Reader in Residence

Laois County Library Service with the support of Creative Ireland seeks to award a contract for services for a Reader- in -Residence .  Reading  and literacy is at the heart of the public library service in Laois  and the new public library strategy,” Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities”.  Laois County Library Services are committed to developing the role of the library as a centre for culture and learning , with programmes and projects that meet individual and community needs . The Reader- in -Residence will deliver a programme of activities designed to promote literacy, family reading storytelling and foster a habit and enjoyment of reading and library usage in children , young people and families.

The Reader-in-Residence Programme is supported by Creative Ireland Laois, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017 – 2022) in partnership with Laois County Council.

See below for more details:

Laois County Council Library Reader in residence 2019 (3)

Please note applications should be made by sending the above information as ONE single attachment (either in PDF or word format) incorporating all of the below required information:


  • An up-to-date CV -, including the names and contact details of two professional references;
  • A written submission of interest which outlines workshop ideas and approaches to the residency (1,000 words maximum) to include examples of previous similar and relevant work especially working in the area of literacy and young people.

Closing date for receipt of proposals is Wednesday 25th  of September  before 4.30pm.

Once attachment is compiled please send application by email to

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