Updated: 04/05/17 : 06:36:49
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Opening of 'Readers Haven' Library at St John's Hospital Sligo

On 2nd May the new 'Readers Haven' library at St John's Hospital Sligo was officially opened. 

The idea for the library originated from a Hospital Book club on the Curam unit in St Johns which involved residents and some staff.  Those who took part in the book club thoroughly enjoyed reading, sharing and reviewing books and the news that the local library was closing came as a disappointment therefore the resident library was born.

A competition was held to decide on the name for the new library with names being suggested by residents and their families.  The winning name revealed at the opening 'Readers Haven' was suggested by Margaret Mc Brien a resident at the hospital.  Speaking at the opening Margaret stated 'Iím overjoyed that my suggestion was chosen. This is our library and I have no doubt it will continue to grow and expand and be enjoyed by all here present for many years to come'.

The books are on a wide range of topics as requested by residents and have been sourced mostly from donations from staff,  residents and their families,   The Residents along with Clinical Nurse Manager 1 Aimee Ocsio have been involved in the whole process from its conception to the opening.  

They have inputted their ideas and are personally invested in the project, the residents will be the librarians and it is a library for the residents and about the residents.  The Speech and Language Therapy Department have also got involved and have been in contact with local authors who have pledged their support for the project and have agreed to do book readings and reviews etc. which St John's are very excited about.

Sligo Library was in attendance at the opening to show their support for the initiative and will deliver books to the 'Readers Haven' Library which will include large print and audio books. St John's is also hoping NCBI will get on board to support this initiative for those residents with visual impairments.   The main aim of the library is to improve the residentís quality of life , ensuring they are kept connected  and involve community organisations to enhance and improve the residents social and psychological well being.