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Saturday, 16th January 2021

Louth Library Service – something for everyone during lockdown

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In these long days and nights of lockdown many people are taking the opportunity to read more books. Louth’s public libraries may be closed in line with Level 5 restrictions but there are still many ways members can access free reading material.

Their latest initiative has been to introduce a new Housebound Service by which library staff will deliver your favourite books straight to your door. 

“This has been an enormous benefit to users and we have received some very positive feedback” a spokesperson said. 

“We are continuing to operate this service for the older members of our community or those who are particularly vulnerable during this time.” 

“You can get in touch by emailing libraryhelpdesk@louthcoco.ie or ringing 042-9353190, leave a message with your name and number and a staff member will get back to you. 

“Tell us what type of books you like, and our driver will deliver them safely to your door in line with all Public Health protocols. 

Louth County Library staff with the mobile library.

“Louth Library’s e-Resources and online services have really come into their own over the past year and continue to be extremely popular.

Log on to the website at https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/services/library/ and download the Louth Libraries App to access a wide variety of online resources such as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, learn a language with Transparent Languages or a new skill with Universal Class. 

“There really is something for everyone and all ages.  If you are not already a library member you can join by filling in the online form where you will get a temporary library card number and PIN and will then be able to access services.  Once libraries re-open you can visit your local branch to collect your new library card.

“As part of Louth Library Services’ commitment to supporting the community’s well-being during this time, we continue to programme events safely in online settings for children and adults. 

“Forthcoming virtual events include a mindfulness workshop, baby sign classes and advice from LMETB under the Work Matters initiative.  For Engineers Week there will be Lego and Minecraft workshops. 

“Louth Library Service has also secured funding to deliver projects including a Creative Writing workshop with mentor Declan Burke and a Manga Workshop for teenagers with the very popular Alan Nolan. 

“Our online story time and craft sessions continue on our Social Media channels where there is also information on supports and resources for parents and students. 

“Don’t forget to check out the library blog, Shelf Life, full of book recommendations, interviews, opinion pieces and tips and advice to improve well-being.” 

For more information on all of Louth Library services see:

Website https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/services/library/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LouthCountyLibraries/

E-mail the helpdesk at libraryhelpdesk@louthcoco.ie.

“All loans are extended while we are closed so there’s no need to worry, there are no late fines and we have also renewed all library cards that are due to expire.  Louth Library staff will be delighted to see you and your family back in our buildings when we re-open.” 

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