Support the Eoin McKiernan Library Programs
The Eoin McKiernan Library established by community fundraising and opened in April, 2017 tp the public. Help us to preserve and expand the collection and exhibitions, and to develop programming to meet the needs and interests in the community.
Donations will allow us to:Engage a library director to:
- preserve and expand the collection
- maintain the website and digital interface
- direct the volunteer staff
- assure the preservation of the McKiernan Bequest
- accession for future collections
We welcome gifts of any size! The amounts below illustrate what your contribution can enable the EML to secure:
- $120 – Six month Photoshop subscription (ongoing need)
- $250 – 1 library table with built in power strip (2 more needed)
- $500 – Library Scanner/printer/copier lease (yearly)
- $1,000 – Full modular bookshelf (4 more needed)
- $2,000 – Projection Screen & Projector
- $2,000 – Apple iMac
The Eoin McKiernan Library: Supporting and celebrating the Irish Arts community of Minnesota
The Eoin McKiernan Library is a perfect addition to the Celtic Junction Arts Center and the vibrant Twin Cities Irish arts community it serves. The library carries forward the Celtic Junction’s mission to “celebrate and nurture thriving Celtic Arts” by creating an invaluable resource for musicians, dancers, actors and others interested in the Celtic Arts. It further expands the scope of the Celtic Junction’s offerings by creating a resource for researchers and anyone interested in Irish or Irish-American history and culture. For the broader Irish-American community of the Upper Midwest. The library will be the first destination in Minnesota catering specifically to people who wish to learn more about Ireland and Irish America.
There is a strong desire within the Irish arts community to better understand Irish culture and history. And there is a similarly strong need for documenting and understanding the history of the local Irish music and dance community itself. Therefore, in addition to the seed collection of rare and important Irish books and sound recordings donated by the McKiernan family, the library collection will include preservation of materials relating to the Irish in Minnesota and, in particular, to the Twin Cities Irish Music and Dance community.