May Festival Of Learning At Your Local Library


Libraries NI invites you to celebrate the Festival of Learning.

Throughout May, libraries across Northern Ireland will host a programme of free events to mark this year’s Festival of Learning. 

Building on the success of last year, 79 libraries across Northern Ireland will participate in the month long programme inviting members of the public to take part and learn something new.

Pictured at Ballynahinch Library on World Book Week during a coffee morning are Pamela Dickson, Branch Librarian; Martina Rainey, past member of staff; Dianne Jess, librarian, and Theresa Bright.

An impressive 200 events for adults are being held in libraries exploring a wide range of learning experiences including arts and crafts workshops, jewellery making, health and mindfulness events, music and dance, IT and iPad sessions, local history research and author talks. Children are also encouraged to get involved with dedicated Lego eBook creator and Micro:bit workshops taking place in a select number of libraries.

Whether learning a new skill, learning about yourself or simply learning to keep your mind active, there is something for everyone in the Festival of Learning.

Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive said: “Libraries NI is delighted to be hosting the Festival of Learning this year again. Learning for all ages is an important part of the services we offer to library users. Libraries are the ideal place to help kick-start your learning journey, offering a welcoming and relaxed environment where people can learn at their own speed and ability, with helpful staff on hand to offer support if needed.”

If you would like more information about the Festival of Learning events at your local library, call into your local library or visit the Libraries NI website:

Below is an example of what is on offer in Ballynahinch: check out the Libraries NI website.

Go On – ​More on the iPad 

Take another step and discover more ways to use an iPad.
Booking essential 

t: 028 9756 4282
10:30am – 12:30pm
Making Floating Tea Cups with Ann 

Come along and make beautiful floating tea cups
with Ann, the finished item will be a beatiful
addition to your home.
Booking essential.

t: 028 9752 4282
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Ballynahinch Library Go On – ​iPad Camera 

An introduction to the iPad Camera. Learn
how to take + edit photos using an iPad.
Booking essential 

t: 028 9756 4282
10:30am – 12:30pm