Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day Fun and Festivities
— 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:
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.
Plus, for the computer artists, check out the lesson, “Building a classic, interwoven Celtic knot” using Adobe Illustrator CC.
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!
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 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.
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 Day. So, 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!