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 โ€˜Star By Starโ€™ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚



CBI Shadowing Video ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“šโœŒ๐Ÿป

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 Kingโ€™s Hospital presented Laureate na nร“g Sarah Crossan with the Childrenโ€™s Choice Award for Moonrise. The Judgesโ€™ Special Award: Eoin Colfer for Illegal. The Eilรญs Dillon Award for a first childrenโ€™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! โœŒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ“–โœ

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 https://m.fanfiction.net/s/12916508/1/Tales-of-the-TARDIS

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


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The Baileys Womenโ€™s Prize longlist! โœŒ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ“–โค๐Ÿค“

Without fail every year at least one new favourite book of mine comes from reading books from the longlist of the Women’s Prize for fiction.

This year’s longlist is looking just as promising, you can see the whole list here:ย 

Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018

The Idiotย byย Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsieย byย Joanna Cannon
Miss Burmaย byย Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beachย byย Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancockย byย Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sightย by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineย byย Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wifeย byย Meena Kandasamy
Elmetย byย Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happinessย byย Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Doneย byย Sarah Schmidt
A Boy in Winterย byย Rachel Seiffert
Home Fireย byย Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Timeย byย Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Singย byย Jesmyn Ward

So far I have only read one on the list,ย Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman andย  I would highly recommend it to seniors! Two more sound particularly interesting to me,ย The Idiot by Elif Batuman, andย H(a)ppyย  by Nicola Barker (this one because it sounds dystopian and I have a soft spot for dystopian fiction!)


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ย Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted โ€“ while searching for the courage to face the dark corners sheโ€™s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely anything is better thanโ€ฆfine?


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Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language โ€“ and languages โ€“ can do.

Along the way, she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a writer, and how baffling love is.


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Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear.





Last year there wasย Hagseed by Margaret Atwood and The Power by Naomi Alderman which went on to win it!


In 2016 weย The Long Way to a Small Angry Planetย by Becky Chambers,ย A Little Lifeย by Hanya Yanigahara, andย The Glorious Heresiesย by Lisa McInerny which was the winner that year.


And in 2015ย Station Elevenย by Emily St. John Mandel andย The Bees by Laline Paull.


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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2018 Shortlist ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

The Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Shortlist was announced last week, and our Book Club members will be joining in on their Shadowing Scheme again this year! ๐Ÿค— (some members pictured)


The shortlist was compiled by a group of judges, two of whom were Marie Bishop B5 as the young judge, and Ms. Lundon the librarian. The shortlist represents the best in Irish Children’s Literature each year. All titles can be seen on the poster below and are available for loan.

The Shadowing Scheme allows reading groups all over Ireland to read and vote on their favourite titles. The winner of this receives the coveted Children’s Choice Award. Last year’s winner was our favourite The Call by Peadar O’Guilin! We can’t wait to see what the reader favourite will be this year! The award ceremony will be held in May so all will be revealed then. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ“šโค


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Shortlisted Titles:

A Dangerous Crossing by Jane Mitchell

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea written by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Steve McCarthy

Chocolate Cake written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Illegal written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Tangleweed and Brine written by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan

The Space Between by Meg Grehan

Senior Book Club March Edition

Our Senior Book Club met last week to discuss their January read which wasย Prisoners of Geographyย by Tim Marshall.

This month the title they have chosen is




‘The Choiceย is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed’ DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edithโ€™s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

Inย The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering.

Like Viktor Franklโ€™sย Manโ€™s Search for Meaning, but exceptional in its own right,ย The Choiceย is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.




Previous Book Club picks:

Senior Book Club January Edition๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

Senior Book Club December Editionย ๐ŸŽ„โ„โ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“š

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books


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Wellbeing Week & Make your own origami bookworm! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ›

We unfortunately missed World Book Day 2018 due to Snowmageddon, but everyday is World Book Day here in Our Lady’s Library!!


It’s now Wellbeing Week here in the school. You can see the full schedule just below as well as an info document explaining what it’s all about. At break and lunchtime each day this week there is mindfulness colouring happening so come in and get colourful! We also have a Wellbeing week display with books and magazines with information relating to all aspects of wellbeing, such as managing stress, mental health, sexuality, diet, fitness etc.

Wellbeing Week 2018 Schedule
Wellbeing Week 2018

This is a repost from last year but the Origami Bookworm is timeless ๐Ÿ™‚


Take a break from study and relieve some stress by making your own origami bookworm! She’s a super cute little bookmark ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ› and it’s also a great idea to get us ready for World Book Day next month! ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“šโœจ๐ŸŽ‰


SO cute. ๐Ÿ˜

You can collect the template from the library any lunchtime, or print your own at home from the link here bookworm-template-a4

Once you have your template follow the instructions below and also watch the instructional video here

I tried to make one without the template… DO NOT make the same mistake that I did! Here’s my poor little mutant ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


Good luck! (Don’t forget the templates are in the library!) ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿค“


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Senior Book Club January Edition๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

Our Senior Book Club met last week to discuss their December read which was the beguiling Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan.

This month the title they have chosen is Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall.


Blurb form Goodreads:

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements โ€“ but if you donโ€™t know geography, youโ€™ll never have the full picture.

If youโ€™ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why Chinaโ€™s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here.

In ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

Senior Book Club will meet to discuss this book and choose another one in mid February. Other Seniors who wish to join then are more than welcome!๐Ÿค—

Previous Book Club picks:

Senior Book Club December Edition ๐ŸŽ„โ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐Ÿ“š

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books


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Christmas Tree of Knowledge and book craft ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“š

The annual Christmas Tree of Knowledge is back!

It’s a Christmas Tree, made from books!




Crafty Books and Booky Crafts!ย 

This year we are also hosting book and paper craft sessions in the library! Sessions started on Friday at lunchtime and will run every lunchtime until Christmas. We are making Christmas decorations out of very old and unusable books. Anyone is welcome to come in and learn! See the girls in action below.




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