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It’s St.Patrick’s Day on Saturday!

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with saints Brigit of Kildare and Columba.

To celebrate we’ve had a trawl through our stock and found some gems for your perusal, whether it’s traditional Irish cooking, a good movie, travelling to the golden isle or indulging in its literature, there’s a whole host of resources to indulge in! (just click on the links to access our catalogue)

Cookery

Real Irish Food: 150 classic recipes from the old country [E-book] by David BOWERS
Published by Skyhorse Pub. (2012)

Traditional Irish Cooking; the fare of Old Ireland and its history [E-book] by G. GRAVETTE and Debbie COOK
Published by Garnet Pub. (2008)

Travel

Ireland 9th ed. [Book] by David DAVENPORTCatherine LE NEVEZEtain O’CARROLL ET AL
Published by Lonely Planet (2010)

Dublin 9th ed. [Book] by Fionn DAVENPORT
Published by Lonely Planet (2013)

Literature

The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature [Book] by Robert WELCH (ed) and Bruce STEWART (ed)
Published by Clarendon Press (1996)

 

The Complete Dramatic Works [Book] by Samuel BECKETT
Published by Faber & Faber (1990)

 

The Yeats Reader: a portable compendium of poetry, drama and prose rev ed. [Book] by William Butler YEATS and Richard FINNERAN (ed)
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2002)

 

 

DVD

My Left Foot (1989) Directed by Jim SHERIDAN
A biographical drama film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally and Fiona Shaw. It tells the story of Christy Brown (Day-Lewis), an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. Brown grew up in a poor working-class family, and became a writer and artist.

 

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) Directed by Ken LOACH
Starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, William Ruane, Padraic Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald. Set in Cork, Ireland in 1920, Damien abandons a career as a doctor after seeing a friend of his murdered by a British soldier and joins his brother Teddy in an Irish Republican Army unit in order to defeat the occupying British force. After a violent struggle, the two sides agree a treaty to end the conflict. However, civil war erupts and families and friendships are stretched to the limit and Damien and Teddy find themselves on opposing sides as Damien views the treaty as a sell-out that fails to bring all of Ireland under Irish control.

Streamed Video

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar WILDE
BBC 2 (2001)
Comedy. Set in 1890s England, a comedy of mistaken identity ensues when two gentlemen friends (Rupert Everett and Colin Firth) use the same alias for their own ends.

Find much much more Irish-related content more here!

New Books Available

We have some new books available for you to borrow. Library books can be borrowed for either three weeks or one week. You can renew your loans up to three times.

 

Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance by Michael E. Porter

Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson

Nadiya’s Kitchen by Nadiya Hussain

Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management For The E-Business 5th edition by Paul Bocij, Andrew Greasley and Simon Hickie

Critical Psychiatry: The Politics Of Mental Health Edited by David Ingleby

The People’s War: Britain 1939-1945 by Angus Calder

Business Relationship Manager: Careers In IT Service Management by Ernest Brewster

The Five Giants: A Biography Of The Welfare State (revised and updated version)by Nicholas Timmins

 

 

 

LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY – Wednesday 24th January!

LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY

The Wednesday in January offers a unique opportunity for book lovers on Library Shelfie Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly.  Others have a system of organisation that results in an alternative art form.  However our books are organised on the shelf using the Dewey system, on Library Shelfie Day, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Whether you have just a small library with a few select favourites or are a true bibliophile, on Library Shelfie Day, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture.  Use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.

Christmas Goodies – Arts/Crafts, Cooking & Movies!

The season of goodwill is almost upon us so to help you prepare for the big day we’ve delved deep into our catalogue to see what festive goodies (or ‘resources’ to use the correct Library term!) we have to help you make the most of the Christmas holidays!

