Accelerated Reader Certificates πŸ€“βœŒπŸ“š

Well done to our first round of First Year Accelerated Reader winners who received certificates and prizes. You are all Star Readers! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


We also have our first Word Millionaire of the year. Maia Carvill in L1 has read well over a million words since September. What a huge achievement, well done Maia! πŸ€—


The next round will be handed out before Christmas so get reading!

*Not pictured (due to a camera malfunctionπŸ˜‚) from P1, Caitlin Evoy and Sarah Moore also received AR certificates


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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

After months of reading the shortlisted books for the CBI Book of the Year Awards, talking about them, voting on them, and partaking in a video about them (!) the awards were held in Smock Alley Theatre on Tuesday 23rd May and we finally got to hear the winners!

First take a look at our fantastic Book Club Beanbag ladies discussing Historopedia, Plain Jane, The Call, The Ministry of SUITs,Β and NeedleworkΒ along with other young shadowers in this wonderful video

*8 mins in to see the OLS girls

Aren’t they fantastic?! Thanks to Sarah Hyland L3, Marie Bishop B4, Jennifer Bishop B1, Catherine Galvin L1, Roisin O’ Neill C1, Anna Murray C1, Isabelle Roantree C1, Halle Donnelly Mahon B1, and Aisling Coyle C1 for participating!

Now for the awards…


  • Honour Award for Fiction: needleworkDeirdre Sullivan for Needlework. The judges said, β€˜Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan is a poetic and eloquent exploration of violation, abuse, neglect and advocacy of the transformative power of art. Starkly genuine and sincere, Sullivan’s powerful use of the metaphor of tattooing invites reflection about identity, difference, self-protection and self-invention. This searing yet delicate representation of adolescent experience will resonate deeply with teenagers and is a story that needs to be told and needs to be read.’ Little Island Books. Suitable for 15+



  • Judges’ Special Award: Tadhg Mac DhonnagaΓ­n, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tarsila KrΓΌse and Christina O’Donovan for Bliain na nAmhrΓ‘n.Β Futa Fata. Suitable for 3-7 year olds.




  • EilΓ­s Dillon award for a first children’s book: Paul Gamble for The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things. Little Island Books, Suitable for 9+the ministry




Children’s Choice Award:The CallΒ  Peadar Γ“ GuilΓ­n for Β  Β  Β  Β The Call.Β This is the award that was chosen by the shadowing groups who read and judged the ten shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite!

*This was our favourite, and got our vote for Children’s Choice which we think is the most important award, shh…

David Fickling Books. suitable for 14+



And with such high praise from the man himself who can argue!Β twitter



And finally, the overall winner and recipient of the CBI Book of the Year Award 2017 is…Β 

Picturebook maker Chris Haughton with his book Goodnight Everyone!Β 0Chris was also the recipient of the Honour Award for Illustration for the same title. The award judges said β€˜Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’


I don’t know about you but now I’m just excited to find out what books will be on the shortlist next year!


You can read theΒ Children’s Books Ireland Press ReleaseΒ for more information on the awards.

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Library News Roundup! πŸ€ 

D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything And Readscreenshot_20170427-133859.pngΒ Β On Friday Our Lady’s School was involved in the nationwide D.E.A.R.! Β It was so much fun to be able to stop working and get our books out. A huge thank you to all of the participating teachers! Β πŸ‘ We definitely want more of this kind of thing!



  • Book ClubsΒ –Β Our Junior Book Club meets every Wednesday at lunchtime in the library. Β Starting from this month we also have an online version of our Book Club in both Junior and Senior formats. Β  The idea behind this is to allow anyone to read the Animated-gif-cat-reading-a-bookBook Club monthly picks in their own time, and then discuss them here in the comments! Β  The Senior version allows for both senior students, as well as teachers and parents, and anyone else who would like to join in on the reading fun! Β  In September, we hope to have a Senior Book Club monthly meeting in the library! Β  You can see the current monthly picks by clicking on the book clubs below πŸ™‚Β Β Β There is now a ‘Book Clubs’ tab on the websites main menu πŸ€“βœŒπŸ“–



