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Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day Fun and Festivities

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— Using Online Resources

Looking for some fun and creative ways to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day? The library has some great resources for you to try out! We all enjoy wearing green, and many even enjoy eating and drinking green foods drinks on this day. But there’s lots of other ways to enjoy this national holiday of Ireland. 

If you are hungry – and perhaps not looking to eat or drink something dyed green – check out AtoZ The World. Here you can find information about any country in the world. When you go to Ireland, there are recipes – with pictures – of some traditional Irish foods to enjoy, such as Irish Stew, Coddle, Ploughman’s Lunch, Champ, Colcannon, and Barmbrack – plus this one: 

AtoZ The World Ireland Recipes screenshot of Boxty

For those interested in the Irish language, there are two online resources with full courses in teaching you to speak and write the Irish language:  

Mango Languages includes a St. Patrick’s Day specialty unit within its course. While Transparent Language Online, under Resources, offers both an Irish Blog filled with articles and an Irish Word of the Day. 

For the musicians out there, offers an intermediate-level lesson for Acoustic Guitar: Modern Celtic Rhythm Guitar.  

Lynda Modern Celtic Rhythm Guitar lesson screenshot

Plus, for the computer artists, check out the lesson, “Building a classic, interwoven Celtic knot using Adobe Illustrator CC. 

Lynda Building a classic interwoven Celtic knot in Adobe Illustrator CC lesson screenshot

And for all of us who just enjoy listening to Irish music, check out Hoopla. Just type “Celtic” in the search box, and you will find over 1000 titles, mostly music, but also ebooks, audiobooks and movies! 

Hoopla Celtic search screenshot 

Searching for “Irish” finds even more titles, this time most of them being ebooks, but also including music, audiobooks, movies, comics, and television shows! 

Hoopla Irish search screenshot

Hoopla has also grouped together a mix of 80 movies, tv shows, music, and ebooks into an Irish Heritage Collection. And, let’s not forget the name of the holiday also works as a keyword search; “St. Patrick” finds over 80 titles. 

A final resource to check out is the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center screenshot

The current “MakerSpace Spotlight” links to multiple Saint Patrick’s Day crafts. Among the 20 results is “Luck of the Irish Party,” by Jenny Melrose, from the Spring 2014 issue of Yum Food & Fun for Kids magazine. Another collection of 15 craft and food articles is found by browsing the Kids Crafts, choose Holidays, and then select St. Patrick’s DaySo, along with making cards and other crafts, you could try some fun foods that the whole family can enjoy, such as: Shamrock Shake, Leprechaun Sandwiches, Shamrock Salad, and end with Shamrock Pinwheels for dessert.  But, if you want a huge selection of ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the best choice is to just type “St. Patrick” in the search box, and you will find over 4,000 craft, food, hobby and more articles! 

So I hope within these online resources you find lots to help you plan for a full day of fun activities to do while celebrating Ireland and all things Irish next week on March 17th!

Sara Churchill

Sara Churchill is the Digital Services Specialist and Assistant Supervisor in the Information Services Department at Main Library. A major fan of technology devices and computer research resources at work, she enjoys helping everyone learn to use their devices and the library's many online resources.  She loves reading Science Fiction/Fantasy books, British cozy mysteries, True Crime and other true stories, plus a past reader of horror fiction by the likes of Stephen King and John Saul (among others).  Also, she’s a big fan of Sci-fi, action, horror, spaghetti westerns, and based-on-a-true story movies.  Her blogs are for adults and the entire family to enjoy reading and trying out the many online resources free for PLYMC library cardholders to use.