Visit Fingal – Howth has something for everyone! (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on January 9, 2016 in Libraries

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

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by Fingal Libraries on December 29, 2015 in Libraries

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

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by Fingal Libraries on December 21, 2015 in Libraries

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

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by Fingal Libraries on December 18, 2015 in Libraries

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!

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by Fingal Libraries on December 14, 2015 in Libraries

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

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by Fingal Libraries on December 4, 2015 in Libraries

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!

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by Fingal Libraries on November 30, 2015 in 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!

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by Fingal Libraries on November 19, 2015 in Libraries

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 […]

Read and Be Active!

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by Fingal Libraries on November 19, 2015 in Libraries, Sports & Recreation

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 […]

Shopping online this Christmas – make sure you know your rights!

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by Fingal Libraries on November 11, 2015 in Libraries

Irish adults spend an estimated €2.4bn online each year; many consider buying online a “cheaper and more convenient option” (1). The European Consumer Centre (ECC) in Ireland has been working with the EU in developing a comprehensive range of consumer protections designed to safeguard consumer rights when purchasing online. The European Consumer Cenrre Ireland has […]

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