The 20th ever World Book Day is falling on Thursday the 2nd of March.  To celebrate, the library is running a Read-a-thon in aid of Barnardos. If you don’t already have your Sponsor sheet for the Read-a-thon you can download it here and start reading and raising money for a great cause over midterm! —>  readathon-sponsor-sheet-2017  They are available in the library and at reception as well.


There is also the option for anyone who wants (both staff and students) to bring in a book(s) in new or like new condition to donate to Barnardos for children in need. There will be a donation box in reception when we come back after midterm. β€πŸ“–

Another super exciting way that we will be celebrating is by having all first years and staff dress up as book characters on the day, and there will be prizes foe the best dressed! I can’t wait to see what everyone’s costumes are going to be! πŸŽ‰βš‘πŸŒŸ

There will be prizes for the best costumes on the day.

Happy reading and happy midterm! πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–β€

If anyone has any questions at all  you can comment below and i’ll get back to you as as soon as possible πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–β€IMAG1242.jpg

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January’s Book Review Competition Winner! πŸ€“πŸ“–βœ¨πŸ€‘

January’s Book Review Competition winner is Asteria Fetsum Berihe in B4!

CONGRATULATIONS ASTERIA, you have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!


Here’s her winning book review:

The eagerly anticipated β€˜Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo is, in my opinion, one of my favourite books of all time. It is a book that I would recommend to others in my generation because of its comprehensible tone and interesting story line.


A young boy named Michael travels the sea on a boat named Peggy Sue. One night during their voyage, he mysteriously disappears, then awakens to been washed up on an island with his dog, Stella Artois. They strive for survival. But, the simplicity of this process makes Michael wonder if he really is isolated on this island. A feeble and grubby man reveals himself and helps Michael to survive. After a long time passes, the boat returns victoriously. What will the revelations be once the boat returns to rescue him?

The author successfully provoked multiple emotions from me, for the duration of the story. The opening sentence begins with β€œI disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday”. By this, we already know who the narrator is and there is a sense of curiosity expressed from the reader. The reader will wonder how this boy had disappeared the day before his birthday. The author has made this book interesting but comprehensible. One key emotion that was triggered the most was sympathy. One important event of the story is when Kensuke is first introduced. Kensuke explains who he is and where he is from. He speaks about his family, about how he is unaware if they are alive. I felt a brief glimpse of sadness and sympathy for him. I started to imagine how it would feel if I was placed in the shoes of Kensuke.

Although, the author has disappointed me in a certain aspect of the book. There was not enough depth to the actual story. I feel that it could have went on for much longer, considering the fact it was intensely interesting.

If I were to recommend this book to a certain target audience, I would say to those who are under the age of eighteen. The language is not complex and that is one of the reasons why I like it. Even people who find reading challenging or lack concentration, this book will grab a hold of their attention span. If I were to give this book a star rating, I would say four and a half stars out of five.

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Thanks Asteria! Michael Morpurgo is an incredibly popular author in the library and we have MANY of his books here for loan πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–

The deadline for next months competition is Tuesday 28th February so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to for a chance to win €10 book token! πŸ€‘πŸ“–πŸ˜Ž

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Monthly Book Review Competition! βœŒπŸ“™

January’s Book Review Competition deadline is Monday 30th January. Any student can enter, and all you have to do is write a review of any book you like, give it a star rating out of five stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and then email it to to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token!

Since we started running this competition we have had 6 students win a book token! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰

Julie Traynor in P2

Ava Moore in L2

Ambereen Zafar in B5 (who won it twice! πŸ‘)

Connie Heather in B2

Saffron Ralph in L1

and most recently Ava Power in P1!

The next winner could be YOU! 😊

Take a look at the books with winning reviews so far, and you can read the reviews by clicking here

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Happy Reading Week! πŸ€“πŸ“š

This year’s One School One book as you all know by now is the wonderful Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood. 🌌🌠

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C. J. Flood’s debut novel, “Infinite Sky”, is an emotionally compelling story of first love and family tension.


All week we will Β D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) for the last ten minutes of each class, so make sure youΒ alwaysΒ have your book in your bag!

There are various competitions running throughout the week based on the book:

On Wednesday at lunchtime the library is hosting a quiz on the book with various prizes! ❀✌


1st Year competition:

Design and draw a new cover for Infinite Sky.


2nd Year competition:

Imagine you are a journalist reporting on the events of the climax of the novel:

  • Write your report for a newspaper describing the events.
  • The final report should contain a dramatic headline


3rd Year competition:

Design a promotional poster for the book Infinite Sky.

The poster should persuade readers to purchase the book while providing necessary details such as cost, genre, slogan, blurb and imagery.


4th Year competition:

Iris is a character who deals with both internal and external dilemmas.

Present visually Iris’s internal and external struggles on a poster to create awareness of mental health.


the 5th Year competition:

Infinite Sky is a novel which addresses the prejudices and preconceived ideas many have toward the travelling community. Write a blog for a youth website in which you explore how literature can teach us about issues like this. You must relate your blog to the events in the novel and other books you have read if you wish. (1 to 1 Β½ pages)


Write a persuasive speech to be given to a group of parents entitled: β€˜Teenagers should be trusted to make their own decisions.’ You may agree or disagree with the statement after reading the novel.Β  Your response must relate to the events described in the novel (1 to 1 Β½ pages)


voluntary 6th Year competition:

The options for 5th Year are also available to 6th Years.

Good luck everyone and happy reading!πŸ€“πŸ“šπŸ˜βœŒπŸ˜ŽπŸ“–β€

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Monthly Book Review Competition! πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ˜πŸ“šπŸ€‘

A reminder about the book review competition for which this months deadline is Wednesday 26th October. Anyone can enter, and all you have to do is write a review of any book you like, give it a star rating out of five stars and then just email it to to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token!


Have a look at some previous wining entries for some inspiration!


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