Arts/Crafts

Christmas Crafts: 150 Decorations, Gifts, Cards and Treats to make for a Perfect Christmas
by Alan Gear and Barry Freestone
Contains everything you need to know to create a range of wonderful items as gifts, and to decorate the tree, table and home to welcome your guests

 

The Merry Christmas Activity Book
by Jane Bull
Whether you want to know how to make your own special Christmas cards or make fun gifts for your family and pets, this book will show you how to turn your home into a winter wonderland!

 

The Little Book of Christmas: Ideas for Cooking, Activities, Gifts, Games, Cards and Calendars for the Early Years Foundation Stage at Christmas
by Sally Featherstone
Cooking, craft, stories, role play gifts, decorations and more in this book specifically written to give you more ideas for a very busy time of the year!

 

Cross Stitch Country Christmas
by Brenda KEYES
Re-create the atmosphere of a traditional country Christmas with more than 50 charming cross-stitch projects.

 

Quick & Clever Christmas Cards: 100 Fast & Festive Cards & Tags
by Elizabeth MOAD
Sixty incredible card designs and twenty stunning tag projects make up this collection of easy-to-create Christmas greetings.

 

 

Cookery

Mrs Beeton’s Traditional Christmas: Recipes, Gifts, Customs and Games From a Bygone Era by Bridget JONES
Suggests holiday menus, shares traditional recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and desserts, and includes ideas for decorations and gifts

The Christmas Cookbook: Recipes to Celebrate the Festive Season by Sue MAGGS
This beautifully illustrated volume features festive recipes including all the popular Christmas classics and for those who desire inspiration to ring the changes.

 

DVD Movies!

The Polar Express (2004)
The academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for ‘The Polar Express’, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, longs to escape the routine of Halloweentown. Through a door in a tree, he stumbles upon Christmastown where he engineers the kidnapping of Santa Claus.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

 

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1951)
A Christmas Carol (1984)
A Christmas Carol (1999)
Three interpretations of Charles Dickens’ classic starring Alastair Sim (1951), George C.Scott (1984) and Patrick Stewart (1999) as Ebenezer Scrooge who contentedly meanders through his life as a cruel miser until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghosts. Will Scrooge see the error of his ways and learn the true meaning of Christmas?

 

The Santa Clause (2002)
Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a cynical toy company executive who is forced to take over the job of Santa Claus when he and his son Charlie witness the previous incumbent falling off a roof.

 

Arthur Christmas (2012)
How CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole!

 

Nuneaton Library Christmas Gift Tree – Grab yourself a recycled bauble in aid of Glebe House!

The Christmas Gift Tree is now officially up at Nuneaton Campus!

For those of you that missed this last year and are curious to know what it is all about; The Christmas Gift Tree is decorated entirely with paper baubles made from old recycled books; each bauble has a grocery item printed on it and participants are asked to take a bauble of their choice for their own tree and in exchange place the appropriate grocery item in the hamper under the tree.

The hamper is then sent to Glebe House, which is based on the Nuneaton Campus site.

Glebe House is a unique facility that offers students a range of services that include support for young carers and parents, confidential appointments with a range of external specialist agencies, washing and laundry facilities plus much more.

You can find out more about Glebe House at: www.nwhc.ac.uk/article/view/pastoral

Don’t Forget Our DVDs and Blu-Rays!

Don’t forget that the Library stocks some of the latest Hollywood and British movies , all available for a week’s loan!

Arrival
Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Julie Scarlett, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

 

 

Deepwater Horizon
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, John Malkovich
Directed by Peter Berg
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos.

 

 

Hell or High Water
Starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey
Directed by David McKenzie
Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.

 

I, Daniel Blake
Starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Kate Rutter, Kema Sikazwe
Directed by Nuneaton’s very own Ken Loach!
Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor’s diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake’s benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who’s struggling to take care of her two children.

 

Moonlight
Starring Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Naomie Harris, Alex R.Hibbert
Directed by Barry Jenkins
A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.

 

 

 

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker
Directed by Nuneaton’s very own Gareth Edwards!
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.

 

Wonder Woman
Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Ewen Bremner
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.