Summer Stars Reading Challenge @ Monaghan County Libraries

Image of colourful characters surfing towards a beach using books as surfboards. Also includes the Summer Stars Logo.

The Summer Stars reading challenge is in full swing at Monaghan County Libraries.

Up to 3,000 children across Co. Monaghan will take on the challenge to read up to 8 books across the Summer months.

Participating in the Summer reading challenge should be a fun thing for children but it also has numerous benefits.

  1. Reading over the Summer helps reduce the risk of a ‘Summer Slump’ in Reading levels.
  2. Regular reading enhances vocabulary, comprehension & overall literacy skills.
  3. It encourages a love of reading for pleasure – children can choose books based on their own interests rather than prescribed reading.
  4. Completing the reading challenge can give children a great sense of accomplishment and a boost their confidence in their own reading ability.

All children are welcome to participate but library membership is required.  (It’s free to join the library).   Each child will receive a Summer Stars book bag, bookmark, pencil and reading record card.

Open Call for Culture Night proposals

Culture Night Logo

What is Culture Night?

Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir is a national moment, celebrating all that makes up the richness and diversity of Culture in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally and aims to open up pathways to ongoing engagement. An annual, all-island public event which takes place each year and this year taking place on Friday 22nd September 2023, it celebrates culture, creativity and the arts and seeks to actively promote the belief that this rich and varied culture is alive, treasured and nurtured in people’s lives, today and every day. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council and local Authorities across the island of Ireland, all activities are made available to the public free of charge.

Culture Night
  • Encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality
  • Reminds us all about the fantastic cultural facilities and resources that we have locally and nationally
  • Raises the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities
  • Encourages people to try new things and to get into the habit of going more often to cultural venues and activities in their locality
  • Makes it easier for people to play a role in their local cultural scene
  • Helps create a sense of community and belonging
Who makes Culture Night happen?

Culture Night happens because many people share a vision and enthusiasm for enjoying, celebrating and promoting creativity and culture. The following list gives a taste of the wide range of institutions that make it happen across Ireland: The public, artists, performing groups, galleries, museums, sport clubs, libraries, arts centres, craft workers, studios and workshops, theatres, public spaces, broadcasters, schools, community groups, local authorities, government departments, state agencies and public bodies, transport companies, universities, shops and many more! For full details on Culture Night see:   

Culture Night in County Monaghan

 Culture Night has been celebrated throughout County Monaghan for several years and we want to build on this momentum again in 2023. If you are a Monaghan based creative practitioner/artist, not-for-profit organisation, local community group, arts, heritage and cultural groups, venues, and societies, we would like to hear your proposal.

What are we looking for?

 In terms of programming, as per Culture Night criteria it is not only about promoting our cultural venues and organisations but engaging creative practitioners as we endeavour to promote the Pay the Artist initiative. We are particularly interested in participatory projects that can give ownership on the part to the audience; initiatives which may broaden the concepts of culture; projects which include equality, inclusion, accessibility and diversity; and projects which can have lasting legacies beyond Culture Night. We also advocate for groups/venues to collaborate on programming with creative practitioners. We seek programming which creates opportunities for increased participation with those who may not always have easy access to events of a cultural nature, particularly but not limited to the following – Asylum seekers, migrants and migrants; arts and disability; Irish traveller culture; promoting gender equality.

To find out more and receive application form email


Closing Date: Expression of interest applications must be returned by 5pm Friday 23rd June by email only.

Drumlin Yarnspinners April Session

📣Drumlin Yarnspinners welcomes Colin Urwin to the Market House, Monaghan on April 25th @ 8pm.

Drumlin Yarnspinners will meet on Tuesday 25th April at 8pm in the Market House Monaghan

Drumlin Yarnspinners is a monthly oral storytelling session that has settled down in the Market House in Monaghan on the last Tuesday of every month. Each session lasts approximately two hours and includes a break for a cup of tea. The guest teller opens and closes the session and there are contributions from the audience along the way.
The sessions are led by Monaghan Libraries Storyteller in Residence, Francis McCarron, who has been sharing tales throughout Ireland for over 30 years.
New tellers and listeners are always welcome.
Storyteller and singer/songwriter Colin Urwin from the Glens of Antrim is the guest storyteller at this months’ Drumlin Yarnspinners session on Tuesday, April 25th at 8.00pm. Colin is one of Irelands leading oral storytellers and he has appeared on stages across the world, most recently in Scotland, the USA and Morocco. His rich and varied storytelling repertoire includes many time-honoured Irish and Scottish folk and faerie tales on which he always stamps his own distinctive mark, and he is also well known for his humorous and sometimes poignant recitations after the long-established local tradition. His is a unique and original voice.
The event is free and there is a donation box for Crocus Cancer Care if anyone wishes to contribute something for the night. However, due to demand and limitations on space, anyone wishing to attend must register with Francis by text on 087 2068601.
Drumlin Yarnspinners is part of the Monaghan County Council Library Service Storyteller in Residence project. Funded by Creative Ireland, it aims to keep alive the ancient art of oral storytelling. It also seeks to gather local tales from across Monaghan. For more information contact Francis: email / 087 2068601.

Saturday Opening is back!

Now that we’ve settled back into the rhythm of having customers through our doors again and are satisfied that we can provide a safe browsing experience, we are happy to announce that both Monaghan Branch & Carrickmacross Branch will now be opening on Saturday mornings from 10am – 1pm.  We are also reinstating our Wednesday evening opening from 6-8pm in Monaghan & Carrickmacross Branches.  We look forward to seeing you!