Posted in Book Club, Books, Reading, Resources

New Books March 2018

New Books March 2018
New in this week

We have added a small number of titles to our collection this month. Both The Moth & The Unseen are March & April’s book club picks for our staff book club. Both staff and students alike really enjoyed Asne Seierstad’s One of Us, so Two Sisters should also be of interest.

Tara Westover’s Educated has been hailed as a fascinating read and should appeal to both our students & staff who enjoyed The Hillbilly Elegy, The Glass Castle and even elements of Elizabeth Strout’s My name is Lucy Barton, a best selling fiction title will resonate with the reader.

John Connell’s The Cow Book has received some really positive reviews, and looks to appeal to fans of Patrick Deeley’s The Hurley Maker’s Son (a HUGE favourite amongst our staff), and the gentle rural Irish fiction of John McGahern & William Trevor.

Posted in Exhibitions, Literacy Day, Reading, Resources


A Year of Books Exhibition

A selection of books borrowed by our staff and students in the academic year 2016/2017.

A year in books 1A year of Books 2

Beautiful Pictures – Beautiful Words

Some of our junior art classes were inspired by a picture of wildflowers and a poem by John Spillane

Art exhibition 1

Posted in Books, Display, Information Literacy, Reading, Resources, Students

2nd year Induction

Each year we run a short induction session for our 2nd year students who are new to the school.

They get to learn the rules and regualtions of the Learning Centre, how to use all of the services and resources available, and get to know both our Learning Centre and Archive staff.

Our first activity is to get all students to write the last book that they have read on a post-it note and pin it to our display board – then we make a display window onto the outside corridor of all of the book jackets.

2nd year induction 2017

Posted in Authors, Books, Reading

New books for September 2017

Slightly in advance of the new academic year we have a number of new books in the Learning Centre, covering a myrid of genres including Irish & American fiction, some young adult series, poetry, nature, science and some true crime.

For a full listing of what has come in please take a look at our Padlet, which lists each book by category and gives the location of the book in the Learning Centre.


Posted in Authors, Books, Reading

Misery loves company: why Stephen King remains Hollywood’s favorite author

An article in this week’s Guardian online looks at the longevity of author Stephen King and the hollywood adaptions of his work, recently we’ve seen remakes of both Carrie and It, and this year we have 4 adaptions of his coming out – starting with The Dark Tower in August.

Stpehn King Novels

King is a firm favourite here in the Learning Centre, with an old battered copy of Misery being the most borrowed (it will probably need to be replaced with a newer copy soon). We also have a well-thumbed copy of On Writing, which is read by both King fans and those interested in writing their own pieces.

Other articles like this:

Ten things I learned about writing from Stephen King (James Smythe, The Guardian Oct 2015)

Is Stephen King a great writer? (Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture, Oct 2014)

Posted in Authors, Books, Reading

Great Reads Book Awards Long List 2017

It’s finally here – the Great Reads award long list. A panel of school librarians have the task of reading through all of these this Summer, and selecting a shortlist.

The long list below has the titles highlighted that we currently have in the learning centre, you can look them up on the catalogue PC or ask Lorraine or Barbara on the desk.


  1. The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt (Penguin: Oct 2016)
  2. Girl of Ink and Tears by Kiran Millwood Hargreave (Chicken House: May 2016)
  3. The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill (1/9/2016)
  4. Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley (April 2016)
  5. See You in the Cosmos / by Jack Cheng Junior (Feb 2017)
  6. Sarah Carroll: The Girl in Between June 2017
  7. The Hate U Give /by Angie Thomas (Blazer and Bray: February 2017)
  8. The Path of Revenge /by Aaron Byrne (Olympia: June 2016)
  9. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry (Razorbill: Jan 2016)
  10. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (Katherine Tegan Books: March 2016)
  11. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Delacorte: April 2016)
  12. Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia (Hyperion: August 2016)
  13. Joaquin Lowe: Bullet Catcher (Hot Key Books: February 2016)
  14. When Morning Comes, Arushi Raina (Tradewind: June 2016)
  15. The sign of one by Eugene Lambert (Egmont: April 2016)
  16. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
  17. The Space between by Meg Grehan
  18. Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe (One World: 2017)
  19. The Ministry of Strange Unusual and Impossible Things by Paul Gamble
  20. One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus (Penguin: 2017)