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Book clubs and story-time resume under a library gazebo in Bray

Wicklow County Council Library Service has purchased a number of pop-up gazebos which will provide a sheltered and identifiable space for some socially distanced storytime and book club events outside during the coming weeks.

Ballywaltrim Library Book Club was renewed outdoors on Wednesday, 9th June.  The day had dawned overcast and showery but by midday, the sun had emerged much to library staff’s relief.

Librarians Deirdre Flannery and David Forde hosted the event which will take place on a monthly basis outdoors this summer.

The book chosen for discussion was “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris.  The book tells the story of how Slovakian Jew Lale Sokolov, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1942, fell in love with a girl he was tattooing at the concentration camp.

New members are always welcome and should contact Ballywaltrim library at ballywaltrimlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie or Tel: 01-2723205 for further information.

Ballywaltrim Library has also launched their Summer Stars programme and so far have had successful and fun outdoor storytime sessions.  These will continue for the summer months at 10.30 am on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons at 3.30 pm under the gazebo in the library garden.

Both Bray and Ballywaltrim libraries are lucky to have attractive landscaped garden spaces, ideally suited to outdoor events where socially distant seating can be provided.

Bray Library hosted their first in-person Read the Rainbow book-club session on Tuesday, 8th June, in the garden under a gazebo to the front of the library, following five months of Zoom meetings. The group discussed “Fair Play”, by Tove Jansson – a clear favourite – and the beautiful Mary Oliver poem “The Gardens”, as suggested by book club member Rosamund.

For enquiries about membership, please email braylib@wicklowcoco.ie or phone the library at 01-2826200.

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