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Larkin Library News 4th -15th November 2019 (24)



We received 45 entries during the month of October for the Inktober Challenge. On the last day of term all of our school staff were invited into the library to view the art and choose their favourites. Illustrator Fintan Taite also kindly assisted in the judging. Frames were purchased from IKEA over midterm and Kevin and Jenny hung the framed artwork on the noticeboard inside the library door. Specialist Crafts in Galway have made up some art packs as prizes. These will be presented at the prize-giving ceremony in November and these amazing works will be then be shown as part of a larger exhibition in other libraries. Well done Eros, Manish, Navisth, Rose, Iris and Elaine


Book in Your Bag

As part of our DEIS Plan from Monday 11th the library and JCSP will be starting the Book in Your Bag initiative. This is a whole-school initiative which will require that all students have a library book in their bag at all times. To this end there were library classes for all Senior Cycle students to ensure they all remember to borrow library books. Students will also be asked to spend tutor times doing quiet reading for the next four weeks until December 8th.Tutors, year heads and English teachers will carry out spot checks to ensure that everybody is participating in the BIYB. The library has purchased 20 spot prizes as spot prizes and other prizes will also be given out.


Stand Up Week

To celebrate #StandUpWeek19 we decorated our library with rainbow colours and made a special reading corner where our newest LGBT+ books were displayed. Lisa Downes, facilitator of Allsorts, the LGBTI+ group in St. Andrew’s Resource Centre gave a very powerful talk to a group of our students. Lisa discussed their ‘Dear Me’ postcard campaign, currently being exhibited in Larkin Library and we explored the possibility of setting up an LGBT+ group in Larkin. The Allsorts group at St. Andrews resource centre completed the postcard project a few years ago and a large group of them came to talk to our students about it last year and shared their exhibition with us. They kindly allowed us to exhibit their postcards again this year and these were on display all day Thursday where approximately 100 students and staff got to see and read them. Some of our TY Ambassador team to helped us decorate the library and prepared rainbow sweets, cakes and balloons. During lunchtime we played Same Love by Macklemore on a loop and invited everyone to write a message to support LGBT+ students in Larkin in the hope of building up a bank of postcards of our own.


BEACONS – Wednesday 13th

Larkin Library hosted BEACONS (Bringing Education Alive for our Communities On a National Scale) on Wednesday 13th. There were attendees there from Marino College, Belvedere College Mount Carmel Secondary School, Central Model Primary, Scoil Chaoimhín and St Joseph’s along with students and parents and representatives from the Teaching Council and the Department of Education. BEACONS is about ‘Participating in a conversation that could change education.’



Book Club - Thursday 14th

Reader in Residence with Dublin City Libraries, Bernadette Larkin, has facilitated several junior book clubs in Larkin over the past year. The Residency is finishing in December so we have asked her to train up some students to run a student book club themselves. Bernadette will be coming to our library on Thursday mornings at 8.15 for any students who would like to join in. This month students are reading Toffee by Sarah Crossan.