Library Press Releases
New Mobile Library
Press Release – Friday 5th February 2016.
NEW MOBILE LIBRARY FOR WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL
4,000 mobile library users to benefit in villages and communities throughout the County.
Wexford County Council is to receive grant aid of €250,000 to fund a new mobile library for the County. The new vehicle will house up to 3,000 new books and will offer multimedia and modern IT facilities that are accessible to all.
The new state-of-the-art mobile library will allow for many of the new literacy promotion initiatives that are being provided by the library service to be made available to pre-schools and primary schools around the County. Its arrival will be welcome news to the 4,000 users of the mobile library service in villages and communities throughout the County.
Wexford County Council has two mobile library units, one based in Enniscorthy to serve the North of the county and one based in Wexford serving the South. Together they provide a vital library service to rurally isolated areas, serving over 50 community stops. More than 90,000 items are issued by the mobile service every year.
The new mobile library will be 100% grant funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and will be designed to meet the current demands of a modern Wexford Library Service. It replaces the previous mobile library which has been on the road since 1997.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr. Tony Dempsey welcomed the announcement of funding for a new mobile library for the county.
“The mobile library service plays a vital role in ensuring that library services are available to every member of our community, young and old, regardless of where they reside. This new mobile library will complement the education system and significantly improve library services to towns and villages throughout the County” said Councillor Dempsey.
Acting County Librarian, Eileen Morrissey says the new mobile library will be available for use following a procurement and detailed design process. Ms. Morrissey described the mobile library service as a key element in the Council’s programme to deliver modern library services across County Wexford, saying “The new mobile library will provide us with the ability to provide enhanced stock selection and other services to rural communities and promote reading, literacy and learning.”
Timetables for the Mobile Library Service can be downloaded from www.wexford.ie or contact your local branch library for more information.
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Memories of 1916 Oral History Project
Memories of 1916 Oral History Project
Local Stories sought for Commemorations next year
Throughout County Wexford, local people have important memories of 1916. Some remember experiences of their childhood. Others have memories passed on by their parents, older brothers and sisters or neighbours and friends. These memories and stories are important. Part of Wexford’s heritage, they must be captured soon or be lost forever.
The public library service is running a special Memories of 1916 Project within its Oral History Programme. If you have a story to tell please let it know. If you know someone with important memories, please encourage them to come forward and nominate them for interview. A form is available on the library website at http://www.wexford.ie/wex/Departments/Library/OralHistoryPodcasts/ and in every branch library
Then the library service will make contact and arrange the interview at a time that suits.
Each Teller will get a copy of the interview for themselves & for their family. It is important family history.
The library service will mind and will hold the interview in Trust for the people of Wexford as part of our local heritage. Local people and people all over the world will be able to listen to the interview via the library’s website. Historians, community activists and students will be able to use it for research. It will be part of a very important community record of Wexford people’s lives in times gone by.
For the commemorations next year, interviews will form part of a special website and will be included in a education pack on “1916 in County Wexford”, which will be distributed to schools countywide. A series of programmes for local radio are being developed also.
Everyone is asked to help make sure that the record of 1916 in County Wexford is as complete as possible.
Find details of the Scheme and examples of the existing recordings at http://www.wexford.ie/wex/Departments/Library/OralHistoryPodcasts/ or borrow them on CD from the local library