The ‘Every Child Gets a Book’ Initiative

Doreen Lundon Each December in Mount Seskin Community College it is tradition for books to be given as gifts from students to their younger siblings at home. The books are ordered by the Librarian in early November, Christmas paper and tags are bought, Sellotape stocked up on, and the library is set up for all students with younger siblings to come in and choose books, have them wrapped up in Christmas paper and add a gift tag that they wrote. Not all students in our school community celebrate Christmas, so there is the option of non-Christmas wrapping paper so that…

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Margaret Aylward Community College The BoB Project is a family literacy programme in collaboration with the HSCL of the school, to develop a home environment conducive to reading for pleasure. Books and other reading materials are provided to families who may benefit from a focused literacy approach. Reading and child development, the benefits of reading for pleasure, advice on ways to assist their children in reading and similar supports are given throughout the year. It encompasses home, JCSP library, public library and the community. This project began soon after I arrived at Margaret Aylward CC with then HSCL Aideen Nangle’s…

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EIRSAT-1 Space Art Challenge – Winning Entries

We were blown away by the level of engagement in our Space Art Challenge and we received over 320 individual student entries. Our judging panel consisted of the artists who created our Space Art tutorials, together with members of the EIRSAT-1 team in UCD. All judges selections were made anonymously, without sight of school or student information. We wish to thank all involved in this project, in particular our project collaborators in the Science Department in UCD, and especially the EIRSAT-1 team. Thanks to our brilliant professional artists – Emer O Boyle, Jessica Erkal, Helen Robinson, Alan Nolan and Aidan…

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Home Languages Collection on Sora

Languages Connect & JCSP Library Project Digital Library Collaboration JCSP Libraries are delighted to introduce our new collaborative project with Languages Connect under which we have added a new Home Languages collection to our Digital Library on Sora. The aim of this collection is to encourage students, with home languages other than English or Irish, to access books in their home language. The collection contains titles, in eBook and eAudiobook format, across 25 different European and Asian languages. There are currently over 630 titles in the collection and new titles and new languages will be added on a continual basis.…

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National Drop Everything and Read Challenge 2021

by Kathleen Moran Register your support for DEAR here Following on from our enormously successful 2020 National DEAR Challenge – where we had over 342,000 registered participants – we are once again inviting the entire nation to take time out to join our 2021 Challenge and to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for 20 minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 30th 2021. 2021 will be our 6th National DEAR Challenge and we hope to make it bigger and better than ever. The simple idea is to promote the importance of literacy and to spread the joy of reading for pleasure by having…

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EIRSAT-1 Space Art Challenge

The EIRSAT-1 Team in UCD and JCSP Libraries have come together to create the Space Art Challenge. This exciting new space-themed art competition is open to students in JCSP schools across Ireland Free video tutorials with artists Helen Robinson, Jessica Erkal, Aidan Courtney, Emer O Boyle and Alan Nolan will be posted weekly on the JCSP Libraries YouTube Channel HERE – commencing on the week of February 22nd 2021. Each artist will demonstrate their own artistic style, following specific space-themed prompts and they will also share tips to support students to develop their own artistic knowledge and skills.  The challenge requires…

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by Joe Kelly The links between Kevin Mc Dermott and Trinity Comprehensive School have been strong for many years now and this bond was further strengthened in the past year through an innovative trilingual, international creative writing initiative. The residency saw Kevin work with a group of thirteen students in our school library over the course of a number of weeks. Students were selected based on their interest in creative writing and the group was made up of twelve second year students and a single student from Transition Year. As a way of setting a theme, Kevin introduced the young…

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JCSP Librarian in final of the School Library Association School Librarian of the Year Award 2020/2021

Éadaoin Quinn We are thrilled to announce that Éadaoin Quinn, JCSP School Librarian in Enniscorthy Vocational College, Co. Wexford is one of just 5 school librarians from across Irish, UK and International Schools, to have made the prestigious School Library Association Honour List for School Librarian of the Year 2020/2021. Éadaoin was one of the first librarians to join the JCSP Demonstration Library Project in 2002 in her hometown when she set up the library in Presentation Secondary School in Warrenmount, Dublin 8. Previously Éadaoin worked in her alma mater Trinity College, briefly holding the title of “Superintendent of Book…

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“My daughter is always talking about the library and the things she does there.”

The mother of a 2nd year JCSP student. (Coláiste Eoin)

“Oh Miss, you got in the next one in the series. I’m so happy”.

A student is delighted to find a new book in the library by one of her favourite authors at the start of term. (Selskar College)