Monday, March 30, 2009

School Visit

Last Wednesday morning we were visited by the pupils of 2nd class from Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch in Ballymun. While they were here they participated in all manner of mayhem and even made their own picture books.

Thanks to all who contributed to a great day, most of all the children!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Book of the Month

Top of the pile for March is a junior book by Roberta Basel, "Sequoyah".

Sequoyah was a Cherokee Indian who in 1821 created a set of written symbols for the previously spoken-only Cherokee language. He went on to work as a delegate in Cherokee dealings with the US but his creation of the Cherokee alphabet is his most enduring legacy.

The book is in our Junior Section at J970.1/BAS but is a gorgeous production and a fascinating read for child and adult alike.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Library Visit

Today we welcome children from Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch to the Library for various book-related activities.

There may be some commotion in the Library so we thank our users for their patience!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Catalogue Downtime

The Catalogue will be unavailable on Monday, March 23 from 8.30am until lunchtime approximately to enable essential maintenance work to be carried out.

Apologies for any inconvenience to our users.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Resources for Early Childhood Education

The Subject Resources section on our website now has a portal for resources in Early Childhood Education. It lists journals and databases relevant to those studying in this area. Have a look!

Many thanks to Liz Dunphy for her help in selecting the resources.

Monday, March 16, 2009

J.M. Synge Exhibition

"In a good play every speech should be as fully flavoured as a nut or apple"
J.M. Synge, 1871-1909.

March 24th this year is the centenary of the death of one of our most celebrated playwrights, John Millington Synge. To mark the occasion we are displaying a collection of his works at the entrance to the Library.

Feel free to check out any of the display items yourself, we'll dig out a replacement!

School Visit

One day each year we invite children from a local school to the Library to partake in all manner of fun and games.

This year's event is taking place next Tuesday morning, March 24 and the lucky boys and girls are from Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch in Ballymun. We await their visit and the ensuing mayhem with glee!

All staff and students are more than welcome to spectate...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Library Closed on St. Patrick's Day

The Library will close on Tuesday, March 17 for St. Patrick's Day. Our opening hours for the rest of the week will be as normal during term-time.

Short Term Loans

This weekend (from Thursday evening) 24hr-loans will be issued until Wednesday, March 18th rather than Monday.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

P.J. Lynch Library Visit

To celebrate Unesco World Book Day (April 23), the Library is delighted to announce that renowned Irish illustrator P.J. Lynch will be visiting us that evening. He will give a talk on his work as an illustrator of children's books while displaying slides of a selection of his paintings.

We will give more details closer to the date, but keep your diaries free for April 23!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Few Words on Avoiding Plagiarism...

Students who want to know more about how to avoid plagiarism should visit, an excellent site with lots of information on what is and isn't considered plagiarism and how to avoid the pitfalls. You can see the College policy on plagiarism here.

For staff of St. Patrick's College we provide Turnitin, a web-based program allowing you or your students to submit a document and obtain an 'originality report'. It gives feedback on referenced sources and details as to where further referencing is required.

If you'd like to know more about turnitin and how you can start using it, please contact Liam O'Dwyer in the Library @ 8842175.

Go raibh maith agaibh!

Last week's book sale in aid of St. Michael's House was a roaring success and the Library would like to thank all those who contributed towards it. We managed to raise €1,024 which we will present to St. Michaels House this week.

Bualadh bos mór to all of you!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Catalogue Downtime

The Library Catalogue will be unavailable tomorrow Wednesday, March 4th from 3pm until approximately 6pm to allow for essential systems maintenance.

Apologies for any inconvenience to our users.

Library Book Sale

Our Book Sale in aid of St. Michael's House will start tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am outside the Library. We've had a great selection of titles donated already so thanks to all who contributed. You can still bring books along to the sale itself which will allow you to purchase another book for €2 (normal price will be €3).

The sale will last until Friday 6th March. Roll up!