Libraries NI – Free photographic training



As part of Libraries NI Creativity Month i’m conducting a one day photographic workshop for beginners.

Places are limited so I suggest you book now if you want to get some FREE photographic tuition.

Working in pairs it’s suggested that you come with a partner (a child 11+) so that you can work together to apply what you learn.


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  • Well done Mr Moochin.

    Slightly but only slightly off topic. Given Mr Cameron’s Big Society and pending cuts, do you see your initiative feeding into his big river? The nature of libraries has changed and they are now community resources where the poor and immigrants essentially and quite naturally hijack the common space as the more settled buy their books off Amazon and do not use the Internet and other facilites their library might be providing.
    These extra services are quite a good social bonus but they really need a paid service (librarians) and a middle class culture to be successful.
    Your thoughts welcome but well done again and i hope some kids really get a lot out of it.

  • I think libraries have always been a hub for communities providing resources to folks who might not always be able to afford new books cds and the internet.
    I’m not sure how the big society fits into this initiative which, as far as i know, has been planned for quite a while possibly before the Etonian millionaire announced it.
    For the record i was invited to participate …it’s not my initiative.

  • The Raven

    “where the poor and immigrants essentially and quite naturally hijack the common space as the more settled buy their books off Amazon and do not use the Internet and other facilites their library might be providing”

    As a “more settled” person who uses his library on a weekly basis, I don’t think I’ve read anything more patronising in quite a few moons.

  • lamhdearg

    good stuff, well done.

  • The Raven: I am old school. I beleive libratries should be places of quiet. Libraries are now trying to prove their usefulness to society. This involves haivng the Internet and similar gratis services available. Free basic services attract the poor and the stingy and their presence and behaviour drive others away. The accepted balance is decided by the librarian who no longer sees the library only as a library but as a community resource, the younger members of which use their time Facebooking and playing games.
    Mr Moochin’s excellent contribution might, in former days, have been done through youth clubs or the like but time moves on. My library often has an excellent story teller telling litlte toddlers stories about three little pigs etc. Though great to watch and listen to, it does tend to be noisy.
    I have largely given up the library because of the number of noisy immigrants using it. As for their mobile phones, some of them conduct business in the library. Again, being old school, I think mobile phones do not belong there.

  • andnowwhat

    Nice one MP. I would have loved to attend. I used to be in to photography and would love to take it up again. Sadly, I have to do something with the kiddo. Please let us know if you are doing it again.

  • Interesting Definitions of Library

    a room where books are kept
    a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
    a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
    •(computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use
    a building that houses a collection of books and other materials

  • lamhdearg

    In the Library i use there is a room where the books are kept and a room where other things happen, easy solution to problem of noise disruption, not enough people are using Librarys to purely read/lend books, better to be a little diverse and stay open.

  • Lamhdearg: An easy solution in theory yes but in practice no. I vthink libraries have run their course. Teenagers hang out in them to pretend they are studying for state exams, the homeless use them for heat and the poor and others colonise them.
    Then you look at the CDs/DVDs they have. Lowest common denominator stuff.

  • lamhdearg

    I am with you on the CDs/DVDs, and maybe even some of the books, even though i say so and feel a snobby git.
    But as for the rest of your comment, i think you should change your Library as the one’s i use are not like that.

  • joeCanuck

    it’s not my initiative.

    Doesn’t matter MP. Good on you to give of your time and your expertise. Great example of community giving. Kudos.

  • Joe do you think its for free ??

  • joeCanuck

    The poster says the course is free. If MP gets expenses or an honorarium I have no problem with that.

  • Oh yes the course is for Free – what if he gets paid for it ?

  • andnowwhat


    What the hell are your issues with Moochin?

    You really have an unhealthy obsession with him.

    Get on with your life dear boy

  • The Raven

    “Free basic services attract the poor and the stingy and their presence and behaviour drive others away.”

    Again, how incredibly patronising. I do not consider myself poor – in relation to many others. Nor do I consider myself stingy.

    Four books I requested recently – even if bought through Amazon – would have been over £170 to buy. I don’t know what gilt-edged pension you receive, but my wages couldn’t stand to that, my workplace won’t pay for them as reference, and frankly, that’s what libraries are for.

    Just because some of us can’t afford it doesn’t make us poor or stingy; and similarly, you shouldn’t tar all of us with the same brush. Insulting that you should have the word “socialist” in your profile.

    belfastjj – are photographers not allowed to be paid for their work?

  • The Raven: I don’t really think you should order £170 worth of books from the public library unless they are very popular. I am presuming you got the library to buy them but maybe they got them on transfer. Others have abused that in the past.
    Anyway, libraries, as traditionally understood, have run their course.
    Even the British National Library has to be selective with what it takes when exercising its copyright prerogative. So much is published every year .
    Just to annoy you a little more The Raven: I believe access to librarues should be controlled; they should not be brothels, open to all.
    1. Check out 1916 newspapers in Irish libraries. Patriots have razor blased them to death and stolen the most important parts.
    2. Ditto Law reports by student lawyers.

    I cannot see the cost cuts allowing libraries to continue. Sad but all good things…..

  • joeCanuck

    The national British Library is not selective.They archive a copy of every book published in both the UK and Ireland. Their shelves run to about 600km and they add 16km every year.

  • The British National Library gets so much material that it has had to start being selective. There is a substantial cost to cataloguing and archiivng material and the pinch has been on for some time. I know they were rejecting material several years ago because of the sheer volume of copyrighted material they were getting.

    Anyway good work by Moochin and good to see someone doing something positive as from litte acorns

  • The Raven

    “I believe access to librarues should be controlled”…

    …and given some of your spelling, it would be hard to believe that that aren’t already.

    Just by-the-by, all four books were already in their catalogue.

  • The Raven: There is a time trade-off on spell checking. Hopefully you got the message anyway. Anyway

    Ebooks are on the rise with issues for libraries. Another nail for the traditional library.

  • There is one place left on this if anyone want to avail of a bit of free tuition