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History Document of the Month: Rally round the banner boys!

Banner Boys FlyerGerald Crofts (1888–1934) was one of a small group of musicians and lyricists who made a huge contribution to the Irish independence movement in the early 20th century. He came from Capel Street originally, where his family had a shop and he was a popular singer. His brother Joseph was a composer who arranged the words and music for this marching song, which was dedicated to Crofts.

National Shell Factory

Shell FactoryThe National Shell Factory in Parkgate Street  was set up during the First World War following lobbying by various business and engineering interests, who came together in 1915 to form the Dublin Armaments Committee. The site of the factory was chosen by Captain Fairbairn Dowie, who had been seconded from the London Scottish Regiment to take charge of the operation. The factory had been a woolen mill prior to the war.

Statue of King William III

Dublin supported James II at the Battle of the Boyne, but following his defeat by William III, a protestant ascendancy resumed control of the city and began to forge links with the new and successful monarchy.  This process intensified after the death of Mary II in 1695 left William III as sole monarch. Dublin Corporation added William’s arms to the City Sword  in 1697 and in the following year, the king presented a chain of office to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, carrying the monarch’s bust on a medallion, which is in use to this day.

New Fiction For February

Magic of FictionNew books at Dublin City Public Libraries this month. February is the Monday night of the year, a confusing, dark and dull month. We're breaking through it all with a fantastic selection of new fiction reads for you this February!

Freegal Free Music Streaming

Freegal and Libraries LogoOur featured online resource this week is Freegal ,a free music service which offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos.

Internet Access Unavailable

Computer(Update 09:45; 4th February)
We regret to say that public Internet access at a number of our branch libraries is still unavailable while we address some network-related issues. We are endeavouring to to have the matter rectified as soon as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The following libraries are affected -

Tumble Book

Tumble Book LogoThis week, we are going to take a look at TumbleBooks, an online resource especially designed for the little ones in your life. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach children the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, and then adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. This resource also includes National Geographic videos and games.

Staff Picks Raheny

Staff PicksStaff in Raheny Library give their take on the books that have stood out to them the most in recent times.
 
Grab your library card and click on the link to reserve your copy. Happy reading!!

City Wide Reading 2019

Cover of BumpFizzleThis spring children in Dublin are urged to keep their eyes peeled for mysterious aliens at their local library as Bumpfizzle – the Best on Planet Earth by Patricia Forde, has been chosen for the 2019 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

Removal of Fines

Fines Free ZoneFrom the 1st of January, library members will not have to pay fines for overdue items and no existing fines will be collected.

There will be no overdue fines charged on any materials taken out from the library by library members from the 1st of January 2019.  All charges on members' accounts as of the 1st of January 2019 will also be removed.

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