St. Ursula’s Primary School is delighted to announce that their newly renovated and refurbished library is up and running!! It has been a very large project involving extensive building work and the organisation and updating of thousands of books and resources.
The refurbishment was financed through fundraising by the Board of Management, staff, Parents Association and the parent body of the school. The fundraising projects raised in excess of €3,600.00 which enabled the school to restock and update the library with new books. Genzyme Ireland Ltd also made a generous donation towards the cost of the new books and their support is greatly appreciated by the school. Thanks must also be given to the pupils and parents who donated beautiful, high quality, books to the school library. These contributions are valued and appreciated and they will be enjoyed by the pupils for many years to come!
A group of teachers, non-teaching staff and pupils formed a library committee and under the direction of Emer O’Keeffe, spent long hours decorating the library and scanning the new books into the modern computerised library system. It is due to their unrelenting teamwork, goodwill and commitment to the project that the library is now a sanctuary where our pupils can engage with books in beautiful and welcoming surroundings.
The new library walls are adorned with magnificent works of art by the pupils themselves and it is vibrant and bursting with colour! It is a very special place for pupils, past and present. The school is very proud of it and it is hoped that its calm relaxing atmosphere will foster in the children a lifelong love of reading for pleasure.
The school would like to take this opportunity to thank the architect and designer on the project, Declan Carroll, Architect and Anne Carroll, Interior Designer and also Tom O’ Brien Construction Ltd. for doing such a wonderful job on the library.
‘Merici Library’ was officially opened by Mary Arrigan, children’s author and illustrator, on the 27th November 2015 and was blessed by Fr. Gerard Chestnutt, Chairperson of the Board of Management.
Mary, a talented author and illustrator from Co. Tipperary visited the school to read to the children from her novel ‘Milo and One Angry Druid’. Mary has written books for children of all ages and kindly presented the school with a set of novels for class use. Her visit was a great success, as was the open evening for the parents and children.
It was a great pleasure to see so many people enjoying the books and fostering a love of reading amongst the children. It was a wonderful day for the entire school community.