'Small Talk' at our Baby & Toddler Book Clubs

Small talk: BedtimeAfter taking a break over the Christmas period, Ballymun Library book clubs were back with a bang last Tuesday! It was fantastic to see such a great attendance at both clubs with regulars returning and some new members showing up.

Caretaker’s Lodge at Gulistan, Rathmines, Dublin

GulistanJanuary's Manuscript of the Month is the Caretaker’s Lodge at Gulistan, Rathmines, Dublin

Between 1847 and 1930, the Rathmines and Rathgar Township was an entity separate from Dublin City and held the same powers and functions as all local government in Ireland.  As early as 1888, the Township Commissioners obtained Counsel’s Opinion confirming that they had the right to build ‘Artisan Dwellings’ and in 1891 they purchased the lands of Gulistan for this purpose.   This curious name may have been inspired by the epic poem The Gulistan, written by the 13th century Persian poet, Sadi, which was published in an English-language translation in 1787.

Your Library Card is Your Key!

Library cardThink your library card is only for borrowing books, CDs and DVDs? Think again! Having a library card is like having a key to a treasure trove of knowledge that might otherwise prove hard to unlock and access. Courtesy of your library membership and our subscribing to a myriad of online resources, you have available at your finger tips such resources as the Dictionary of Irish Biography, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Irish Newspaper Archives, History Ireland magazine (via JSTOR), the Journal of Public Mental Health (via Emerald Insight) and the International Journal of Biochemistry (via Science Direct), to name just a few.

News from Nelson: First Cat

SmokeyDear Friends and Fellow-Sailors!

When I was an Admiral in the Navy I was famous for my attention to detail.  Before we embarked on a campaign, I reviewed the manifest for each of the ships, to make sure that nothing had been overlooked. And sometimes there was: the appointment of a Ship’s Cat – many of my captains did not realise how important this was.  So I would send out a message to the local cat community saying: Ship’s Cat needed – adventurous lifestyle guaranteed – lots of delicious vitels – Champion Mousers only need apply – Pussycats not required.  This produced lots of applicants, enough to provision every ship in the fleet.

Sebastian Barry wins Costa Novel Award for the second time

Days Without EndWe're delighted to hear that Sebastian Barry's novel Days Without End has won the Costa Novel Award 2016. It's Barry's second time to win the award, his novel The Secret Scripture was awarded both the Costa Novel Award and the overall Costa Book of the Year 2008. A Long, Long Way (2005) was the book choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2007.

Two other winners have Irish connections: Scottish writer Brian Conaghan now lives in Dublin and the subject of Keggie Carew's winning biography, Dadland is her Irish father Tom Carew.

The overall Costa Book of the Year, chosen from the category winners will be announced on 31 January.

2016 category winners with links to the library catalogue:


2016, the Centenary Year - A Look Back

BannerWhat a memorable year it has been! It being the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Dublin City Council has been proud to support and enable the Ireland 2016 state programme of formal commemorative events that took place in Dublin during this past year. The "Dublin Remembers 1916-2016: Is Cuimhin Linn programme" programme presented a series of lectures, talks by expert historians, exhibitions and conferences in Dublin libraries, City Hall, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and other venues in the city throughout the year.

Happy Christmas from our Baby & Toddler Book Clubs

Fancy Dress ChristmasBallymun Library Baby and Toddler Book Clubs had a lovely session last week.  Everyone dressed up in festive garb as we read stories and sang songs.  Each of the children received a special goody bag including a book and sweets.

The Toddler Book Club's Christmas book choice was Fancy Dress Christmas by Nick Sharratt.  This is a great story with plenty of lift-the-flap features and peek-a-boo fun.  The toddlers loved it and had a great time trying to guess which animal character was hidden behind the flaps.

Festive fun for babies & toddlers

I love you Father ChristmasDespite the fact that Christmas is almost upon us, Ballymun Library had a great turnout to last Tuesday’s sessions.  At the Baby Book Club we read That’s Not my Lion from the publisher Usborne’s ‘That’s Not My...’ series of books.  We will also learned a new song titled ‘I’m a Lion’ which was sung to the tune ‘Three Blind Mice’.

Next week, we will read I Love You Father Christmas by Emma Dodd.  This is a lovely story all about Santa Claus and is guaranteed to put families in the Christmas spirit.


It's Roary-time at Ballymun Library

Counting by Julia DonaldsonLast Tuesday, 6 December, Ballymun Baby Book Club had lots of fun with numbers and counting using the book Counting from the book series Tales from Acorn Wood by author, Julia Donaldson and illustrator, Axel Scheffler.  Maria taught the group a new rhyme entitled ‘I Can Count’ to complement the story. 

There are lots of ways to incorporate counting in children’s routines such as:

(a) Counting food (cheerios, grapes)
(b) Climbing stairs
(c) When your child is swinging in the park
(d) How many books you borrow from the Library!

The 12 Elves of Christmas at Cabra Library!

elfAs Christmas approaches, Santa is sending an elf to Cabra Library. Our library elf will hide in the library during the day, and at night return to the north pole to report back to Santa on children's behaviour. Now our library elf is quite mischievous and won't be hiding in the same place each day, just so you know! Sunday is a rest day, don't forget.

As a little challenge, and a lot of fun, we would like children to try and find our library elf in their different hiding place on each of the 12 days of Christmas! Starting this Saturday (10th Dec). But to find our elf you will need to use the clue we will post each day. Otherwise you never will and won't be in with a chance to win our daily prize!