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Even More Family Events Happening This Weekend!

Festive Fun with Lámh workshop Friday 10th December at 6.30pm via Zoom This December enjoy Family time at Kildare Libraries with Deirdre ~ Senior Speech & Language Therapist & Lámh Tutor. Join us on Zoom in the comfort of your home for a fun filled Christmas evening with Sing & Sign Christmas songs, a special… Continue reading Even More Family Events Happening This Weekend!

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 12

Gunpowder, Gaslamp, Flintlock and Steampunk. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Gunpowder Fantasy Gunpowder fantasy is centred on the presence of gunpowder in the story. Consequently, it more or less encompasses flintlock fantasy and more modern guns and gunpowder-related weapons. Magic, fantastical creatures, and other tropes of fantasy are still present in gunpowder fantasy. Magic and… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 12

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Tons of Family Fun With Your Library this December!

Every December, libraries in Kildare host a special programme of events that gets all the family involved, called Family Time at Your Library. The staff from each of the main libraries have been working hard putting together a mix of online events for you for this years programme. There's even two as Gaeilge in-person nature… Continue reading Tons of Family Fun With Your Library this December!

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

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 11

Historical, Pre-historic, Classical and Mediaeval. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Historical Fantasy This is fantasy that is set in a historical period of the real world and that frequently offers an alternative version of history and where magic or supernatural creatures exist. Historical fantasy is essentially blending the fantasy and historical genres together. The level… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 11

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 10

Romantic, Fantastic Romance, Alternate History and High Historical. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Romantic This sub-genre blends both fantasy and romance elements, so relationships are an important part of the plot and the story. The degree of magic, plot, violence and characterisation can be low, but this varies from story to story.  Related fantasy subgenres… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 10

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 9

Fairytales, Mythopoeia, Fantastic Poetry and Fantastique By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Fairytales Fairytales are a form of fantasy as they are usually set in distant magical worlds where supernatural characters exist. Fairytales in fantasy are expanded and given more back story and many fairytales have been re-written for adults. Due to the lack of specification… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 9

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 8

Celtic, Mythic, Arthurian and Legend Retelling. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Celtic Fantasy  This is fantasy that draws on Celtic legends and lore, usually Irish, Welsh or Scottish legends and mythology. Such fantasy is high in magic and magic influences most other story elements. Because characters and plot are vital to the development of Celtic… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 8

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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

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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

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Lots of Great Children’s Events in October at the Children’s Book Festival

The Children’s Book Festival will be celebrated throughout October in Kildare Libraries as part of a national celebration. The Children’s Book Festival aims to spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families and connect the public to authors and illustrators both in classrooms and online.Below are the list of events running for… Continue reading Lots of Great Children’s Events in October at the Children’s Book Festival