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Firing imaginations and teaching skills through books

Hugs and kissesBallymun Library received our largest attendances to date last week as the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs were packed to capacity!  Despite the sizeable gatherings, both sessions listened attentively to the book choices and joined in enthusiastically with the songs. It’s fantastic to see a love of books and reading develop amongst the groups.  It’s also becoming clear what a brilliant social opportunity the clubs are for adults and children alike.  Many of the toddlers, in particular, are good buddies and play with each other following the book readings.

At the Baby Book Club we returned to the idea of books promoting loving relationships between adults and children.  We read a beautiful book written by Judi Abbot entitled ‘Hugs and Kisses’.  This is a very cute story which is written in very simple language about different animals sharing hugs and kisses with each other.  We also sang ‘You Are Special’ to the tune of ‘Good Night Ladies’ to accompany the book.

Messines Peace Park: Its contribution to Irish-British reconciliation

speakers & organisersDublin City Library and Archive and The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association presented a seminar titled 'Messines Peace Park: Its contribution to Irish-British reconciliation' on Friday 19 May at The Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street. Many thanks to all speakers, Bertie Ahern, Barabara Walshe, Dr Chris McGimpsey, Dr Alasdair McDonnell and Tom Burke and to the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr, who formally opened the seminar.

About The Messines Peace Park

Messines Peace ParkThe Island of Ireland Peace Park, more usually known as the Messines Peace Park, is a memorial to the soldiers on the island of Ireland who died, were wounded or went missing during World War I. It is located close to site of the June 1917 battle for The Wijtschate -Messines Ridge. The project was initiated by A Journey of Reconciliation Trust, a broadbased cross-border Irish organization which hopes to bring together people of diverse beliefs. The Trust comprised representatives of the main churches in Ireland, with professional and political representatives together with community leaders from both parts of Ireland under the leadership of Paddy Harte and Glenn Barr.

The Children's Book of 2017 is...Goodnight Everyone

Goodnight EveryoneGoodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton was announced as the winning title of the 27th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (23 May) at a ceremony held in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Congratulations to Chris who also won the Honour Award for illustration for Goodnight Everyone. This is a fabulous bedtime read for little ones - just be careful if you are a tired parent reading it you may find yourself getting very sleepy too! zzzzzz

The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

First steps towards reading!

That's not my hedgehogWe had a full house again for the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs last week. It’s wonderful to see how the clubs are steadily growing in popularity.  One of the babies stole the show by taking her first few steps at the first session!  A very special moment and one we were all thrilled to share with her surprised Mum!!  No doubt she’ll be flying around the Library by the next session!!!

We returned to the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile books last Tuesday with ‘That’s Not My Hedgehog’. This series is aimed at very young children.  The books are designed to develop sensory and language awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The books are ideal to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘A Hedgehog is Very Prickly’ to the tune of ‘One Finger, One Thumb keep moving’ to complement the story.

June Public Holiday Arrangements

Summer readingDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th June 2017 (inclusive). Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 6th June.

Online Renewals

You may renew items on loan if they are not required by another library member. Your item record will indicate the current return date, the renewal date, and any fines outstanding on the item on display.

Vote for the Home Energy Kit!

Home energy saving kitCodema and Dublin City Public Libraries have just been been nominated for the Citizens’ Award in the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Awards, for the Home Energy Saving Kit, and the winner will be chosen by public vote.

It's one of only 12 projects nominated, and the only Irish project, so please take a moment to vote for the kit, and to share this with your friends and colleagues via email and/or social media.

Please vote here: http://eusew.eu/awards-public-vote

We’re going paperless!

paperlessBut don’t worry, we’re not getting rid of the books!

From 6th June 2017 we will no longer be sending out printed overdue notices by post and will only send out overdue notices by email or text message.

Get your notices by email

It’s easy to sign up to receive notices by email and in addition to getting overdue notices by email you will:

  • Get a courtesy reminder that your books are due back three days before they are due – no more fines for overdue books!
  • Get another reminder the day your books are due back - no more fines for overdue books!!
  • Get a message by email as soon as an item you requested is ready for collection – pickup that book you’ve been waiting for and get reading!
  • Get a courtesy reminder when your library membership is up for renewal, for uninterrupted library service!

Rose Mary Savage, Voluntary Aid Detachment, RDFA /107 Collection at DCLA

Rose Mary Savage12th May is Nurses Day when around the world people are celebrating nursing, on what was Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  The Royal College of Nurses theme this year is #nursesheroes and one nurse which most definitely is deserving of this title is Rose Mary Savage (1893-1983), whose personal papers was donated to Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive at Dublin City Library and Archives, and have recently been catalogued.

Mansion House Visit

Mansion HouseOn the evening of the 10th April 2017 Dr. Mary Clark (Archivist) Dublin City Libraries and Archives organised a group tour of the Mansion House at the request of her colleague Veronica Coffey, who has a partial impairment. Veronica co-ordinated the group of Visually Impaired people and her sighted friends from “The National League of the Blind Trust” to visit this historic building.

There were sixteen in the group. We were given a warm welcome and everyone felt very much at ease with an unexpected cup of tea/coffee arranged for us. We were greeted by Dr. Mary Clark, Alastair Smeaton (former colleague) was our chief photographer. We received a personal introduction to the Lord Mayor Brendan Carr. The Lord Mayor specifically gave up his time to have his photo taken with the group.  Some totally blind people got to inspect his medal and chain of office.

Discover the magic of reading!

Time for a bathLast week, the Baby Book Club read a story that’s designed to help parents with practical life experiences, namely bath time.  ‘Time for a Bath’ is written by Phyllis Gershator and David Walker.  It contains a very simple story about a mother and a baby bunny and the messy activities they share that lead up to baby bunny’s bath time routine.  It’s a beautifully illustrated book that would also be perfect as a bedtime read!  We sang ‘Three Little Ducks Went Out One Day’.  This is a nice action song to sing with your baby in the bath.