Celebrating Culture Night in Blanchardstown Library
Friday, September 22 ended as any other Friday in Blanchardstown Library, but less than half an hour after closing time, the doors re-opened to welcome our borrowers back for our Culture Night celebrations. Following on from last year’s wildly successful showcase, the library staff were excited to host the event once more,
Friday, September 22 ended as any other Friday in Blanchardstown Library, but less than half an hour after closing time, the doors re-opened to welcome our borrowers back for our Culture Night celebrations.
Following on from last year’s wildly successful showcase, the library staff were excited to host the event once more, with a bigger and better schedule which was planned and prepared for months in advance.
From left: Senior Executive Librarian, Lilian Whelan, Paul Flaherty, Lorraine O’Reilly, Ronan O’Malley, Conor Hennessy, Stephanie Brophy, Aoife Carberry, Lynda Beasley & Jennifer Kestell
We started off our celebrations, which formed part of the nationwide Culture Night Campaign, by welcoming our Summer Stars participants and their families. Over the school holidays, we invited our young borrowers to read eight or more books to fill their Summer Stars cards. Once the cards were filled, the readers got a little goodie bag and were invited to receive their medal and certificate of participation on Culture Night. The winners of our culture-themed Poetry and Colouring competitions also received their prizes, before Murf the Magician wowed our staff and borrowers with his hilarious show upstairs in the reference section.
Some very happy Summer Stars winners
Murf the Magician
Once we were all completely spellbound, we moved downstairs to see the gorgeous crafts created by the Blanchardstown Guild of the ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association) and the millinery masterpieces of Saraden Designs. We were amazed by the intricate work carried out by the ladies, and the beautiful quilts and framed stitch work were admired by all.
Gorgeous crafts created by the Blanchardstown Guild of the ICA
For the second year running, we were joined in our revelry by the Blanchardstown Brass Band, who got the musical entertainment off to an energetic start. There was lots of clapping, some dancing and, when the band kicked off their ABBA Gold medley, enthusiastic singing.
The stage was then handed over to three-piece trad group Strings and Things, who played us out with a mix of rousing reels, jigs and hornpipes, and nostalgia-inducing tunes and songs from different eras of Irish music.
With Joan Burton TD, from left: Paul Flaherty, Jennifer Kestell, Meadhbh Haiceid, Lorraine O’Reilly, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Senior Executive Librarian, Lilian Whelan & Lynda Beasley
Our borrowers were cheerful as the evening drew to a close, grateful for the opportunity to celebrate culture in the local library. As the doors closed for the second time that night, the thoughts of our borrowers and staff had already turned to next year’s event, and the possibilities that may bring!
By Aoife Carberry, Blanchardstown Library, Fingal County Libraries
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