Libraries Ireland (supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development) operate public libraries which offer a wide range of services free of charge.
There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure benefits both your physical and mental health, including helping to reduce stress, slow cognitive decline, improve sleep, enhance social skills and improve concentration.
While libraries are closed, you can apply to join and use their online services including e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Magazines, online courses, and online newspapers by filling out the online form (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser outside Citrix).
Irish libraries have launched a new online learning resource for primary school children – the Wildlife of Ireland Map. The interactive map is a fun way to learn all about the birds, mammals and fish native to Ireland. Children can explore the island of Ireland at home on the phone, tablet or computer, learn about which species are native to which areas, and test their knowledge with quizzes as they complete activities.
With everyone staying home during the current restrictions, and home-schooling ongoing, the Wildlife of Ireland Map offers another free resource for parents to engage children in learning and is accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a device. There are two educational levels to progress through and children can learn about everything from what dolphins eat to where in the country you can spot an eagle! The map uses visual learning aids and illustrations to educate and aims to foster an interest in young people in local wildlife, conservation, and positive engagement with nature.
The map can be accessed on the Libraries Ireland website at www.nature.librariesireland.ie.
Irish version available at https://www.leighleat.com/nádúr
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To register for a Scoilnet Account you will need to have a Teaching Council number and a roll number for your school in Ireland.
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