Music biographies on BorrowBox

BowieMusic can be so uplifting, and a great source of inspiration and solace to many of us still on lockdown. With this in mind why not check out the life stories of the musicians behind some of your favourite songs, with the varied and great music biographies available on BorrowBox. Here’s just a few suggestions.

Spring into Storytime with Moira’s Birthday

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Moira’s Birthday’, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Moira is told that she can invite six children to her birthday party. However, she doesn’t want to disappoint everyone else who wants to go. Her parents are in for a big surprise when two hundred children arrive for the party.

Enjoy Bank Holiday Baking with BBC Goodfood Magazine

MagazineWe appreciate that it’s not easy to get to the shops right now but you can get your copy of the BBC GoodFood magazine on line and for free with Dublin City Libraries through the eResource Rbdigital. You can download this app onto your smartphone or tablet.  All you need is your library card and pin and you can access from anywhere.

Dickens.150 years of entertainment.

DickensCharles Dickens, one of the most popular and accessible novelists died 150 years ago in June 1870. His novels are still popular and they have been adapted for television and cinema. They have been turned into popular musicals on stage and screen. Many novelists have acknowledged his influence and expressed admiration for his novels.

Spring into Storytime with The First Music

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘The First Music’, written by Dylan Pritchett and illustrated by Erin Bennett Banks. When the animals get together, they discover that the noise that they have been making is also wonderful music.

Changing workplaces: Broadstone Station, Phibsborough

BroadstoneMany of Dublin’s most striking buildings tell us stories about the past, not least in how travel into and around the city has changed over the years. If you are taking the Luas to the Technical University Dublin (TU Dublin) campus at Grangegorman, you can alight at the Broadstone stop.

Spring into Storytime with Snap!

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Snap!’ written by Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Every time Evan tries to draw, something happens to the crayons. They break, get crushed and even get blown away. Evan uses the bits of crayons that are left over and the results are better than he could imagine.

Author Spotlight: Sebastian Barry

readingSebastian Barry is an Irish novelist, playwright, and poet, he was named laureate for Irish Fiction 2019-2021. He is noted for his literary writing style and is one of Ireland’s finest writers. His book Secret Scripture won the 2008 Costa Book of the year. He also won the Costa Book of the year in 2017 for his book, Days without End, becoming the first novelist to win the prestigious prize twice. Each of his novels imagines and expands the history of one of the author's ancestors and he mines his colourful family history for stories.

Three stories from The Long Gaze Back

Michelle Read In this episode of the DCLA podcast, Michelle Read reads the first three stories featured in The Long Gaze Back. Michelle Read, is an actor and voice artist and an advocate of reading aloud for adults. She reads ‘The Purple Jar’ by Maria Edgeworth; ‘Frank's Resolve’ by Charlotte Riddell; ‘Poisson d'Avril’ by Somerville and Ross.

Recorded at the LexIcon on 12 April 2018, with thanks to Marian Keyes Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries for making the audio available to us.

Spring into Storytime with Duck! Rabbit!

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Duck! Rabbit!’ written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. This is a funny book based on an optical illusion. Is the picture a duck or a rabbit? What do you think?