Ballinasloe Library recently launched its new outdoor musical instruments which are situated in the library courtyard and are currently accessible to groups and classes by booking in advance. The instruments were acquired through the Dormant Accounts Fund.
“Making music can give children a means to express themselves and their creativity; just listening to music can reduce stress, while creating music has the added benefit of expression and involvement, which focuses attention. They have a range of benefits for children including developing their physical movement, communication, and self-esteem. The social element of playing with other people improves their social and emotional skills,” explained Library Assistant Abbie McGowan.
The outdoor instruments are suitable for all age ranges and mobilities; the instruments are upright and free-standing so that they can be used by wheelchair users, anyone who uses a walking aid, or anyone who may be living with cognitive or physical impairments. Children aren’t the only ones who benefit from music - the instruments are available for elderly citizens, particularly those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The Library’s Summer Stars Reading Programme is also in full swing with children of all ages invited to take part. The programme which is free of charge runs from now until the end of August and it encourages children to read as many books as they can in that period. Each child who signs up is given a bag containing assorted bookmarks and wristbands, and they will also receive a reading card which will be held at the library. For each book they read, they receive a stamp on their reading card, and all participants are invited to the presentation on September 24 where there will be two times for attendees to choose from, one at 11am-12pm, and 3-4pm in the library to collect their certificate of completion.
The library’s opening hours remain from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 - 1:00 PM and 2:00pm and 5:00pm. If you have any questions on how to get involved in any of the activities, or what events are coming up you can email the library on email@example.com and follow their Facebook and Twitter pages @EDBallinasloe for updates.
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