Library Blog

  • Magic in the Library

    ‘Young people can’t listen anymore’ was a remark made recently at a social gathering to storyteller Niall de Burca, who made his annual appearance in Clongowes recently. He didn’t agree and neither do the many students in Clongowes, who have been entertained by his unique brand of storytelling over the years. We were lucky Niall […]

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  • Jane Mitchell Author Visit

    ‘Chalkline’ author Jane Mitchell will visit Clongowes this Fri 22nd to deliver a presentation and writing workshop to Elements… Jane last visited the school in 2012 when our current Poetry students were in their first year. ‘Chalkline’ was loved then by the students and remains a popular book. Endorsed by Amnesty International (UK) for contributing […]

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  • ‘Sullivan’ Win Literary Quiz

    Headed by their House leader, Michael Stapleton, quiz team ‘Sullivan’ scooped first place in this year’s James Joyce Library Literary Quiz. Stapleton with team mates, Rian McKeagney, Frankie Reilly, Dylan Liddy and Luc Curley scored 46 points out of a possible 50. They were very strong contenders throughout the quiz, their first round kicked off […]

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  • Penguins in the Library

    It was appropriate that snow fell on the morning following Jonathan Shackleton’s presentation on his cousin Ernest Shackleton and the Antarctic in the James Joyce Library last week. An audience of parents, students and staff had been captivated by the overview of Antarctic exploration, particularly Ernest Shackleton’s involvement and the incredible survival story that resulted […]

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  • Drop Everything & Read

    In celebration of World Book Week, a D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read) event was organised by the James Joyce Library here in Clongowes today, when the normal timetable was dropped at 10.20. For forty minutes students and staff read books (or e-books), graphic novels, magazines or newspapers of their choosing. All D.E.A.R. participants also got a […]

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  • Fictional Clongowes

    A joint literacy and ‘Men for Others’ initiative saw the staff and students of Clongowes raise in excess of €450 for Barretstown and the Jesuit Refugee Services on Book Character Dress-up Day last Wednesday (4th, November). The day was the brain child of College Librarian, Ms Jane O’Loughlin (a.k.a. Catwoman) who supplied the following report. As ever, […]

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  • The Reading Path to Empathy – the essence of becoming ‘men for others’

      A small selection of our collection that will help to develop empathy.  ’The Guardian’  recently published Lost for words? How reading can teach children empathy an article by Miranda McKearney and Sarah Mears. It highlights the importance of reading for children in relation to developing empathy.  Reading stories allow young people to explore the feelings […]

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  • Unlocking the Door to Learning: Post-Primary Literacy Conference

    On Saturday last, April 18th, accompanied by Ms Frampton (Learning Support Dept) I attended the PDST Literacy event titled Unlocking the Door to Learning: Post-Primary Literacy Conference. In attendance were over 230 delegates from across the country made up of  post primary teachers of varying subjects and a number of school librarians. It was a very well […]

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  • All ears in Third Line

    Third Line all ears for storyteller Niall de Burca “Young people can’t listen anymore” was a remark made recently at a social gathering to storyteller Niall de Burca. He didn’t agree. Third Line also proved that the statement was an untruth as all ears were tuned to de Burca’s night of storytelling before the Easter […]

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  • Inaugural Inter-House Literary Quiz

    We held our first Inter-House Literary Quiz yesterday evening, Mon 11th of March. The ten Houses were each represented by a team of six, one student from each year.   Questions were based primarily on the World Book Day Writes of Passage, http://worldbookday.com/writes-of-passage/, fifty of the most popular teen and young adult reads as voted […]

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