Blessington Library

Opening Hours

Tuesday/Thursday
10.00am until 8.30pm
Monday/Wednesday / Friday / Saturday
10.00am until 5.00pm
Closed Saturday and Monday on bank holiday

Contact Details

Acting Executive Librarian: Margaret Birchall
Phone: 045 891 740
Email:MBirchal@wicklowcoco.ie or blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

National Heritage Week Events in Blessington Library

To mark National Heritage Week, Blessington Library will host two events on the flooding of the Liffey Valley and the construction of the Poulaphouca Resevoir.

Flooding of the Liffey Valley Talk by local archaeologist Liz Gardner on this fascinating time in the history of Poulaphouca - Blessington Library, Tuesday, 22nd August, 7.30pm.

At 10am on 3rd March 1940 the sluice gate diverting the River Liffey around the Poulaphouca Dam was closed and the Poulaphouca Reservoir began to fill. 6500 acres of land had been cleared to make way for the reservoir and 76 houses were lost to the floodwaters, including the whole townland of Ballinahown.

Flooding of the Liffey Valley Exhibition, Blessington Library, 22nd August to 9th September
This exhibition will focus on the formation of Blessington Lake through to the construction of Poulaphuca Reservoir and the flooding of the Valley in the 1940s.
On display – photographs, items of interest found near lake, location maps of submerged houses & copies of the Irish Folklore Commission survey completed by local school children at the time.
The exhibition is free to all and may be viewed during library opening hours.

Come in and borrow our new Musical Instruments

Calling all budding musicians to Blessington and Arklow libraries.We have just launched a musical instrument lending scheme. The new instruments will be available to rent by families or community music groups from Wednesday 4th July, providing an opportunity for young people to try out playing an instrument before making a financial commitment. This exciting project has been developed in collaboration between Wicklow County Council and Music Generation Wicklow and is intended to encourage young people to start playing an instrument.

For more information please download the the two documents at the bottom of this page - Rental Information Form & Rental Agreement Form.

 

List of Summer Events in Blessington Library

(to print out a list of summer events click on the file at the bottom of page)

The Summer Stars Reading Adventure for all school-going children will be taking place in Blessington Library and in all our Wicklow libraries this summer. Come in and register anytime from Monday, 26th June. You will receive your Record Card to track your progress, some prizes along the way and a wonderful Magic Show in September if you complete the eight-book reading challenge. For more information go to www.summerstars.ie

 

We also have the following events to add you to your Summer Diary

Storytime & Craft, 5-7 yr olds, 11am, Every Monday from 3rd July to 28th August

Storytime & Craft 8-10 yr olds, 2.30pm, Every Wednesday from 5th July to 30th August

Storytime & Craft 3-6 yr olds, 11.30am, Every Saturday (ongoing)

 

Renew your books online

 

 

Weekly Activities

 

Library Tech Help - one-on-one help with library technology

  • Learn to renew, search, reserve from our online catalogue
  • Find out how to access our free online magazines, eBooks, eAudio books,language courses, learning courses, newspapers, encyclopaedia, journals database, comics & graphic novels
  • Must be booked - please call to library desk or call/email Evelyn or Margaret at 045 891740 / ecooley@wicklowcoco.ie

Baby Book Time - will resume in September

Age Group: 0-18mths - Time: Every Friday at 10 am
Contact Blessington Library on 045 891740/mbirchal@wicklowcoco.ie

Toddler Time - will resume in September

Come and join our storytime with song and dance.
Just for toddlers and their parents/minders.
Age Group: 18mths to 3 years. Time: Every Friday 11.am
Contact Blessington Library on 045 891740/mbirchal@wicklowcoco.ie

Children's Story Time & Craft

Age Group: 3-6yr olds - Time: Every Saturday at 11.30 am
No booking required

Book Club

Our Book Club meet on the last Friday of the month at 11.30 a.m. Currently looking for new members. Contact the library for further information 045 891740 / mbirchal@wicklowcoco.ie

The Crafty Hookers 

Every Wednesday at  11am.
New members welcome

Citizens Infomation

Every Tuesday 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday 10-12.30 P.M.Free & confidential advice provided on issues such as social welfare, health, housing, finance, family matters, disabilty etc. No appointment required, drop in service 

Free Legal Aid

1st and 3rd Tuesday evening of the month. Call the library at 045 891740 or the Citizens Information lo call number at 1890 777 121 to make an appointment.