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Libraries NI partner with NI Science Festival to bring events to Libraries throughout Northern Ireland in February 2018

Libraries NI is working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Science Festival this year to bring a programme of free fun events to libraries across Northern Ireland from 15 – 25 February. 

Children can get messy with fizzy, hands-on science as they carry out experiments with the Science Starz Mobile lab in Colin Glen, Finaghy, Grove and Holywood Ar​ches libraries. This unique learning experience will develop the children’s knowledge of science in a fun-filled practical way. 

In Lisburn City and Strabane libraries, families can get creative at special arts and craft sessions whilst also browsing the books shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017. At these events those attending will have an opportunity to nominate books for the 2018 Prize. 

Ballymena Central and Glengormley libraries will then take centre stage for Micro: bit workshops. Children over the age of ten are invited for an introduction to the BBC Micro:bit - a pocket-sized codeable computer. This will involve an introduction to coding to develop basic skills using simple games and LED lights. 

For children between four and eight years old, there will be special science themed Storytimes at Banbridge, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Newry City, Ormeau Road, Portrush and Waterside libraries.

There will also be specific displays throughout the library network including individual patent exhibitions. Wannabe inventors can find fascinating information about historical patents including background information on the inventor, the specification of their idea and design and the drawing of their invention. These range from the practical to the bizarre and include some of the scientific patents registered over the years like stethoscopes and microscopes that are still used today.

Jim O’Hagan, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, said: 

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the NI Science Festival. The wealth of resources in our 96 libraries helps to develop the scientists of the future whilst libraries also have rich heritage resources, including patents, research and reference books, remembering the incredible achievements of the past. The combination of the library network and the incredible festival programme will bring exciting science events to many communities across Northern Ireland and we look forward to growing this in the future.”    

For the full Science Festival programme of events go to http://www.nisciencefestival.com/programme.php ​ 

All events are free to attend. Contact libraries directly to book a place. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

Library

 

Event

Date/time

Contact details

Ballymena Central

Micro: bits workshop

Saturday 24 February 1:00pm-3:00pm

t: 028 2563 3950

e: ballymena.library@librariesni.org.uk

Ballymena Central

Patent examples

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 2563 3950

e:ballymena.library@librariesni.org.uk

Banbridge

Storytime for children age four to eight

Saturday17 February 3:00pm-3:30pm

t: 028 4062 3973

e: banbridge.library@librariesni.org.uk

Bangor Carnegie

Patent examples

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 9127 0591

e: bangorcarnegie.library@librariesni.org.uk

Belfast Central

Patent Handling Collections

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 9050 9150

e: belfast.central@librariesni.org.uk

Colin Glen

Science Starz

Friday 16 February 12:30pm-2:00pm

t: 028 9043 1266

e: colinglen.library@librariesni.org.uk

Colin Glen

Patent examples

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 9043 1266

e: colinglen.library@librariesni.org.uk

Derry Central

Patent Handling Collections

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 7122 9990

e: derrycentral.library@librariesni.org.uk

Downpatrick

Patent Handling Collections

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 4461 2895

e: downpatrick.library@librariesni.org.uk

Dungannon

Storytime for children age four to eight

Saturday 17 February 2:00pm-2:30pm

t: 028 8772 2952

e: dungannon.library@librariesni.org.uk

Enniskillen

Storytime for children age four to eight

Saturday 24 February 2:30pm-3:00pm

t: 028 6632 2886

e: enniskillen.library@librariesni.org.uk

Finaghy

Science Starz

Friday 16 February 10:00am-11:30am

t: 028 9050 9214

e: finaghyroad.library@librariesni.org.uk

Finaghy

Patent examples

For month of February during opening hours

 t: 028 9050 9214

e: finaghyroad.library@librariesni.org.uk

Glengormley

Micro: bits workshop

Thursday 15 February 10:00am-12:00pm

t: 028 9083 3797

e: glengormley.library@librariesni.org.uk

Glengormley

Patent examples

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 9083 3797

e: glengormley.library@librariesni.org.uk

Grove

Science Starz

Thursday 15 February 1:00pm-2:30pm

t: 028 9050 9244

e: grove.library@librariesni.org.uk

Grove

Patent examples

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 9050 9244

e: grove.library@librariesni.org.uk

Holywood

Patent Handling Collections

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 9042 4232

e: holywood.library@librariesni.org.uk

Holywood Arches

Science Starz

Thursday 15 February 10:00am-11:30am

t: 028 9042 4232

e: holywood.library@librariesni.org.uk

Holywood Arches

Patent examples

For month of February during opening hours

t: 028 9050 9216

e: holywoodarches.library@librariesni.org.uk

Kilkeel

Patent exhibition

For February and March during opening hours

t: 028 4176 2278

e: kilkeel.library@librariesni.org.uk

Lisburn City

Royal Society Family Book event

Friday 16 February 12:00pm-4:00pm

t: 028 9266 9345

e: lisburncity.library@librariesni.org.uk

Lisburn City

Patent Exhibition

January and February during opening hours

t: 028 9266 9345

e: lisburncity.library@librariesni.org.uk

Newry City

Storytime for children age four to eight

Saturday 24 February 2:30pm-3:00pm

t: 028 3026 4683

e: newrycity.library@librariesni.org.uk

Newtownbreda

Patent exhibition

January and February during opening hours

t: 028 9070 1620

e: newtownbreda.library@librariesni.org.uk

Omagh

Patent Handling Collections

February during opening hours

t: 028 8244 0733

e: omagh.library@librariesni.org.uk

Ormeau Road

Storytime for children age four to eight

Thursday 20 February 3:30pm-4:00pm

t: 028 9050 9228

e: ormeauroad.library@librariesni.org.uk

Portrush

Storytime for children age four-eight

Saturday 24 February 11:30am-12:00pm

t: 028 7082 3718

e: portrush.library@librariesni.org.uk

Strabane

Royal Society Family Book event

Saturday 17 February 12:00pm-4:00pm

t: 028 7188 3686

e:strabane.library@librariesni.org.uk

Waterside

Storytime for children age four to eight

Saturday 17 February 11:00am-11:30am

t: 028 7134 2963

e: waterside.library@librariesni.org.uk

 
 
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