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St. Angela's Certificate in Life Skills Students welcome Sligo Public Library to campus

St. Angela's Certificate in Life Skills Students welcome Sligo Public Library to campus

The students of the Certificate in Life Skills Studies welcomed Patricia Keane, Executive Librarian with Sligo Co. Library to the college on Wednesday 1st February. A joint initiative between Aoife Murray from the College Library and Carmel Jennings Programme Co-ordinator, this session was designed to introduce students to the public library and the many services it has to offer within their community.
Students had a chance to review some fiction and non-fiction books available from the Library as well as experience a demonstration of the Online Short Courses open to all members through the Library website. Books and courses covering craftwork, cookery, history, politics and popular culture were of particular interest to the students. Students also learned about the computer and printing facilities, local history, genealogy, eBook and eAudio books as well as EMagazine services available to them.
The three year Certificate in Life Skills Studies is for students with an intellectual disability and comprises three modules: Personal Effectiveness, Maths for Living and Health and Well Being. This engagement with the public library service is a new component of the Personal Effectiveness module, which enables students to acquire the interpersonal skills necessary to support their ability to participate in their communities. Students learn about their rights and responsibilities as well as personalised planning and advocacy.
The visit of the Public Library service was a perfect fit, enabling students to understand more about and become involved in a vital part of the local community, as well as opening future opportunities for learning to them. During the class students were issued with their own library cards, enabling them to visit Public Libraries across the county and to access the wealth of electronic resources available to members.
The students were very enthusiastic about the library service with some already active members. The College would like to thank most sincerely Patricia Keane for taking the time to come and meet with students.
For further information on the Certificate in Life Skills Programme please contact Carmel Jennings, Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies Department, St. Angela’s College (cjennings@stangelas.nuigalway.ie). Further information about the services offered by Sligo Libraries can be found here: http://www.sligolibrary.ie

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