Tuesday the 9th of April, 2019 saw the opening of Kilkenny College’s new Library. A happy crowd of students, friends and supporters of the project attended the opening. The Library project was a culmination of a huge amount of work and fundraising by students and staff, over the past school year. 

The shelves in the Library were obtained from Stone House Books on Kieran Street, Kilkenny and additional shelving was made. Then it all started; getting books that we knew students in our class, our year, the entire student body would enjoy. We went out on Wednesdays, week after week, book hunting; looking for books of every genre, telling many different and unique stories. Whether fact or fictional, comical or a novel, serious and full of interesting facts or humorous and light hearted, we wanted a book that would suit everyone in our school library. We also did a great amount of recycling. Parents and past students donated books to our cause. 

Our Library was then officially opened by our Principal, Mr. Simon Thompson who informed our guests of the work that had been happening behind the scenes. The collecting of books, the sorting out of those books and labeling all the books in the library. He also mentioned the people who kept the dream of our school library alive, Mr. Paul Cuddihy and Mrs. Sandra Arnopp. The Library was then blessed by Dean Daniel MacDonnell, there were also many true and touching speeches given by students representing our Library Committee. 

As a student who has been with and seen the project for quite a while the dream of our Library has finally come to life. There are currently 4000 books in our library and counting. At the moment 170 books have been borrowed to date, but our school library can only grow. 

People have always asked ‘when did talks of re-opening the school library begin? now it’s no longer ‘when it all started; it’s how it will continue’ 

Written by Melissa Okoye, 3rd Year.