Books by Irish female authors bookshelf display.

Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Our Summer Reading Challenge returns to Cluny. We are delighted to share the Summer Reading Challenge 2023 with you. Like last year, our summer challenge is a reading prompt list. This prompt list features a variety of reading challenges. Participants are tasked with reading something that meets the criteria for each prompt. Our prompts this year are: Read a book set in space. Try an audiobook. Read a retelling or reimagining of a classic, myth or popular story. Read a book inspired by true events. Read a book with multiple narrators or points of view (POVs). Read a book featuring magical creatures. Read a book recommended to you by someone else. By the end, all participants should have a unique reading list which documents their reading journey. Students, staff and parents/guardians are invited to take […]

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Book reindeer and snowman at Cluny Library.

Christmas Reading Guide

Christmas Reading Guide 2022 Finding the perfect book for others can be tricky, especially with all the potential options available to us. Choosing a new novel, something popular or selecting something from the right genre for avid readers or reluctant readers alike can be daunting. With this in mind, we created this reading guide which captures some of popular titles from the library as well as titles currently trending in book charts and online. We hope you find this guide helpful. Book titles include a link to their information pages on Easons. To access the reading guide, please see the following: Christmas Book Guide 2022. If you are looking for additional reading guides or lists, please visit our reading guides page here on the Cluny Library website.

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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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Note Taking

Britannica’s Research Guide

Britannica have released a very helpful guide on conducting research aimed at learners. This guide breaks the process of starting and completing a research project or piece in easy to follow steps.

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What is Borrowbox?

Looking for something to read or listen to at home? Why not try Borrowbox. Borrowbox is a repository of audiobooks and ebooks of novels by your favorite authors. You can download ebooks or audiobooks of your choice directly to your device. This includes your phone, computer or tablet. Did you know DLR Libraries offer this service for free to its library members? All you need is your library card number and to create an account. If you would like to see what is available or set up an account, visit the DLR Library website now. Any questions? If you have any questions or need help setting up your account, please let Ms. Curtin in the library know and she can assist you.

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Top 20 borrowed books of 2018/2019 in Cluny

This week, several online news sources have run with stories listing Ireland’s borrowing habits in its public libraries. We thought you might be interested to know what Cluny students have been borrowing closer to home! These are the Top 30 Borrowed Books in Cluny Library for 2018/2019: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon Le Petit Nicolas – René Goscinny Girl, Missing – Sophie McKenzie The Leaving – Tara Altebrando Am I Normal Yet – Holly Bourne A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne The Fault in Our Stars – John Green The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett – Chelsea Sedoti The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon The Princess Diaries: After Eight – Meg Cabot […]

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Parents’ Corner

Parents will often ask what books they can pick for their children for over the summer holidays. They want titles that will supplement their children’s academic progress, improve their vocabularies, and whet their interest in new topics. Of course, they also want these books to be enjoyable. In my experience, someone who reads for life  is often voracious, undiscriminating and eclectic in their taste. I have seen teenagers checking out five books at once, happily including Maeve Binchy, J.K. Rowling,  Manga (a Japanese comic book), Charlotte Brontë and Chinua Achebe. We worry about whether their reading material is challenging them sufficiently or whether they should be reading more nonfiction. Writers ponder whether it is time for them to move beyond mass-market fantasy series and try contemporary fiction while, perhaps hypocritically, adults around the world are […]

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