From Page to Screen: Oscar Nominations
It’s Oscar Nomination season with the Award Ceremony taking place in February on Sunday the 28th. It’s been the year of the “Page to Screen” with many of the nominations being movies that were adapted from books. It also could be considered the year of the Irish Film with Irish Actors, Directors and Writers getting […]
Discover your Family History Day
Discover Your Family History Day To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, family history experts from Findmypast and Eneclann are touring Ireland to help you trace your ancestors for FREE! To start the tour we are hitting Blanchardstown Library first this Saturday the 16th from 11am-4pm On the day you can expect: . Free access to […]
Visit Fingal – Howth has something for everyone! (Guest Blog)
Whether it’s just a day out with the family or a very special occasion Guest Blogger Louise Coughlan loves to visit her native Howth in Fingal. I am very lucky to have come from Howth, growing up right beside the sea, all those walks with the dog, breathing in the fresh salty air, sinking my shoes into […]
Under the Hawthorn Tree
2015 marked the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular Irish children’s books ever written. Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna has become a modern classic. It has won prizes and been translated into over a dozen languages. Published in May 1990, the novel was the first book for children to deal with […]
“Buzzbe” A short story by Guest Blogger Miriam Scully
A seasonal short story by Guest Blogger Miriam Scully who is a member of the Chinkwell Creative Writing Group. The Chinkwell Writers meet every second Saturday in Donabate Library. Buzzbee My hoofs were killing me. Mary, Joseph and I had been walking for days. They had to go to Bethlehem to register for a census. […]
Fingal Libraries at Christmas Time
The lead up to Christmas begins early in Fingal Libraries. Once Halloween is over, each library branch begins to unpack all their Christmas stock which has been in storage since January. Out come the Christmas Cook Books, Christmas Craft Books, Christmas DVDs & CDs and of course all the wonderful Children’s Christmas Books. These books […]
Teddy Bear Takeover!
To celebrate National Children’s Book Festival, Balbriggan library recently held another successful Teddy Sleepover. As the children arrived we asked them to fill in the Teddy Info Sheets so we could find out all about their teddies – their names, favourite foods & favourite books. While most teddies seem to love pizza and chicken nuggets […]
Blanchardstown Library African Literature Collection
In Blanchardstown Library we have a dedicated collection of African Literature. This includes fiction and non-fiction by African writers and also books about Africa. Art, poetry, memoirs, biographies, travel writing and fiction are all included. Classic modern novels are here, like Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (1991) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun […]
Let’s go to the Movies…..in Fingal Libraries!
As well as lending out a large selection of films and TV box sets, Fingal Libraries regularly screen films. Over the past year, a variety of films for different age groups have been screened with special titles being chosen for different events such as the Bealtaine Festival. Upcoming for December there are seasonal screenings taking […]
Read and Be Active!
How can children read and be active at the same time?? Well Fingal libraries in conjunction with Fingal Sports have come up with a new initiative called the Big Sports Quiz. The intiative aims not only to improve childrens literacy but also their physical literacy with a clever programme that combines sports and reading. Children […]