Spring into Storytime with Lost and Found, Story 1: Molly

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Lost and Found, Story 1: Molly, written and illustrated by Jim LaMarche. When Anna is lost in the woods, she asks her dog Molly to help find her way home.

Women Authors of the Gallery

Jane BarlowIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, art historian Jessica Fahy discusses portraits of Irish women writers in collections of the Hugh Lane Gallery. Jessica focuses on writers and painters who were active from the end of the 19th century to the start of the Second World War including Lady Gregory, Jane Barlow, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Katharine Tynan and Alice Stopford Green.  

Time to be smart with your money. Learn how, from home.

calculatorHave you long been meaning to try to get on top of your personal finances? Didn’t quite know where to start and were too time-poor to dip your toe?  Now is your golden opportunity to capitalise on the current hiatus, skill up and take control with our fantastic range of FREE online personal finance management courses. Brought to you by the experts, our courses cover the many facets of personal financial planning and wealth generation - including budgeting, debt reduction, funding your retirement, investing and even couponing! There is something here for everybody who wants to optimise their financial health, whatever their life stage or circumstances.  Start your journey to financial wellbeing today! All FREE and all available with your Dublin City Libraries card.

Spring into Storytime with Beautiful Moon

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Beautiful Moon, written by Dawn Jeffers and illustrated by Bonnie Leick. When a little girl’s wish for the day to never end comes true, she learns why night time is so important.

A Feast of Female Voices, Blanchardstown Library

Blanchardstown ensembleIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, The Long Gaze Back authors Bernie McGill, Lia Mills and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne read from their work and talk with Sinéad Gleeson about the anthology, their work, and being a female author in Ireland today.

Recorded at Blanchardstown Library on 12 April 2018, with thanks to Fingal Libraries for making the audio available to us.

Spring into Storytime with Roberto the Insect Architect

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Roberto the Insect Architect, written and illustrated by Nina Laden. This is a charming, imaginative story about a termite named Roberto who dreams of becoming an architect.

Work Matters on BorrowBox

logoAt this time of economic uncertainty, maybe the best response to our fear is to take a positive step, to use this pause to take stock of our situation, improve our skills, and prepare for the challenges ahead. Work Matters is a nationwide library service that supports job seekers and entrepreneurs. As part of Work Matters, Dublin City Libraries have presented talks, provided space to work, and access to databases and book collections. While the physical Work Matters resources are currently inaccessible, there is still plenty to explore digitally.

Witchy women on BorrowBox

witchLately there have been a number of books with witchy themes. Not so much the pointy hat black cat and broom toting middle aged spinster toiling over a cauldron witch. But women who are different, the outsider who does not conform, the outcast who does not comply, and are therefore a danger. Women perceived to be subversive and confrontational just for showing intellect and independence, for having a connect to nature and old traditions.

Travel in the Time of Lockdown

holiday camperSo here we all are, at home during the COVID-19 lockdown (except for our wonderful health and other essential workers, of course)  – all immediate travel plans cancelled, summer plans doubtful or postponed, and wondering when will we ever get away again. Not being able to go, doesn’t it make the urge to travel even stronger? Well, if we can’t go in real life, at least we can travel in the imagination. Here are a number of Dublin City Libraries eResources that might help to scratch the itch.

Find romance on BorrowBox

heartIf you’re looking for romance, for something to lift your spirits and make you smile, our colleague Eimear from the relief staff panel recommends some perennial favourites from Sophie Kinsella and Claudia Carroll. Whether this is your first time to read them, or a chance for you to dip in and enjoy them again, happy reading!