A Year in Review with the Blanchardstown Library Radio Show

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on December 31, 2018.

It has been an extraordinarily busy year for Blanchardstown Library, and to mark the festive season, the Blanchardstown Library Radio Show took a look back on our fondest memories of 2018. In an extended show on Christmas Eve, hosts Aoife, Ciara, and Meadhbh shared their highlights from the year, starting with the launch of the […]

It has been an extraordinarily busy year for Blanchardstown Library, and to mark the festive season, the Blanchardstown Library Radio Show took a look back on our fondest memories of 2018.

Meadhbh, Aoife, and Ciara, hosts of the Blanchardstown Library Radio Show on 92.5 Phoenix FM.

Meadhbh, Aoife, and Ciara, hosts of the Blanchardstown Library Radio Show on 92.5 Phoenix FM.

In an extended show on Christmas Eve, hosts Aoife, Ciara, and Meadhbh shared their highlights from the year, starting with the launch of the Mobile Libraries in January. With three new vans joining the Fingal family, the new fleet was stationed at Blanchardstown Library for a fun day of events. There was music, story-telling, school tours, and even some magic, as we officially launched the new vehicles, which have since become a popular feature throughout the county. They even paid a successful visit, with story-tellers and magicians in tow, to the Flavours of Fingal festival in June.

We enjoyed some fantastic late night events throughout the year, too. We had a visit from the Clown Chorus, and in April, we welcomed Editor Sinéad Gleeson, and Writers Lia Mills, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, and Bernie McGill for ‘A Feast of Female Voices’, a celebration of 2018′s ‘One City One Book’ selection, ‘The Long Gaze Back’. All four guests took part in an informative and eye-opening discussion about being a female writer in Ireland, before reading some passages from the book.

Blanchardstown Library Staff with Jackie Lynam, Dublin City Council & Special Guests

Blanchardstown Library Staff with Jackie Lynam, Dublin City Council & Spcial Guests

Science took a leading role in events throughout Fingal Libraries this year, and it was no different in Blanchardstown. We started our programme with ‘A Slice of Summer Science’ in July with STEMfest, a day-long family event which included engineering, coding, astrology, music, art, and flying! STEM Saturdays followed in November, which added ice cream making and dinosaur science to the mix.

Science Week was part of our hugely popular schools programmes, and saw hundreds of pupils from local primary and secondary schools learn about a variety of topics. Monday saw approximately 300 students descend on the library for marine biology, psychology, and chromatography workshops, as well as school tours, story time, and a demonstration on how to use our 3D printer. The rest of the week’s events included the Science of Star Wars and Harry Potter, biodiversity, and internet safety.

STEM Saturdays continued in Fingal on November 24, and December 1, with two very exciting days of robotics in Blanchardstown and Swords, respectively. Ireland’s leading creators of educational and entertainment robots, Mechatrons brought along their ‘Ingenius Machines’, and their football-playing ‘Rascals’, while R2D2 also made an appearance! A SESCA robotics workshop, coding, a Lego Bricks Young Engineers Workshop, and a presentation by renowned robotics expert Professor Peter Redmond rounded up two very enjoyable days of Science.

Our Harry Potter day, Bewitching Blanchardstown, also proved to be a big hit with all the family in August. Starting with stories and art at 10am, the day included real magic, tough wizarding tasks, and a very tricky quiz. A team of budding journalists put together their own Blanchardstown version of the Daily Prophet, before another late night event with Dave’s Jungle, where we met Brian the python, among other exotic (and occasionally terrifying!) creatures.

In November we brought an end to Bliain na Gaeilge in Fingal Libraries with ‘Blas Baile Bhlainséir’. Our aim was to show the fun side of Irish, and to take part in the national Gaeilge 24 initiative. With the students of Coláiste na Tulchann joining us for the day, we enjoyed story-telling with Niall de Búrca, a tráth na gceist, coding as Gaeilge with the Academy of Code, and fun with Giggles the Clown. We learned more about Science with a Frozen Yoghurt workshop, before the Fanzini Brothers ended the day with their circus antics.

Fanzini Brothers

Roberto Fanzini in action at Blas Baile Bhlainséir

Finally, we reflected on our Christmas event, which started with Family Time at Your Library; an excellent opportunity for parents and children alike to hear some stories, join in on crafts, and get suggestions for must-read books. Performances by Custard Pie Puppet Theatre and Coolmine Musical Society made it a truly memorable evening.

Of course, we enjoyed many other events and activities throughout the year. Our annual Culture Night celebration, as well as the Spring Into Storytime and Summer Stars initiatives were as popular as ever, and we were thrilled early in the year to launch our collaborative ‘Read Your Mind’ bibliotherapy project with Youth Mental Health Service, Jigsaw.

The Christmas Eve show was ended with a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, and the following week, on New Year’s Eve, Aoife, Ciara, and Meadhbh looked forward to 2019 and all of our exciting plans… watch this space!!

The Blanchardstown Library Radio Show is broadcast every Monday afternoon, at 1.40pm, on 92.5 Phoenix FM.