Welcome back! We hope you all had a refreshing summer break and are ready for another exciting school year here at Cluny. Over the summer we have made some changes at Cluny Library that we would like to make you aware of. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the library and assisting you in any queries you may have. Opening Hours We have made some changes to our opening hours this term. As always, we are open at break and lunchtime for browsing, activities and resting. Last term, the library closed at 14:00 daily. We now have some changes to this. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library will be open until the end of the school day. Our new closing time on these days is 13:45. Library Communication Channels As per last […]Continue reading
Summer Reading Challenge 2022 – Recommended Reading List As you know, this summer we are holding a reading challenge asking students to read a title that matches each of the below prompts: Read a memoir Read something by an Irish author Read a science fiction novel Read a spy/detective novel Read an award winning book Read a historical fiction novel Ask someone for a book recommendation and read it Read a book featuring royalty Read a book featuring magic or magical realism Students who create a reading list which records each book they’ve read that matches the above will receieve a prize! One book might match multiple prompts. As long as read materials match, they’re applicable to the challenge. How to Enter Deadline for reading lists will be announced closer to September. Reading lists can […]Continue reading
World Book Day – 03 March 2022 World Book Day took place on the 03 March 2022. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of World Book Day this year at Cluny Library. All students were given their €1.50 book tokens to spend on their favorite books or to avail of some of the special free titles for this years annual event. We were visited by the Cluny Book Fairy who hid some books around the school. Students were tasked with finding these books. Whoever found them was allowed to keep them! Well done to all who took part in the book hunt and happy reading! A themed reading display was put together with a selection of recommended titles for all reading levels and interests. This display featured beloved stories including One by Sarah Crossan, The Boy […]Continue reading
A week of mischief, magic and more! We have come to the end of our second annual Harry Potter week here at Cluny library. We were delighted to bring back our displays of 3D printed wands at Olivander’s Wand shop, finding all 12 of the flying keys for the Philosopher Stone and lots more! Students loved seeing the 3D printed wands and trying to name the witch or wizard they belonged to. The TY library committee were busy making decorations for the week, from Hogwart’s house themed ties to making a Marauder’s Map, we had lots of wonderful decorations around the library. The House sigils made by last years committee also decorated our walls. Our suggested reads for Harry Potter fans as well as a Harry Potter book display were also ready for all who […]Continue reading
The House Reading Challenge 2022 Congratulations to St. Lucia who won the House Reading Challenge 2022! Together, they read over 23,000 pages during the challenge time. Well done to all teams who took part. As a school we read 233 books and over 80,000 pages! Wow! We hope you are all looking forward to our next reading challenge. To find out more about what this challenge was, read the below! What is the House Reading Pledge? Each House will take part in a reading challenge to read the most pages. Over the course of this term, each House will create a team consisting of the House Captains, house members and members of staff. These teams will read as much as they can and record the total number of pages they have read over this time […]Continue reading
As we start a new calendar, we thought it might be nice to revisit the most popular books here in the library.Continue reading
Last week in the library we ran a themed week around the history of animation.
Students learned about the origins of animation, from the very first animated piece, early animation techniques and the origins of some of today’s most well known animation houses. Exploring the analogue methods of animation from the use of mirrors and stop-motion, we travelled through history to the foundations of technicolour, combining music and movement and eventually to the movement to computer generated images (CGI).
Our TY Library Committee were busy making posters on a selection of famous animated pieces including Song of the Sea and Cinderella. These posters were displayed around the library for the week and included facts about how each movie was made, some fun facts about it and how it was received in the box office.
Events for the weeks
Along with our display boards, we had lots of fun events and activities for students.
We had a visit from Boulder Media to our TY students to talk about working in animation. Students were shown the phases of animation from early concept art, background creation, rigging, colour and final animation pieces. Students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and asked lots of great questions. A huge thank you to Boulder Media for coming in to talk to us.
Our TY students, Neila and Sarah ran an animation workshop for first year students. Using an app called ‘Flipaclip’, Neila and Sarah showed the first years how to make a bouncing ball animation. Students each created unique drawings called frames which when combined and played in video showed a bouncing ball. The first years really enjoyed this time. Thank you to Neila and Sarah for running this workshop!
Over the week, we also ran Kahoot quizzes for class groups on the history of animation and had the opportunity to watch some classic examples of animated masterpieces like Nightmare before Christmas and Spirited Away.
Here is a gallery for the week of events we had here!
The spring term registration for weekly coding classes is now open with the Academy of Code.Continue reading
Library Halloween Art Competition As mentioned in our Halloween blog post, as part of the festivities we ran an art competition here in the library. Students were invited to create something based on one of the following prompts: Raven Spirit Time Inktober is a social media tradition where artists challenge themselves to create something on a prompt for the full month of October. It is a great opportunity to be creative! And the winner is…. Well done to Paula Moreno Rubio in 3Y for her excellent drawing based on the prompt ‘raven’. Well done Paula!Continue reading
Halloween Decorations, Quizzes and More! With Halloween just around the corner, the library committee decorated the library in a truly spooky fashion with cobwebs, skeletons and even a graveyard to greet anyone who enters. Check out our scary book displays too! Both feature classics such as Dracula and Frankenstein alongside some newer contemporary scary stories like Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. To celebrate the week, we held a spooky Halloween quiz for first years. Questions ranged from the origins of Halloween to Halloween in popular culture. The students loved testing their knowledge in teams! At the end, they got the chance to browse the shelves for books to read over midterm and check out the scary decorations. We also ran an #Inktober competition for all students to enter. #Inktober is a popular online art trend […]Continue reading
Well done to TY students who applied to be members of this years library committee. Our new TY library committee was formed and had it’s first meeting on Thursday the 16th of September. This year’s TY library committee is: Shauna Brocklesby Niela Rek Tara Leahy Keelin O’Byrne Mimi Birchall Sarah Grumley Shannon Downing Lucy Turley Alice Walker At our first meeting, we brainstormed possible events to run over the next year. With planned fundraisers, themed weeks and literary activities, it sounds like it is going to be an exciting year here at Cluny library. The TY students busied themselves planning on how to decorate the library for Halloween! To read more on this, please visit the following post: Halloween at Cluny Library. In November, we will have a history of animation exhibition on in the […]Continue reading
As we prepare for the Halloween break and celebrations, why not pick up one of these spooky reads for over midterm? Have a look at our recommended reading list below!Continue reading
Research is an essential part of life – be it for an assignment, essay, class project or even just to see when the next Dublin bus to town is!Continue reading
The School Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland have selected a shortlist of the best debut YA novels for 2021.Continue reading
Book Club and Film Club return next week here at Cluny Library. See the details for each club below.Continue reading