Opportunity to manage new digital skills project

CoderDojoDublin City Public Libraries are seeking applications for the role of Project Coordinator for a digital skills project, which is a joint initiative between Dublin City Public Libraries and the CoderDojo Foundation.  The project will offer children and young people the opportunity to learn basic computer programming for free by attending a CoderDojo in a DCPL library. 

The project coordinator will publicise and manage the CoderDojos and related activities and contribute to developing a Tool Kit detailing best practice for setting up a CoderDojo in a library. The successful candidate will be based in Charleville Mall library. The deadline for applications is no later than 5pm on Friday, 10 March 2017.

How do you feel libraries should change and improve?

Ballyfermot LibraryThe government, working with librarians across all local authorities, is preparing a plan for the development of a new public libraries strategy. This is the fourth such plan. In preparing the strategy we want to hear from people and communities to see find out you feel libraries should change and improve.

We are keen to hear what you think, whether you use a public library or not, and would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to complete this short Public Libraries Survey.

Our Digital Repository Now Available Online

ImagesTraffic jams during the 1974 CIE Bus Strikes,  Croagh Patrick Pilgrimages (1958), and jubilant Heffo’s army supporters are among 43,000 historic photographs and documents  which are being made freely available online by Dublin City Council today.  These formerly unseen images date as early as 1757 and include photographs, postcards, letters, maps and historical memorabilia.

Highlights of the collection, which can be found at, include the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection with images of people, places and tourist locations all across Ireland from the 1930s, the Irish Theatre Archive Photographic Collection, and Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. Much of the material provides photographic evidence of Dublin's ever-changing streetscapes and buildings, as well as significant social, cultural, sporting, and political events in the City. Events as diverse as the Eucharistic Congress (1932), bonny baby competitions in the North Inner City, and the Dublin Football Team of the 1970s all feature, along with sombre Dublin streets in the aftermath of tragedies such as the 1941 North Strand and the 1974 Bombings.

The 20th John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture

Rocque King St(Podcast) 'Gentlemen’s Daughters in Dublin Cloisters: The social world of nuns in early 18th century Dublin', the 20th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture, was given by Dr Bernadette Cunningham, Royal Irish Academy at the Dublin City Library and Archive on Wednesday, 25 January 2017.

The lecture looks at the social world of the communities of Poor Clare and Dominican nuns who established themselves in the Oxmantown/Grangegorman area of Dublin in the early eighteenth century.

Jonathan Swift’s garden

Bust of Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift purchased his garden in 1722 and named it ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’; the name taken from the Bible (1 Kings 21). This garden was situated south of the Deanery of St Patrick’s and originally consisted of a large open field on the south side of Long Lane. In the summer of 1724 Swift spent £600 enclosing the field with a wall to protect his horses; a considerable sum which he afterwards claimed ‘will ruin both my health and fortune, as well as humor.’

Image: Bust of Jonathan Swift

Early Numeracy Week

NumeracyDid you know that we are taking part in the Early Learning Initiative's Early Numeracy Week? The Central Library (ILAC Centre), Charleville Mall, Ringsend and Pearse Street Library have numeracy corners set up that are full of books and activities, so that you and your child can read and play together. Why not join in with these activities from 13 February to 10 March 2017. These libraries will also have counting and number books on display until 10 March and your librarian will be able to recommend books too.

Got Talent - Young Illustrator’s Exhibition

Life of PiDuring January, children between the ages of eight and twelve were invited to send in illustrations for their favourite book to Rathmines Library.

There were many wonderful drawings and paintings submitted, and staff had a hard time making a choice, but in the end the winner was Alice Lenehan  with “The Sky of Pi” (we loved the title), an illustration for the book The Life of Pi. Special mention must also be made of Coco O’Driscoll’s illustration of Michael Morpurgo’s book, Sparrow. And given the wide age range involved, we thought it only fair to give an extra prize in the under ten category. The winner here was Max Egan for his illustration from The Salmon of Knowledge legend, called The Catch.

Guess how much I love you!

 That's not my fox...The chosen book read by the Ballymun Library Baby Book Club last Tuesday was 'That's Not My Fox'. We had already covered ‘That’s Not My Lion’ and ‘That’s Not my Elephant’ from the publisher Usborne’s ‘That’s Not My...’ series of books. Each page of these books contains bright pictures and patches with various textures.  The series aims at developing sensory and language awareness among young children and the books are great to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘I’m a Foxy, Foxy Fox’ to the tune of ‘London Bridge’ to complement the story.

Jonathan Swift’s library

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift was one of the most renowned authors of his day, well known in literary circles in Great Britain and Ireland, and an encourager of fledgling writers. Throughout his life he loved and collected books, he subscribed to books by other authors and purchased the books of his contemporaries. Students of Swift have shown how his reading profoundly influenced his own writing.

Swift’s library was sold after his death, on 3 February 1746, by his friend and publisher, George Faulkner in Essex Street, and the catalogue gives us an insight into the books he owned. His extensive correspondence, published in multi volume editions, shows the extent of his acquaintance and his literary discussions. At the time of his death his library contained 657 lots, a large library for an individual at the time. However, it is known that Swift also read books borrowed from friends, and read in the libraries of Trinity College and Archbishop Marsh.

News from Nelson: Joshua Dawson

Joshua Dawson portraitDear Friends and Fellow-Sailors!

From my vantage point on top of my Pillar I had a great view of Dublin and often wondered what was going on behind the hall door.  One of my favourite buildings was the Mansion House, the residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor.  This was built between 1705-10 outside the city in lovely country parkland by Joshua Dawson, a civil servant who was also a property developer (nothing new under the sun, then!). 

Portrait of Joshua Dawson

Joshua also laid out a new street, calling it Dawson Street after himself (there’s also a Joshua Lane) and built a church for a new Church of Ireland parish, to be called ‘St. Ann’s’ after his lady wife, Ann Carr.