Book Reviews

General Information

Kildare Library Service – Change to Service Arrangements

Following the announcement from Government, that the entire country is to be moved to level 3 ‘with modifications’ of Recovery and Resilience 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19, the following arrangements will now be in place for Kildare Libraries from Tuesday 1st December. Open by AppointmentKildare Libraries in Athy, Celbridge, Kildare, Leixlip, Maynooth, Naas and… Continue reading Kildare Library Service – Change to Service Arrangements

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 7

Dark, Dying Earth, Gritty and Grimdark Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Dark Fantasy  This sub-genre is a blend of horror and fantasy with a brooding or dark atmosphere, so it aims to unnerve or frighten the reader. The setting tends to be paranormal with supernatural elements such as vampires or werewolves. The magic in… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 7

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Author: Lucinda Riley Title: The Seven Sisters Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, Atlantis- an amazing, secluded castle on the shores of Lake Geneva- having been told that their beloved father, who had adopted them all as… Continue reading Book Review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me Author: Jess Rothenberg Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: If I’d known right then that this was the kid who would grow up to break my heart beyond repair, maybe I would’ve stayed upstairs on the phone with… Continue reading Book Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Adult Fiction, Connections Through Literature

Doireann Ní Ghriofa to Close ‘Connections Through Literature’ Series

                                                In celebration of 30 years of the Irish Writers’ Centre, and in collaboration with Kildare Libraries, join us as critic and literary scholar Liam Mac Amhlaigh, of Maynooth University, discusses literature and life’s journeys with the renowned poet and essayist, Doireann Ní Ghríofa. This special event, crossing bilingually from Irish into English, promises to unpack… Continue reading Doireann Ní Ghriofa to Close ‘Connections Through Literature’ Series

Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12

Book Review: Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

Title: Listen to the Moon Author: Michael Morpurgo Genre: Children's Fiction Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: The month is May.  The year, 1915.  On an uninhabited island in the Scillies, Alfie and his father discover an injured girl - thirsty, hungry and with not an inkling of who she is or… Continue reading Book Review: Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

Educational, General Information

Kildare to Launch It’s Very First Climate & Energy Week at the End of the Month

Copyright @leskellyphotography Earlier this month, Kildare County Council launched Kildare’s first Climate and Energy Week which will take place from 26th – 29th October 2021. The 4-day schedule of online and in-person events will focus on highlighting and raising awareness of our energy and climate action responsibilities.  The events are planned throughout Kildare Climate & Energy Week and will… Continue reading Kildare to Launch It’s Very First Climate & Energy Week at the End of the Month

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 6

Alternate Worlds, Crossworlds, Portal and Quest Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Alternate World Fantasy Stories told in this sub-genre take place on a world other than our own and journeys to this world end in adventure. Consequently, world building is very important in Alternate World Fantasy as they must be developed enough to be… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 6

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: The Crossover Author: Kwame Alexander Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: A powerful novel in verse about twin brothers who are rivals both on and off the basketball court. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Review: This is a captivating verse novel, which means it is written… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian fiction. Adventure. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: In a bleak future, twenty-four girls and boys are poised against each other in a live TV show called The Hunger Games.  There is just one rule: Kill or be killed. Sixteen… Continue reading Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Digital Library Resources, Digital Resources, Digital Services, Educational, Library services

A Look at The Library eResources – Universal Class

One of the key parts of the current National Libraries Strategy is to promote life-long learning and a nice way to wet your appetite for this is to do a short course on Kildare Libraries free e-service Universal Class. This  is a service you can sign up to with just your library barcode and doesn’t… Continue reading A Look at The Library eResources – Universal Class