LIBRARIES in Laois have been granted just over €27,000 to provide services for people who need extra supports.
The funding will help libraries reach out to older people, parents, children, people with disabilities, Ukrainian families and people from disadvantaged communities.
Libraries across the county, which are run by Laois County Council, will share €27,035 for a range of special programmes.
A total of €9,270 will go to the ‘Sanctuary’ project, which is designed to provide Ukrainian refugees with a series of literacy, arts and cultural events targeting the migrant community. These include poetry and debating workshops for teenagers to celebrate migrant writers and artists.
The Tovertafel project at Portlaoise library has been granted €5,095 to give access to interactive library services for all members of the community. The project is focused on older people, autistic people and those with disabilities or mobility needs.
The TTRS scheme (Touch Type Read and Spell) will get €6,145 for special education software for computers. It will help 500 children with special educational needs, adults with low literacy and reading skills, home-school families and those seeking to improve their English over two years.
A parenting programme that has been granted €6,525 consists of a free series of workshops from expert professionals, provided in person and online via Zoom. It includes support for parents at every stage of their children’s development, from babies/preschool to school age/teenage years.
Confirming the funding, minister of state Seán Fleming thanked the county council for submitting applications and highlighting specific areas for support.
He said: “I encourage a people throughout the county to use the library services, as they are a tremendous resource for all people in the county.”