membership.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to engage with one of the most vital, free services available in Cork. Cork County Council's Library and Arts services have done incredible work in improving accessibility to allow for as many people as possible to avail of the benefits," said the newly-minted Mayor of the County of Cork, Charleville's Cllr Ian Doyle.

"It's about far more than books and newspapers. Our libraries now provide essential community support in terms of social inclusion, learning, culture and developing a sense of place. I strongly encourage everyone to pop down to their local branch this National Library Day," added Mayor Doyle, who is also president of his local heritage society in Charleville.

National Library Open Day on February 29th will run nationwide to promote the important libraries play in their communities. Contact your local library branch to find out times of activities or to book a place.

For contact details, visit Information will also be shared on Cork County Libraries and Arts Social Media (Facebook: @corkcocolibrary & Twitter: @corkcolibrary).

Talk on Irish police casualties in Blarney

Blarney and District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture entitled: 'Irish Police Casualties - Including those of the War of Independence' on Thursday next, 5th March at 8.00pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School).

The guest speaker is local historian Mr. Jim Herlihy. Everybody is welcome to attend - non-members €4.