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 Community, Students

Learning Centre Assistants

We are looking for two of our new intake of second years to join us as Learning Centre Assistants, which make up our Learning Centre committee.

The Learning Centre committee comprises of two student representatives from each year, that work with the manager, and Mr Flor Madden in involving the student voice in the running of the centre.

This is an opportunity for staff and students to work together in order to ensure the Learning Centre is meeting the needs of our Blackrock community. This includes helping with events, collection development, project work, and library visits.

eaglescoutsummer camp

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)