Libraries reading the good news on grants

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by Bernie English

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LIBRARIES in Limerick have been reading a good news letter from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.

The Minister has confirmed that €21,727 in Government funding is being made available to assist libraries around Limerick to reach out and improve services across all ages and communities in the city and county.

The library funding will be allocated to a number of programmes, including:

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– €4,500 for Crafting Connections, engaging with nursing homes and schools to facilitate a shared crafting and art project to encourage intergenerational learning and building connections.

– €7,193.30, for Outreach to Men’s/Women’s Shed Groups. Tailored workshops, seminars and events on wellbeing, staying active, digital literacy, book groups and writer visits, handcraft and artwork workshops to various shed groups around the county.

– €3,592.40 for Sensory Toys for people with sensory and mobility needs for two library branches, which will support children and parents with development of skills including gross motor, fine motor, communication and visual perception skills.

– €1,144.80 for 200 one-year licences for  Reading Eggs for children aged seven to 10 who need to focus on phonics/sight words and developing their reading skills.

Limerick City Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell said: “This very welcome funding is designed to support and encourage the use of libraries by children, the elderly, people with disabilities and a range other library users. The funding will provide for a variety of equipment, classes and activities in libraries across the country and I am delighted that many of our libraries in Limerick will benefit.”