Drawing made easy

pictureHow often have you heard it said "I couldn't draw to save my life" or '"I couldn't draw a straight line" You CAN draw! The ability to draw is a skill that anyone can learn and does not depend on talent. It is a fundamental life skill, just like reading and writing. Want to learn how to draw? Or to improve your artistic skills and discover new techniques?

Two teen book reviews

teenIt's almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore. Young adult fiction is a category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. While the genre is targeted to teenagers, approximately half of YA readers are adults. Summer, like youth, is fleeting. But the books we read when we're young can stay with us for a lifetime. Both these titles come highly recommended for our teen readers by our colleague Eimear from the relief staff panel.

Survival tips gleaned from Nelson Mandela to get through Covid-19

bookDo you feel like a prisoner?  Are you cocooning, in isolation or finding the 2km rule difficult? On returning from a 2 km walk through Dublin’s Irishtown Nature Park, known for the many species of birds and its richness in fauna and flora, a place for those who like walking trails and thickets with panoramic views across the bay, my thoughts came to those who are cocooning or self isolating.

More online resources to help with language learning

languagesIf you are interested in learning or improving a language (including English), our colleague Simon from Inchicore Library recently reviewed three of our excellent online resources. There are also a variety of other aids to language learning which you might not expect to find in our suite of online resources and which Simon outlines for you here.

Here is a quick refresher on Transparent Language Online, uTalk, and Road to IELTS.

Spring into Storytime with A Camping Spree with Mr Magee

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen A Camping Spree with Mr Magee, written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. This is a fun adventure story about Mr Magee and his dog, Dee. When they go on a camping holiday, they end up plunging down a mountain to the edge of a waterfall. Then a bear comes along.

Project Fun! Ideas for Kids.

photographerMany school students are being asked to complete project work at home during their time off. This type of work can be a bit like a treasure hunt: figuring out clues, making connections and finding answers. It can be great fun but also a really valuable way of developing the ability to learn independently and encourage critical thinking skills. Students learn to frame questions, explore sources and analyse complex information.

Newly Available! Music Online: Classical Scores Library

ScoreWe are delighted to announce that, for a three month period, Dublin City Library members have access to Music Online: Classical Scores Library! Many thanks to Proquest for providing this service, allowing us as it does to expand on the range of online resources accessible from anywhere and available to our patrons during this time of lockdown and otherwise reduced service.

Spring into Storytime with Oscar Lives Next Door

book title For this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Oscar Lives Next Door written by Bonnie Farmer and illustrated by Marie Lafrance. This a story about a girl named Millie who lives next door to a music-loving boy named Oscar. When Oscar gets sick, he is unable to play his beloved trumpet again, but then he discovers the piano. This is a fictional story about the early years of the jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson.

Live music recordings on Freegal

logoMissing live music and concerts? Our colleague Peter from Pembroke Library thinks that Freegal can help. Family, friends, colleagues, our favourite cafés, and without doubt, our local libraries; just some of the things that I think we are all looking forward to seeing again as soon as we can. Technology has let us keep in touch with the important people and places in our lives, and our libraries are still providing great services through their eResources. There is one thing that I am really missing, one that I can’t wait to experience again. That is going to a concert to see a favourite band or musician. Perhaps it is better put as the simple joy of hearing live music.

Looking Forward Gazing Back

Event promo imageIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, Looking Forward, Gazing Back, writers June Caldwell and Sinéad Gleeson and theatre maker and campaigner Lian Bell of #WakingTheFeminists movement discuss the practices, processes and contexts of Irish women’s writing today.  Chaired by Garret Fagan. Recorded at the National Library of Ireland on 21 April 2018, thanks to National Library of Ireland for making this audio available to us.