Age Friendly Libraries
We have been working toward achieving an Age Friendly status for each of each of our 8 local libraries and our mobile library service.
Each library branch has nominated a staff member to be a dedicated Age Friendly Champion. These Age Friendly Champions completed training and conducted a survey with members of their local community to identify three actions that could be undertaken to improve how the library engages with older people at their library.
Over the last number of months, library staff have been working hard to bring about these changes which have included;
- Age Friendly Parking spaces outside Urlingford & Castlecomer libraries.
- Reading glasses/ magnifying sheet available for use in the library
- Age Friendly trolley at Graiguenamanagh and the City Library
- Age Friendly programming such as flower arranging, creative writing, art classes etc
Bealtaine May 2023
Kilkenny County Library Service is delighted to participate in Bealtaine again this May. Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. Our programme will include Connect Cafes, creative writing classes, art classes, a music celebration, and flower arranging!
Age Friendly Digital Ambassador
We now have library staff trained as Age Friendly ambassadors who can offer help with getting started on our Borrow Box library app which allows you to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. All of our branches carry age friendly formats like large print and audio books.
For further details contact Karyn in Castlecomer Library 056 4440561
Door to door service
Our door to door service was established during the Covid pandemic with great success and we are delighted that we can continue this personalised service. Our delivery driver will drop books of your choice straight to your door - if you know someone who is over 65yrs living in County Kilkenny and would like to avail of this service, please contact your local library.
The Magic Table
The Magic Table consists of a series of interactive games that are projected on a table. The games are formulated with the intention to trigger a sense of reminiscence among players in order to encourage stimulation socially, cognitively and physically. As light simulations, games are projected onto a table and include gardening, fishing and popping balloons. The light games encourage players to reach out towards them and the lights subsequently respond to their hand and arm movements.
The Magic Table also include games for people with autism, these games are described as being more directly educational.
Loughboy Library is home to the first installed Magic Table in Kilkenny, Castlecomer and Graiguenamanagh Libraries host portable tables that can be lent to outside institutions for a period of time whose users may benefit from its use.
Details on using the tables are available on request from the three libraries.