Adult Non-fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations

A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922

The Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme has produced a new publication detailing many of the events that took place throughout the county during the War of Independence period. The launch of A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the burning of the Custom House, Dublin, on… Continue reading A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations

Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker

Author: Rae Carson Genre: Adult Fiction (Sci-fi, Fantasy) Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge library Witness the epic final chapter of the Skywalker saga with the official novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, including expanded scenes and additional content not seen in theaters!  The Resistance has been reborn. The spark of rebellion is rekindling across the galaxy.… Continue reading Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker

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Maynooth Library Easter Holidays Creative Writing Competition for Ages 10- 12 – Winning Entry

Maynooth Library hosted an Easter Holidays Creative Writing Competition for Ages 7-12 and was overwhelmed by the exceptional talent on display in the entries. The winning story from the 10-12 category is the immersive Fantasy ‘Spirit of Spring’ by Tiago aged 12 years old.  Spirit of Spring A long time ago, there was a boy… Continue reading Maynooth Library Easter Holidays Creative Writing Competition for Ages 10- 12 – Winning Entry

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Maynooth Library Easter Holidays Creative Writing Competition for Ages 7-9 – Winning Entry

Maynooth Library hosted an Easter Holidays Creative Writing Competition for Ages 7-12 and was overwhelmed by the exceptional talent on display in the entries. The winning story from the 7-9 category is the witty and playful ‘Fizzelpoz and Snezywooz’ by Finley who is 8 years old.  Fizzelpoz and Snezywooz Fizzelpoz was a small boy. Nobody… Continue reading Maynooth Library Easter Holidays Creative Writing Competition for Ages 7-9 – Winning Entry

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Children 10-12, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Tolkien Reading Day

By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters Tolkien Reading Day takes place annually on the 25th of March and celebrates the life and works of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of some of the famous works of fantasy in the English language. As a mild fan of Tolkien’s most famous works-I really must get around to reading… Continue reading Tolkien Reading Day

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Authors Cethan Leahy and Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s Teen Recommendations

As part of the Ireland Reads series of events with Kildare Libraries, Maynooth Library hosted a Young Adult panel on ‘Books Worth Living For’. The session hosted two wonderful Irish authors for teens, Cethan Leahy and Moïra Fowley-Doyle who shared some of the YA fiction they recommended for getting through lockdown and beyond. Ranging from… Continue reading Authors Cethan Leahy and Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s Teen Recommendations

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Author and Librarian Wayne Byrne on Writing

In celebration of International Writers’ Day 2021, Naas librarian and highly acclaimed author, Wayne Byrne, gives us Five Things that have shaped his work in literature.  Film – The motion picture has been the single most important factor in me becoming a writer. And I don’t mean that in the sense that I write about Cinema,… Continue reading Author and Librarian Wayne Byrne on Writing

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Ireland Reads: Author visit with Adiba Jaigirdar

Friday, 26th February, 3pm To continue our Ireland Reads celebration Kildare County Libraries have organised a fantastic event with author Adiba Jaigirdar. Adiba will talk about her acclaimed novel Henna Wars, which is like When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses. Synopsis… Continue reading Ireland Reads: Author visit with Adiba Jaigirdar

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Tips For Reading More Widely

By Elaine, Newbridge Library HQ Reading widely involves reading in a variety of genres and subjects both for pleasure and learning. But how do you do it? It is easy to say “For the next 12 months I will read as much as I can and as widely as I can”, but actually managing it… Continue reading Tips For Reading More Widely

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Kildare County Keep Well Campaign

The Government Plan for Living with COVID-19: Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 highlights the important role that individual and community resilience will play in contributing to our ongoing response to COVID-19. This campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy… Continue reading Kildare County Keep Well Campaign