NEW BOOKS! 📚 📖 😍

AND a reminder about the book review competition for which this months deadline is Tuesday 3rd May. You all have a VERY long weekend to take twenty minutes to write a review of any book.  Then just email it to to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token! 💰💰💰😊


Back to NEW BOOKS!

We have some feminist non-fiction in Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit, and Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’ Toole.

The new senior fiction titles are A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara, Gilead  by Marilynne Robinson, and The Spinning Heart  by Donal Ryan.

Then new to the Young Adult section we have The 5th Wave  by Rick Yancey, Weightless  by Sarah Bannan, Demon Road  by Derek Landy, and a couple of extras from the currently popular Selection series, and Pretty Little Liars series.  

If anyone wants to find out more on any of these titles you can look them up on the school library’s online catalogue and on GoodReads.

I hope everyone enjoys their extra long weekend! 😃  ✌️


Hey, pssst! You can now follow the library on Twitter @DumblebearSays! Dumblebear made me do it 🐻

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

We should all be making an effort to read more female authors, so with that in mind here is the nominated longlist, and more recently announced shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction! There are some fantastic sounding books on this. I am particularly looking forward to reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (I have a soft spot for science fiction, particularly when gender issues are tackled!), and The Green Road by Anne Enright which has been on my to-read list for a while.

I can highly recommend two which have made the shortlist. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is devastating and beautifully written, and it’s a popular one among Our Lady’s staff at the moment! The other is The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, which is the first novel of this Irish writer, a thrilling read with lots of raw social commentary.

If you have read any on the list or are intrigued by any of the titles let us know in the comments! 😊 📚 ❤️‍




Our new library catalogue! 😺 📚

Our new library catalogue  powered by TinyCat 😺  displays most of the books in the school library. It’s constantly a work in progress with new books being added all of the time.  It has its very own tab just above here on the website so it’s very easily accessed.

I think you’ll agree that it’s a lovely clean and easy to use interface and I am delighted that we now have an online catalogue that students, parents and staff can access and browse anywhere.  You can enter any search term into the search box, such as an author’s name, a book title, or a genre such as fantasy to get recommendations.  You will be able to see if each book is available in the library or if it is currently checked out by someone else, and in that case, when it is due back. Each book entry also has much more information on what each book is about, and gives recommendations for similar books in the library.

In the advanced search area (the arrow button to the right of the search box) you can search by title, author, genre, tags (buzzwords like vampires, boys, friendship, mystery, historical fiction, feminism, comics, whatever you’re into) You can also search by ‘collection’ in the advanced search area which is great for Accelerated Reader students, as the Accelerated Reader books are all tagged as such, and can be searched by reading level as well.
It also allows students to have their own accounts set up where they can check what books they have out, renew their books, and request books. If you would like your student account set up just come to the library and ask for your library ID number.
In the meantime have a browse through some of the great books that we have in the library on the new catalogue! 📕📚 📖💛

Book Review Competition winner! 

March’s Book Review Competition winner is…  Ambereen Zafar in B4!
Congratulations Ambereen 😁 🎉🎉🌟
Ambereen has won a €10 book token 😍📖💰Here’s her winning book review:

Firstlife by Gena Showalter


Tenley Lockwood has spent more than a year locked away in Prynne Asylum. The reason she is there is because she refuses to sign her Secondlife to Myriad like her parents want her to. Most of the world sees Firstlife as a trial run. Before Firstdeath you must choose Myriad or Troika. People must sign up to be able to go to Troika or Myriad after they die whereas the Unsigned go to The Land of Many Ends. Troika and Myriad are sworn enemies and both want Ten on their side. However Ten is Unsigned and both realms send a Laborer to convince Ten to choose one of the realms. When she escapes the asylum her life is in danger as someone tries to force her to choose a realm.

Ten is a very strong character. She manages to survive the harshest conditions and still has hope. All the challenges she faces make her stronger and wiser.

I liked the main character and enjoyed a unique read.
I would definitely recommend this book


5/5 Stars


Thanks Ambereen, I think this one sounds really interesting!

This is a monthly competition and any student can enter. The next deadline is Tuesday 3rd May so you’ll have plenty of time over the next few weeks to get writing your book reviews.  Email them to to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token 💰💰💰😊