'Ours is not to reap the harvest, Ours is just to sow the seed'
Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey



Summer Reading Lists 2021

These are some book suggestions from your school librarian to enjoy during the summer holidays:

Incoming 1st years

1st years

2nd years

3rd years


5th years

Library catalogue

This can be searched in school when on the student Wi-Fi network. Click the piles of books here:Books.jpg

E-books and audiobooks

Public Libraries:

Join your public library online to avail of free e-books and audiobooks: Join your public library

Download the BorrowBox app to borrow free e-books and audiobooks from your public library:



Here is a link to free access to e-books through TeenBookCloud
There is no login required.
There are e-books and audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction, classic literature, videos and educator resources aimed at the 11-18 age group.
It also states whether a book is on Accelerated Reader or not and has a book quiz, which is very useful. If you go to the 'Index' on the menu, you can see a list of all of the titles, and if they have a quiz it tells you the book level.
Click on link: TeenBookCloud

Open Culture:

Free e-books and audiobooks, including many classics:

Open Culture

World Book E-Books:

There are about 700 proprietary World Book titles for ages 4-18 and over 2,500 Project Gutenberg titles:

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Project Gutenburg:

Project Gutenburg is a library of over 60,000 free e-books. The books are mostly older literary works published before 1924:



AudiobookSYNC is a free summer audiobook programme that allows teens aged 13+ to download 2 paired audiobooks per week! SYNC returns spring 2021.

Click HERE

Accelerated Reader

For 1st and 2nd year students.

Do an Accelerated Reader book quiz, click here: Accelerated Reader

To search for a book to see if there is a quiz on it and what level a book is, use the AR Bookfinder. To search for books within your book level range click on Advanced Search and search ZPD range/ATOS Book Level:


Students' individual book levels and detailed instructions on how to do a book quiz have been emailed to all 1st and 2nd year students.

If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader, please contact the librarian at library@mountsackville.ie

Recommended books

Some very good reading lists here from Children's Books Ireland, many for secondary school aged students, under different categories:


Recommended reading from the Empathy Lab:

Secondary School Read for Empathy Guide 2021

Great Reads Award 2020

A debut YA fiction award, judged by readers, shortlisted by school librarians

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for 2020! Congratulations to the shortlisted authors.

The deadline for voting has been extended to the 8th February 2021 due to the school closures.



Learning and research resources

School closure resources:

Resource page for school closures for students, teachers and parents from the School Library Association:

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World Book Encyclopedia Online:

World Book is a trusted encyclopedia containing thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities. It is provided to students in Ireland for free through Scoilnet:

World Book Online

Britannica Launch Packs:

Through Scoilnet, Britannica has made it's Science and Humanities Launch Packs available for free during the school closures:


JSTOR, The Ireland Collection:

This collection of journals and other materials is available to schools in Ireland through the Schools Broadband Network. It's accessible when you are in school on the student network, not at home:

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Dictionary of Irish Biography:

From Scoilnet: "Provided by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press, the Dictionary is the definitive record of Irish biographies. It was previously available only through schools but access has now been extended to home usage. This is an invaluable resource to anyone studying Senior Cycle History":


Scoilnet Maps:


Black Lives Matter

Exact Editions has partnered with a number of publishers to assemble an extensive list of articles from archived digital issues in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, spanning a wide range of topics from literature and music to politics and activism. All of these articles have been made freely available:


The Irish Times (in school):


Irish Newspaper Archives, now accessible from home:


Join your public library online and read a wide variety of online newspapers:



Language Magazines:

Codes to access digital magazines in French, German and Spanish during the school closure have been emailed to all students. Register by following the steps in the following link first:


Public libraries:

Join your public library online and read a wide variety of online magazines:



Information/research/inquiry skills

Inquiry-based learning:

The FOSIL method of inquiry: learning by finding out for yourself. Click on each stage of the cycle for useful resources:


Information Skills:

Some good information skills advice sheets here from the TeenTech Group:

TeenTech Awards Research Pack


BBC Bitesize article click here

Evaluating online information:

Media Literacy and Fake News

Be Media Smart: https://www.bemediasmart.ie/

Media Literacy Ireland: https://www.medialiteracyireland.ie/

BBC Fake News: https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-52474347

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1st Year Sports Camp - Half Day
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