Announcing Children’s Book Festival 2022

Children’s Book Festival 2022

Welcome to Monaghan County Libraries Children’s Book Festival 2022.   We are delighted to present a fantastic line up of authors & illustrators for this year’s festival.  You’ll notice that some events are happening in our library branches, some are being pre-arranged with schools and some are being streamed live online and can be broadcast directly into your classroom  using the  platform Crowdcast, which we hope you are all familiar with at this stage. If not, full instructions on how to access the event will be provided on booking.

All events can be booked through  or call 047 74702 for more information.

(Click on image to view or download the complete programme)

New Library collection for TUSLA wellbeing Centre

Selection of books

Monaghan County Libraries and Tusla the Child and Family Agency  are delighted to partner together to provide a library collection within the Tusla Wellbeing Centre aimed at Children and Young People in foster care, their carers and all other young people who use the facilities in the centre. The books provided by Monaghan County Library cover a range of topics and are geared towards all age groups.

Karen McCague, Executive Librarian with  Monaghan County Library Services  explains  

“It’s important for children and young people to be able to see themselves and their life experiences reflected in stories so that they understand that they are not alone.   We hope that by having this collection of books available within the Wellbeing Centre, children will have the opportunity to explore the stories with a caregiver or on their own and perhaps recognise themselves, their thoughts, or their experiences.  This collection of books also encourages empathy and personal development as well as dealing with big themes such as grief, separation, self-confidence and identity. “  

Charlene Duff, Senior Child and Family Support Network Co-Ordinator based in the Tusla Child Wellbeing Centre in Castleblayney added that  

“The Child and Family Networks across Monaghan have a strong history of working together creatively and today is another example of how connecting with our colleagues can bring projects like this together to help support Children and Young People who use the centre. The books are a collection of stories that reflect the real lives that children lead and we hope they will be enjoyed by many young people for years to come.”

Whilst this collection is specifically for use by Tusla service users, all titles are also available through the public  library network.

For more information on this initiative please contact

Arcade Game Design Online Coding Club coming soon….

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Monaghan County Libraries and Europe Direct Clones are launching a new Arcade Game Design and Coding Club. This will support students’ introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths whilst having loads of fun learning how to build arcade games through the use of Microsoft Coding applications such as Microsoft Arcade and Minecraft. Students will understand how computer games are created through the use of different coding languages. Students will experiment with coding languages and use their own imagination to build creative games.
Classes will take place Online on Tuesday evenings for ages 7-9 and Thursday evenings for ages 10-14

To register your interest please email

This initiative is funded by EU Direct Clones to celebrate European Year of Youth

#DigitalDecade #EYY2022


Culture Night 2022

culture Night 23rd September 202

Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity, and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 23rd September. From 4pm onwards, cultural venues across county Monaghan will stay open for everyone to come enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of fun, entertainment, and discovery. Monaghan has a vibrant rich cultural community, and this is a great opportunity to sample the area’s cultural and creative offerings for free throughout the evening. We are delighted to have so many organisations involved again this year and we hope you enjoy exploring the rich cultural landscape of County Monaghan. From outdoor films to music spectacles, various arts, and crafts workshops to drop in and see artists at their work, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
All events are free to access but remember booking maybe required.

View or download the complete programme now:

Listen to Monaghan County Libraries on Spotify!

Throughout the Summer months, Monaghan County Library Service have travelled across the county to speak to young book lovers about their favourite stories. Podcast guests ranged from aged 3 to 17 years old but all shared the same passion for reading.  You’ll recognise some familiar titles like Harry Potter and Diary of a wimpy Kid but these young readers had lots of other wonderful recommendations from new and exciting authors too. You’ll find all episodes now on Spotify.

Cruinniú 2022

Cruinniú na Óg 2022

Saturday 11th June

Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme, a Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.  For 2022, we are joining forces again with our colleagues in Cavan County Council and Local Arts in Education Partnership to deliver a diverse  programme of activities for children and young people to engage in.

You can view the full programme of events at Cavan Monaghan Cruinniu 2022



Culture Night Monaghan – Call for Submissions 2022

Culture Night Logos

Culture Night Monaghan – Call for Submissions 2022

Connect Through Culture/ Le Chéile Trí Chultúr

Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts and takes place on the 3rd Friday of September. From 5pm onwards, cultural venues across the country stay open for everyone to come enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of fun, entertainment and discovery.

Culture Night will take place on Friday 23rd September 2022.

Monaghan County Council is seeking expressions of interest from Monaghan based creative practitioners, not-for-profit organisations, local community groups, arts, heritage and cultural groups, venues, and societies for Culture Night 2022. Applications by individuals must be in partnership with a community, cultural or heritage groupAssistance shall not be given in respect of commercial activities.

Projects/events should reflect this year’s theme of ‘Come Together Again’  see for more details.

For application form please email

Closing date is Monday 20th June at 5pm

Memory Boxes available to borrow through Monaghan County Libraries

Memory Boxes now available to borrow through Monaghan County Libraries

We know spending time together, doing things you love, smiling, chatting and discovering, improves wellbeing. That’s why we have put together a range of Memory Boxes containing products and activities that bring joy and connection to people with dementia and their care-givers.

In our boxes you’ll find a range of items which have been specifically developed by ‘Relish’, a company who are committed to improving the wellbeing of people with dementia. Every one of their products is designed to affect the different levers that lead to overall wellbeing. We’ve also included a beautiful selection of photography books to use as a starting point for reminiscence and conversation.

Eduroam is now available in our branch libraries.

Eduroam Secure WiFi now available

Eduroam is a federated service that allows roaming research and educational users to more easily obtain Internet access via the WiFi service at participating sites. When attaching to eduroam WiFi users are authenticated via their home site. If authentication succeeds the user is granted wireless network access.

The following are the details of eduroam WiFi offered at Monaghan Libraries:
•Wireless network name (SSID): eduroam
•Encryption levels supported: AES
•Port/Protocol restrictions? : Yes
•Transparent proxying of your traffic? : No
•Network Address Translation (NAT) of wireless device address? : Yes
•IPv6 support? : No

Note that authentication problems should be addressed to the support staff at your home site, as the security mechanisms within eduroam mean that much of the detail of the authentication step is not visible to the support staff at visited sites.