  • Reading Reps MeetingAs well as consolidating all of the Parent Reading Habits survey information (see below), our Reading Reps decided on a new theme for the month. Β  So moving on from Mystery Month, we are now into Fantasy Month! Β πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„ Look out for fantasy posters around the school, and come check out a fantasy book from the library! Β Take a look at the fantasy options on the library’s online catalogue here.Β tumblr_static_tumblr_static_filename_640.gif
    • Β Parent Reading HabitsΒ Survey results
      It turns out that parents of OLS students love to read :)~58% of those surveyed read on a daily basis. The other 42% varied between, every few days, once a week or less often.
      ~61% prefer to read in the evening, while 29% like to read at any opportunity!
      ~55% spend around 30 minutes reading at a time, while 30% read for an hour or more, and the rest 20 minutes or less.
      ~Fiction, biographies, and specifically crime fiction and mysteries are the most popular types of books with OLS parents!
      ~And finally, from the MANY listed favourite books, the most common ones were ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zuzak, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen, and ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins.Well done to the parents for even deciding on favourites, we know how hard it is! Thank you so much for taking part in the survey, and a very well done to the Reading Reps for carrying out the survey and for tallying the results! πŸ€“πŸ“–βœŒ


  • CBI Shadowing Scheme –Β BOTYA-2017-A3-PosterDelighted to report that the shadowing of the CBI Book Awards books is going brilliantly! Β Everyone seems to be particularly enjoying ‘The Call’ by Peadar O’ Guilin. Β  As well as that we have some secret and exciting news regarding the Shadowing Scheme that we will soon be able to share with everyone! 😎




  • Monthly Book Review CompetitiontenorΒ This Friday is the deadline for April’s Book Review Competition (where did April go?!) To enter you just need to review any book and give it a star rating out of five. Then email your review to to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token! Get writing! πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

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World Book Day Celebration! πŸŒŸβš‘πŸŽ‰πŸ“–

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to and made an effort to make World Book Day at Our Lady’s a huge success!  There were some fantastic costumes on the day as you can see below!

A big congratulations to our winners of ‘Best Costume’ from each first year classes, who received a €10 book token for their effort! ❀

From C1 we have Emma Jane Weir as Alice in Wonderland πŸ„

From P1 Emer Keely as The Queen of Hearts πŸ‘Έβ€

From B1 we have SEVEN winners as a fantastic group costume, The Seven Dwarves are ShΓ³na Kelly, RΓ­onach Kelly, SinΓ©ad McCloskey, Jessica Horan, Katheine Hesse, Lauren Dwyer and Sophie McGovern πŸ˜΄πŸ€“πŸ˜³πŸ˜‘πŸ€—πŸ˜·πŸ™„

And last but not least from L1, Niamh Foran as Goldilocks! 🐻🐻🐻


Here’s a selection of some of the other costumes on the day (more to be added to the gallery on the school app)

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

February’s Book Review Competition winner is Aoife Doyle in P1!

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


Here’s her winning book review:

Hunger by Michael Grant


Book review by: Aoife Doyle

Title: Hunger

Author: Michael Grant

Series: This book is the second book in the β€˜Gone’ series.

Setting: This book is set in a place called Perdido beach in California. Perdido beach is on the coast of California and attracted many surfers before the FAYZ began.

The main characters: the main characters are Sam the leader of the good side and has the ability to shoot burning light from his hands that could kill someone, Caine the leader of the bad side and Sam’s long lost brother and has Telekinesis powers, Astrid is Sam’s girlfriend and a bit of a genius ,Drake is a bad guy who has a whip hand that cuts through your skin leaving ripped up flesh and Diana who is Caine’s girlfriend(sort of) and has the power to power read and see what your power is.

What is the FAYZ: The FAYZ stands for β€˜fallout alley youth zone’. It is a circular dome around the Perdido beach town, the centre of which is the nuclear power plant which may have potentially caused the FAYZ. Kids up to the age of 15 live in this town. The FAYZ consists of only kids as all the adults and kids over 15 β€˜blinked’ out or β€˜left’ when it occurred first. Sam and his brother Caine were the first people not to leave when they turned 15. Many more have stopped themselves from leaving the FAYZ by following instruction from Sam. Some characters develop powers in the FAYZ and use them to fight the good/bad guys.

Why I liked this book: I liked this book because I thought it was very descriptive and had a lot of action in it. It described everyone’s powers very well. It also described the setting very well and I could picture everything very clearly. It was full of action and was a real page turner.

Rating: I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people who have an interest in fictional and action books presumably 12 to 15 year olds.


Thanks Aoife, what a great review!! Michael Grant’s Gone series is hugely popular in the library πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–

The deadline for next months competition is MπŸ“–onday 27th March 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“–

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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.

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2                                                             ken1


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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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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