Author Archives: Lorraine Marrey

November Conference 2018

Our conference on Friday 16th November at Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, is called The School Library: Reaching out to our Communities. The conference features short presentations from school librarians on collaborating with their school communities, and contributions from book shops, Children’s Books Ireland, the Irish Film Institute and academic librarians.

This conference is ideal for those new to libraries (librarians, teaching staff or those responsible for the library), but will also appeal to those with more experience.

We will have a pop-up bookshop from Dubray Books, a book swap (bring along books and take some home), the launch of the SLARI Mentor Scheme, and a networking lunch to get to know your fellow librarians.

To sign up for the conference please fill out the Booking form and return to our secretary in advance of 16th November, either by post or by emailing it to Delegates can pay in cash on the day. Our full SLARI Conference Programme November 2018 is now available.

SLARI AGM – April 20th 2018

All are welcome to attend this important AGM as we will be looking to fill a number of executive and committee posts. A strong committee is our best guarantee for a strong SLARI and a group that can work to achieve our policy statements. Hope to see you there!

Juno Dawson talks …. identity and inclusion in the school library

Our conference with Juno Dawson will be held in the National Library Kildare St. on April 20th. Make sure to book your place for what should be a terrific talk from the fantastic YA and mental health author Juno Dawson.

SLARI April Conference 2018 Booking Form

GRA – 2018

We had a great morning in Gonzaga College as the guests of their librarian Siobhan McNamara who had organized a fantastic event for our 2018 Great Reads Awards. The large auditorium was nearly full. We had a number of authors who had made the time to come along, Helen Donohoe, Paul Gamble, Laurence Anholt (who won most read Junior category), Sarah Carroll (who won most read senior category), and Meg Grehan. We are very grateful for them making the effort to attend as it is a big part of the buzz of such events to see students meeting authors. Dave Rudden (last year’s winner of Junior most read category) was also in attendance and proved very popular. Sarah Webb gave a lovely talk introducing the award and announced our winners, One of us is lying by Karen McManus (senior category) and Wing Jones by Katherine Webber (junior category). It was a very interesting short list and a huge thanks to all the librarians who had whittled down a long list to this excellent shortlist. We can now start thinking what our suggestions will be for the 2019 award. DSC00165

Let’s Be Well – Feedback

Our November conference was well attended and seemed to hit the right notes for those who attended based on the very positive feedback. Lorraine Marrey did a great job in preparing the feedback form and in collating the information. Most found the venue and catering very suitable and we are very happy that the speakers were also considered  ideal. The hope is that for our 2018 conference and agm we can provide for some of your suggestions, which of course want to focus on things that actually work, supporting the new JCT and research skills with effective practice.

November Conference – Let’s Be Well

The November conference is to be held in the National Library on the morning of the 24th. Our main speaker will be from Jigsaw, an organisation that specialises in helping teenagers deal with the pressures of modern day living and staying mentally healthy. They will be giving us an oversight on how teenagers see themselves and how they tend to deal with their day to day lives and problems that arise. Jigsaw will be followed by a teachmeet, which will have four librarians give short presentations on activities they use in their libraries for supporting student wellbeing and mental health. The topics will include ideas on using yoga, meditation, mindfulness, restorative justice, solution focus therapy and music.

Booking Form and Brochure November 2017

Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries

To access potential funding for a school library collection you can apply for the CBI Robert Dunbar donation given annually to support reading for pleasure in schools. Check out the entry form on