Why you should join your local library

A library is like having the internet in a building. If you can imagine it, chances are someone has written about it. And in the same way that clicking a link brings something new, each shelf or room in a library offers more and more new discoveries for the curious mind.

If you think a library is a dusty old building full of old people telling you to shush, where all you can do is get a book…then think again.


I was going to a flowery, romantic piece about how brilliant libraries are, how they open portals to other worlds found only in books, are a playground for the imagination, and can take you to places you might never visit. But, while all of that might be true, the reality is the Library Service speaks for itself on a much more practical level.


Yep – That’s MY library card 🙂

What my library card does

A good library service really is one of the best things our County Council provides for us.

Think about it for a minute.


That’s just the stuff you take away from the library!

Stay in the library and –

  • You get free wi-fi,  and use of computers
  • There is study space if you are a student – quiet space for homework
  • You can sign up for, and take, e-learning classes (Not available in all of Wicklow’s libraries)
  • You can sit and read a magazine or newspaper freely available for all
  • There are places to find out about your local, and sometimes, family history
  • All libraries tend to have story time events for little ones, so a great place for both parents and children to meet with friends
  • There are book clubs for adult, teens and junior readers
  • There are different holiday activities including arts & crafts or different workshops (check your local library for dates of different events)
  • Blessington Library for example, hosts a lego club, autism support and citizens advice among its services.
  • It is also a great place to find out about local services on the various posters and flyers on the notice boards
  • You get REALLY friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff


And you know the jokes about FINES?  If you are late, they only charge 5 cent per day. So if you were a week late it would be 7days x5cent =35cent.  That is a fair deal by any standard.



Image Source: Otis College of Art & Design Library – Found at mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com


Where can I join?

We are well served for libraries in Wicklow.  There are ten around the county, and if you can’t get out to a library, or there is none near you, Wicklow has a mobile unit that travels to different locations right around the county.


A tiny bit of history

I got my love of reading from my dad. I fed that love through the library in Enniskerry.  Another reason I’m fond of that library in Enniskerry is because it’s a Carnegie library. One of three in Wicklow (Bray and Greystones are the other two).  I love that fact, because Carnegie libraries are names after Andrew Carnegie from Scotland who made his fortune in America, and one of the ways he shared his wealth was by building almost 3000 public libraries around the world.


A short flowery bit

If I was king of the world, I’d give everyone a library card. Of course, it would be a little unnecessary because, everyone can already get a library card for free, or at least they can in Co Wicklow.

Libraries are for everyone. They don’t discriminate.  Whether you are a millionaire who could buy their own library, or a poor family that can’t afford to buy a single book, your library card entitles you to the same service, the same welcome and the same experience.

Books broaden our horizons. They are the gateways to possibility and potential. So libraries are like a great bunch of keys to a humongous number of gateways…yeah, too much!!


Join your local library. You’ll never regret it.



Bray Battle of the Bands with new extended deadline

Please note – the deadline to enter the Bray Battle of the Bands been extended for a short time. If you’re not sure if you are in time contact clay on 01 2050502

We love finding a new music here at YouthSpin. We were at the Groove Festival last week and were particularly impressed with Jupe and The Academic, both new bands to us.

So we’re very excited about the Bray Battle of the Bands that’s happening through August and September and can’t wait to see what new talent rises to the top.

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The competition is open to individual acts or bands between the ages of 16-24years. There will be a number of heats hosted by various youth groups and centres in the Bray area with the Grand Finale taking place in the Mermaid Arts Centre on Saturday September 10th 2016.

The winners will then go on to perform two more gigs – One as part of Culture Night on Friday September 16th and the other as part of Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign Showcase on Thursday 1 December in the Mermaid Arts Centre.

There will of course be other prizes for the winners and runners up.


Deadline for entries is July 27th 2016 





You can download the Entry form and the Rules of the competition at the bottom of this post. You can also download the poster advertising the competition.

An added bonus, if musicians are looking for rehearsal space, we may be able to help by making the Seomra Youth Centre available during the evenings to anyone entering the BrayBotB Competition.

Its all being organised as a joint project between Bray Drug Awareness Forum, Bray Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force and Crosscare Youth Service. If you want to find out  more about the event you can email braydrugsawarenessforum@gmail.com or phone 01 2050502  You can get updates on Twitter using the hashtag #BrayBotB and follow them @Bray_BotB



Download BOTB Entry Form as PDF


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Download BOTB Rules as PDF


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BrayBotB Entry Form


Download BotB Poster as PDF