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Suffrage Stalwarts: Anna and Thomas Haslam

Haslam benchStrolling around the centre of St. Stephens Green, amongst the flowers, swans, tourists and lunchtime-time sandwich eaters, stands an unassuming seat which you might easily pass-by without noticing. Going in for a closer look, the curious onlooker will note that this bench is dedicated to one Anna and Thomas Haslam for their tireless work campaigning for equal rights for women.

 

Two Irish Novelists Make the International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Literary Award 2018Two novels by Irish authors and six novels in translation are among the 10 shortlisted for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award.  The two novels by Irish authors are The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack; the six novels in translation hail from France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Mexico and South Korea, while the remaining two come  from South Africa and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000. The award, sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by the City Library Service. was launched on 7th April 1995 and is now in its 23rd year.

Digital Archivist position.

Dublin City Library and Archive, which houses Dublin City Archives and the Dublin and Irish Collection, has over 43,000 digital objects currently available online, plus an additional 9,000 objects (approx.) which have been digitised and catalogued offline.

In 2018, Dublin City Library and Archive will initiate an exciting new partnership with the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) to upload existing digital object collections to the Digital Repository of Ireland.

Easter bunny loves reading too!

Easter fun at BallymunWith over 30 people in attendance, we had a morning of magic and fun at Ballymun Library last Tuesday, 27th March.  The Easter Bunny paid a surprise visit and left lots of surprises for our junior patrons.

The Baby/Wobbler Book Club met at 11am and read ‘Spot’s First Easter’ by Eric Hill.  We’ve read many books so far about our doggy friend, Spot, including ‘Where’s Spot?’ and ‘Spot Says Goodnight’.  In this story, we joined Spot and his friends as they go on an Easter Egg Hunt together.

Photo: Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator, left) with Daniel Heenan and his mother, Gabriela Arakaki

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Easter Fun at Ballymun Library

Spot's First EasterDon’t miss our Easter-Themed Book Club sessions for babies to preschoolers next Tuesday 27 March at Ballymun Library.  Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator) has invited the Easter Bunny to check out what fantastic services the Library provides and to leave some treats for our junior patrons.

The Baby/Wobbler Book Club will meet at 11am and will read ‘Spot’s First Easter’ by Eric Hill.  We’ve read many books so far about our doggy friend, Spot, including ‘Where’s Spot?’ and ‘Spot Says Goodnight’.  In this story, we join Spot and his friends as they go on an Easter Hunt together.

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 www.childrensbooksireland.ie.

"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.

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