World Book Day 2019

The library was buzzing for World Book Day with bookish activities for both students and staff. Library classes had a competitive edge as students took part in the World Book Day table quiz and lunchtime activities included Blind Date With A Book and Match the Selfie to the Shelfie. We also had a gallery of book reviews by the TY Philosophers on display and staff got involved in Bring A Book Buy A Book in aid of St Michael’s house. Sincere thanks to all the students and staff who helped to make the day such a success.

Students and staff had a tough task in matching the Selfie to the Shelfie with just one group guessing all 14 matches! You can tell a lot about a person from what’s on their bookshelf so we got to know the OLS teachers a little better today.

Our ‘Blind Date with a Book’ was a huge success, as evidenced by the before and after pictures above! There was great excitement as students selected and unwrapped their books, discovering exciting new reads they may not have otherwise come across.

Our TY Philosophers considered why reading matters, making collaborative visual thinking displays on the significance of the books they read.


World Book Day Table Quiz Winners


One of our Student Librarians hard at work


Staff took part in Bring A Book, Buy A Book in aid of St Michael’s House

Roll on World Book Day 2020!


Subject resources on the library website

Good news! The library website now has links to useful resources on a wide variety of subject areas. Simply hover your mouse over the ‘Resources’ menu item to find a drop-down menu of subjects (as pictured in the screenshot below) and click on whichever option wish to explore. You’ll find interactive galleries, games, dictionaries, free lessons, videos, and information on subjects ranging from Art to Spanish. You may find these resources useful when researching, revising, doing projects, or when brushing up on your language skills or general knowledge. 💡

Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2019

Challenge yourself and diversify your reading in 2019 by playing Book Bingo! 📚📚📚 

How it works:

  • Pick up a Book Bingo sheet from the library
  • There are sixteen boxes in the grid — each one describes a different type of book
  • The aim is to read as many of the different types of books that you can, but also to complete them in lines (vertically, diagonally, or horizontally). Click here for book suggestions.
  • If you complete at least one line or more you will receive a certificate at the end of the year (1 line = Bronze certificate, 2 lines = Silver certificate, full house = Gold certificate)
  • After each book you have read, fill the title in the relevant box and bring it to the librarian to be stamped
  • Only one box may be filled per book read
  • You have until the end of the school year to complete as many boxes as you can


PDST Wellread National Award


It’s official – OLS is a ‘well read’ school! Marie Bishop, Caitlin Evoy, Roisín Evoy and Ms Harte were delighted to accept the PDST Wellread National Award on behalf of Our Lady’s School at a ceremony in Dublin yesterday. The award aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development. It recognises schools that actively foster a reading culture through a variety of activities and initiatives and our portfolio can be viewed here:


Student Librarians

Our main goal at OLS library is to encourage reading for pleasure and to instil good reading habits that enhance the intellectual and emotional development of our students. To support and further the vision and goals of the library, we have appointed 10 student Library Assistants. The team promotes the role and services of the library to the school community and makes a valuable contribution to the running of the library. Their duties include issuing, returning and shelving books, helping library users find books and information, recommending books to their fellow students, writing reviews for the library website and ensuring the library is tidy, well organised and welcoming.


OLS Reading Week 2018

The final week before the midterm break was Reading Week here at OLS. Our One Book One School pick this year was ‘Star By Star’ by Sheena Wilkinson, a timely read as 2018 marks the centenary of Irish women gaining the right to vote. The week was filled with brilliant bookish activities, including The Great Book Bake-Off, the Wonder Woman exhibition of inspirational women, blackout poetry sessions inspired by Sarah Crossan‘s #WeAreThePoets campaign, and scavenger hunts in the school library. Students and staff alike read Star By Star during DEAR time each day and we rounded off the week with a visit from the author herself, Sheena Wilkinson.


The first team to crack the Library Scavenger Hunt. This clever pair used their library skills and book knowledge to solve all the clues within the time limit of 15 minutes. Future librarians, perhaps?


Tasty creations.


Kaylin won a prize for this inspired piece of blackout poetry.


The brilliant Sheena Wilkson!


A rapt audience as Sheena reads from Star By Star.


Happy readers 🙂


CBI Shadowing Video 😍📚✌🏻

Last week I attended the Children’s Books Ireland Awards ceremony where the Shadowing video featuring our Book Club was shown for the first time! I was so proud to see them up on the big screen and all of the authors were raving about how great they were afterwards! You can see the video below.
Marie Bishop B5 and I were judges for this years awards and it was such a wonderful experience to be there yesterday as the winners were announced.

Well done to all the featured students!

Marie Bishop, Sarah Hyland, Catherine Galvin, Rachel O’Connell, Roisin O’ Neill, Roisin Evoy, Aimee Moran, Karen Waters, Roisin Doheny, Rebecca Harper, Caitlin Evoy, and Sarah Moore.

The winners of the CBI Book of the Year Award were Deirdre Sullivan and Karen Vaughan for Tangleweed and Brine. During the ceremony students from King’s Hospital presented Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan with the Children’s Choice Award for Moonrise. The Judges’ Special Award: Eoin Colfer for Illegal. The Eilís Dillon Award for a first children’s book: Meg Grehan for The Space Between. Honour Award for Fiction: Sheena Wilkinson for Star by Star. Honour Award for Illustration: Kevin Waldron for Chocolate Cake.

See link below for more info on the winners

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Another OLS Author! ✌🏻📖✏

We have an author in first year! Casey Anne in B1 has posted her first Fan Fiction online! If you haven’t guessed by the quote above, it’s Doctor Who fan fiction and you can read it here

#DoctorWho #FanFiction #writing #creativewriting #libraries #SchoolLibrary #AreYouAHariboJellyBeanBaby


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