International Biodiversity Day, Friday 22nd May.

beeWe have all become aware over the last few years of the decline of many species on our planet. From the polar bear (who has become synonymous with climate change) to butterflies and bees, approximately one quarter of plant and animal species are threatened with extinction.

Spring into Storytime with The Dot

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘The Dot’, written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Vashti cannot draw, but when she draws a single dot on a page, little does she know that it is going to prove that she can draw after all.

The Not So Secret Lives of Pets

dogSo we’re all spending more time at home at the moment, much to the joy or indifference of our pets. I have learned quite a bit about my doggie and my moggy, my dog sleeps 20 hours per day only rousing himself to go to the other couch to catch the sun’s slow movement throughout the afternoon and my cat has made very good use of my extra time at home, he now thinks I am his personal slave!

An Evening with Nuala O’Connor & Lia Mills

Podcast logoIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, Nuala O’Connor and Lia Mills read from their short stories ‘Shut your mouth, Hélène’ and ‘The Crossing’ before discussing flash fiction, the historical short story, the tyranny of plot and how editing styles differ on each side of the Atlantic.

And because we all love a book recommendation: Nuala’s favourite short story collections are Scary Old Sex by Arlene Heyman and The Boat by Nam Le, and she recommends Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott for writers, especially ones starting out.

Get your football fix with RBdigital magazines

footballThe fizzing sound of a football hitting and nestling in the back of the onion bag is a part of the lingua franca understood by all football fans around the world. This spirit of football internationalism imbues the pages of World Soccer: everything from the political chicanery of FIFA and regional football federations to the rabid rivalry between Shanghai Shanghai International Port Group FC and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC ('Come on you Red Eagles'/'There's only one team in Shanghai') is covered in this monthly publication.

Spring into Storytime with Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo’, written and illustrated by E.S. Redmond.  All of the animals in the zoo are unwell…all because of a sniffly girl.

Music e-book reviews

musicianIt’s always going to be hard writing a book about someone as closed personally as Rory Gallagher was, but this is as excellent a career overview of Ireland’s greatest guitarist as you can get, with plenty of old friends going back to his school days, to the roadcrew that he spent so much time with on the road, telling their tales, along with plenty of  Rory's own words from interviews over the years.

Spring into Storytime with Toopy and Binoo: Toopy Goes Bananas

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Toopy and Binoo: Toopy Goes Bananas’, written and illustrated by Dominique Jolin. This is a story about Toopy’s many funny adventures attempting to bring a banana to Binoo.

Embroidery and the calming power of craft

craftHere’s one I made earlier... This is a project I made from a Mollie Makes magazine a few months ago. The message might have seemed a bit corny then but now I am reminded of the calming power of craft.

Spring into Storytime with Angus All Aglow

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Angus All Aglow’, written by Heather Smith and illustrated by Alice Carter. Angus Loves sparkly things so much that he wears his grandma’s beaded necklace to school. When he is teased, his interest in sparkly things stops…or so he thinks.