Sunday, 6 November 2011

Launch of stillorgan library

Last Friday saw the launch of Stillorgan library.  The event which was hosted by Branch
Librarian Ann Millane saw the library officially re-opened by Leas Comhairle Jane Dillon
Byrne.  The Leas Comhairle proved to be a engaging and witty speaker and entertained the
community filled audience with the tale of how stillorgan library got a temporary portacabin
for 35 years but that is county councils for you!
The humble portacabin has now been transformed into a state of the art community ammenity with
self-service machines, a bright open plan and wheelchair accessibility.

Around 100 members of the community, library staff and council officials turned up
for  canapes, wine, live music and special guest speaker Monica McInerney. 
Monica McInerney is the author of 10 books which deal with families, life, love and everything in between.
Having lived in Australia, Britain and Ireland, this talented author has a unique take
on the everyday themes which affect us all.  In a refreshing and at times hillarious speech,
she gave the audience her tips on how to read more.  Here are the ones I remember.

1. Bring a book everywhere- while your waiting for the bus, on your lunch break, waiting
to pick the kids up from school, life provides many moments in which you can read.

2. Open your mind to different types of books- If you always read Thrillers try a romance.
If you always read classics, try a contemporary writer.

3. Get to know you local librarian or book seller.  These people are professionals and can
help you find a book you will like.

4. If you are struggling with a book or are not enjoying it, stop reading it and start reading
something else.  Don't let one bad experience put you off for life.

Monica McInerney signed copies of her new novel 'Lola's Secret' in the library.
These books were supplied by Dubray bookstore located in the Stillorgan shopping centre.

To find out more about Stillorgan library and the other libraries in Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown
go to
To read more about Monica McInerney go to
For a list of Dubray stores, their best sellers and promotions click on

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