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

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

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Title: House of Earth and Blood Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: Fantasy fiction.  High fantasy. Romantic fantasy. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Bryce Quinlan used to light up Crescent City, partying all night in the clubs where the strict classes of Angel, Shifter, Human and Fae merge into a sea of… Continue reading Book Review: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Arts & Crafts, Behind the Books, Children 10-12, Children 6-10, Children's Book Festival, Educational, Library services

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

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

Title: Play With Me Author: Piper Shelly Genre: Romance, Young Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Ryan Hunter's parties are legendary. And tonight Liza is going to be there. Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally… Continue reading Book Review: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

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

Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Title: Just Listen Author: Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Fiction Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend, (the popular and exciting Sophie) she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. But then she meets Owen, a loner,… Continue reading Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 5

Sword and Sorcery/Planet, Swashbuckling and Military Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Sword and Sorcery Fantasy and Sword and Planet Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Fantasy focuses on sword-wielding heroes and their adventures to save the day, and includes magic (which is usually restricted to the villains). Stories in this sub-genre do not tend to be… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 5