Christmas Reading Challenge

From the 6th of December until the 10th of January 2022, we will be holding a Christmas readathon! What is a Readathon? Do you know what a readathon is? A readathon is where you read as much as you can over the course of a specified time. You can choose whatever books you would like to read – including non-fiction! You record the books you’ve read and then add them to a record where all other participants can see what you read over the time period. Whoever reads the most from each group will win a prize! All are welcome to take part. We have lots of new books in the library including The Henna Wars, Heartland, The Ballad of Snakes and Songbirds, Midnight Sun and lots more. You can borrow these from the library […]

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History of Animation Week

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! 

Fighting Words Irish Times Creative Writing Competition call for submissions

Creative Writing Competition

Fighting Words Creative Writing Supplement in the Irish Times The annual Fighting Words creative writing supplement for the Irish Times is now accepting submissions. Each year, teenagers are invited to submit their creative writing pieces for a chance to be published. Fighting Words are looking for poems (max. 2 poems per person), prose and creative writing pieces (max. 1500 words) for their supplement. The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Wednesday 22nd of December. How to Enter All pieces must by typed up and emailed to Fighting Words for consideration. All entries should be emailed to As part of your submission you should also include the following information: Your name Your age Your school Your parents/guardians name, phone number and email address The word count of your submission For more information For more information […]

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Library Inktober 2021

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!

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Creative Writing

Fighting Words – Young Playwrights Online Workshops

Are you interested in learning how to write screenplays or what it is like to be a playwright? Fighting Words are running a series of online workshops on the crafting, creation and writing of plays and screenplays. Each workshop focuses on a different key aspect of writing. If you are interested in taking part, be sure to register quickly as places are limited. The online workshops will be taking place on the following dates: November 13th December 4th January 8th and 29th February 19th March 12th These workshops are completely free! For more information and to register, please visit the Fighting Words Playwright Workshop page.

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Halloween at Cluny Library

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 […]

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Halloween book display in Cluny Library.

Halloween Reading List

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!

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Summer Stars short story competition

Summer Stars Short Story Competition

What is it? The Summer Stars short story competition is now opened to entries from individuals aged between 6 to 18. There are three categories for entries: age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18.    The prompt for this years competition is: Of all the places in the world, I never thought I would be here. All entries should be no more than 500 words. The winner of each category will win a tablet with finalists also receiving a €50 voucher. More information The deadline for entries is the 31st of August 2021. For more information or to submit your entry, please visit the Summer Stars event page.

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