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Books are for Life – Programme (annual conference 2011)

Wednesday 2nd November

6pm – Registration

8pm – Official Opening of the Conference.

Thursday 3rd November

9.00am – Session 1: Fionnuala Hanrahan, President of the Library Association of Ireland.

9.20am – Session 2: ‘The role of public libraries in the public sphere’, Maureen Garvey.

9.35am - Session 3: ‘Any Strategic Vision of emotions is an Inevitable Degradation of Them: Your Library’s Contribution to Life’s Adventure’, Pat McMahon, Galway County Librarian.

9.50am – Exhibitors’ Lightening Talks with Dreamlines Entertainment; ADC Plasticard, and MW Books.

10.00am – Session 4: ‘Poetry in Libraries – What’s the problem?’, Joe Woods, Director of Poetry Ireland.

10.45am – Exhibitors’ Lightening Talks with2CQR, Infor, Work Rest Play Interiors, and Clipper Audio.

11.00 – tea/coffee and trade exhibition.

11.20 – Session 5: ‘Who Says Crime Doesn’t Pay? The Enjoyment of the Crime Novel to the Fiction Reader’, Ava McCarthy, bestselling author.

12.00 – Exhibitors’ Lightening Talks with Interleaf, 3M and the Tara Book Company.

12.15pm – Session 6: ‘Me Read? No Way!: The Reading Gap Between Boys and Girls, a Conversation’, Judi Curtin, Children’s author and Alan Nolan , Graphic Novelist.

12.50pm – Session 7: ‘The Reader Organisation: bringing about a Reading Revolution’, Jane Davis, Director, The Reader Organisation.

1.30pm – Lunch and trade exhibition.

2.15pm – A visit to the new Tuam Library.

7.15pm  Pre-dinner reception.

8.00pm – Conference dinner, with after-dinner speaker Seamus Cashman, publisher and poet.

Friday 4th November

9.30am – Session 8: ‘World Book Night’, Julia Kingsford, Chief Executive of World Book Night.

10.00am – Session 9: ‘Literacy: empowering our communities’, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D., member of the Oireachtas Committee on Education, Enterprise & Social Protection.

10.45am Tea / Coffee and trade exhibition.

11.05am – Session 10: ‘Aye Write! A double positive approach to reading in Glasgow’, Katrina Brodin, Library Manager, Glasgow Libraries, Culture & Sport.

11.45pm – Session 11: Quickfire Round, featuring:

‘The Polar Express’ by Anne Marie Mullins, Tipperary Libraries.

‘Outreach Project to Travelling Community’ by Bernie Meenaghan, South Dublin Libraries.

‘The Human Library’ by Cora Gunther, Galway Public Library.

‘Toys, Technology and Training’ by Pat Lonergan, Kildare Libraries.

‘The Irish PLR Scheme’ by Eva McEneaney, An Chomhairle Leabharlanna.

‘Reaching Out: the Public Library Serving the Community’, Shauna Henry, Meath County Library

1.30pm – Lunch and trade exhibition.

12.15pm – Session 12: ‘My Life in Books’ with Eddie O’Sullivan, Loretta Ni Ghabhain, and Seamus Cashman.

1.00pm – Lunch and close

To book simply email Melanie Cunningham at

Please see the delegate fees page for day delegate rates.