Dia duit ar maidin! That’s “Good morning!” in Irish. In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, we are sharing all things Irish from our collection!
Library staff will march and toss out candy in the 23rd annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 16, 2019. Give us a cheer as we pass by, and then swing by Main Library or ImaginOn: the Joe and Joan Martin Center. We're open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Host your own St. Patrick’s Day party or Ireland “staycation” with these resources available with your library card:
- Dance an Irish jig to traditional music from Hoopla.
- Learn Irish phrases or choose from more than 40 languages with Mango Languages.
- Download the latest Ireland travel guides (and save room in your suitcase if you’re planning a trip).
- Find out if castle living is for you with Minding Our Manors.
- Visit a pub without the hangover when you watch A Proper Pint.
- Cook recipes from The Irish Pub Cookbook or An Irish Country Cookbook.
Ireland is more than just St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also birthplace to renowned authors like James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, and Oscar Wilde. If a good fiction book is more your style, try these other authors with Irish roots:
- Emma Donoghue’s Room was the basis for the Academy Award-winning DVD; check out her other works.
- Crime and suspense fans will enjoy Steve Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series, or Jo Spain’s Inspector Tom Reynolds series.
- Barry’s work includes Man Booker Prize winner Days Without End.
- American authors Anne McCaffrey and Tana French were both born in the United States but resided in Ireland.
Young Adult and Children
- Michael Scott’s The Alchemist is a fresh take on mythology.
- Artemis Fowl does not hit movie theaters until August. Until then, read the book and catch up on Eoin Colfer's other novels.
- Fairies, Irish folk music, and fantasy collide in Kate Thompson’s trilogy.
You can also search for Irish authors and more using our resource NoveList Plus.
Teens will want to celebrate with the Teen Geek Club at our Mint Hill Library Monday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m.; we’ll celebrate all things Irish!
Parents and caregivers will want to bookmark this list of storytime suggestions for toddlers and preschoolers.