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CBI Book Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced!

CBI Book AwardsAs big fans of children's books we are always excited when the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards shortlist is announced. As usual they reflect the quality of Irish writing, illustration and publishing for children.  Many of these are already firm favourites with Dublin City Public Libraries readers - young and old.  Congratulations to the writers and illustrators whose ten books who will now compete for the prestigious awards. These awards include the Children's Choice Award, which is voted for by youth readers from all over the country.

The CBI Book of the Year Awards celebrate excellent literature and illustration for children, and were established in 1990. CBI, which administers the awards, will again be working closely with reading groups from schools, libraries and bookshops across the island of Ireland. These young readers will choose the winner of the Children’s Choice Award. Reading groups nationwide are invited to sign up for the shadowing scheme via

"Doing their bit": Irish women and the First World War

Kate Middleton Curtis"Doing their bit": Irish women and the First World War’ is a new exhibition in Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street. The exhibition centres on the impact that the First World War had on the lives of Irish women and the new opportunities that opened up for them.

Speaking about the exhibition senior archivist Ellen Murphy said  "The role of Irish women in World War 1 is a story that is yet to be fully told. Against the backdrop of the campaign for female suffrage and the struggle for Irish Independence, this exhibition explores how the First World War impacted the lives of Irish women and greatly accelerated the changes which had been slowly taking place in society before the outbreak of war.  By 1918 Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons and many Irish women had experienced new economic or social freedoms through the employment and volunteer opportunities offered by the war."

New Opportunity for Theatre Archivist

ITA/131/04/38aDublin City Council invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Theatre Archivist (1-year contract) to work cataloguing collections which are part of the Irish Theatre Archive (ITA).

Photo: Micheál Mac Liammóir with Jimmy O’Dea, Milo O’Shea watching. Irish Theatre Archive: Jimmy O’Dea Collection: ITA/131/04/38a

Irish author Kit de Waal on Women's Prize Longlist

The Trick to TimeThe 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced on International Women's Day, 8 March. We were delighted to see Kit de Waal's second novel The Trick to Time featured on the 16 strong longlist. Her debut novel, the excellent My Name is Leon proved popular amongst readers and The Trick to Time is definitely one on our must read shelf! Set in Birmingham in the 1970s, a young Irish couple, Mona and William meet, fall in love and marry but tragedy soon forces them apart. Years later Mona pieces together her memories of this time in an effort to come to terms with her grief.

The longlist also features one of last year's most talked about novels, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and the highly (and long) anticipated second novel from Arundhati Roy, author of much-loved God of Small Things.  Six debut novelists sit alongside established names such as Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennfier Egan, who won many fans for her 2010 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. Nicola Barker's H(a)ppy has already been award the Goldsmith's Prize 2017 and will surely be in the running.

News from Nelson: Ropery

RopeMarch is always a difficult month for me, as the eighth is the anniversary of when I was blown off my Pillar.  Believe it or not, I’ve had a major headache ever since! So I prefer to dwell on happier times and now I’m thinking instead of when I was first placed on the Pillar.  It was my first view of Dublin, my new home, and when I swivelled my good eye around, I noted with satisfaction that I was looking over the River Liffey and the gorgeous new Custom House, designed by James Gandon (an incomer like myself) and completed in 1791. 

Although the economic boom of Georgian Dublin had vanished with the 1801 Act of Union, as you can see from the attached illustration, the port was still busy with  ships of all descriptions.  A fine place for an old salt like myself to settle down.<--break->

New opportunity for Musician in Residence

GuitarDublin City Public Libraries invites applications for Musician(s) in Residence from individuals or groups.  The residency is envisaged as part-time, to engage with different age groups to compose, produce and perform music at the Central Library’s Music Service, other Dublin City Public Libraries and in other Dublin City Council venues as required. The groups will be identified and selected by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Applicants should submit an expression of interest to include the following:

Witnesses to War

Suite FrancaiseAs 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, Rathmines Library will host a book display called Witnesses to War throughout the month of March. This will include both fiction and non fiction works. These titles include personal accounts that document the callousness, cruelty and tragedy of war while others demonstrate how the experience of war continues to inform a writer’s work long after a war has ended.

Two of our chosen authors, Irene Nemirovsky and Anne Frank did not survive the wars they witnessed. Their accounts demand our attention and demonstrate the enduring power of the human imagination and spirit over the bleak realities, and sense of hopelessness that accompanies war.

The Redmond-O'Brien Press Gang

RedmondJohn Redmond (1 September 1856 - 6 March 1918) was elected as MP in 1881 and became leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) in 1900. Redmond’s public support for the First World War meant the IPP became associated with the high Irish death toll, as depicted above. By 1918 both the party and Redmond himself were in terminal decline. He died of a heart attack on 6 March 1918 and the IPP was decimated in the election the following December.

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Beidh Leabharlanna Poiblí Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath dúnta ó dé Sathairn 17 Márta go dtí dé Luain, 19 Márta (araon san áireamh).

Osclóidh na Leabharlanna Brainse arís dé Máirt, 20 Márta.

Is féidir na hearraí atá ar iasacht agat a athnuachan mura bhfuil siad de dhíth ar bhall eile den leabharlann. Beidh na sonraí seo le feiceáil ar do thaifead  earra : an dáta athfhillte reatha, an dáta athnuachana agus eolas faoi fhínéalacha atá fós le híoc.