Spring into Storytime with Dinosailors

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Dinosailors written by Deb Lund and illustrated by Howard Fine. This is a fun, rhyming story of a bunch of dinosaurs who have great difficulties trying to sail a boat.

Historical Fiction eAudiobooks

globeWhat is the special appeal of historical fiction? I know that for me it offers an extra layer of escapism and storytelling that is one of the reasons I love to read. History already has all the best storylines and drama! I am a recent convert to eAudiobooks – the BorrowBox app is easy to use, all you need to do is log on with your library card and pin, download and listen. I can’t imagine any greater luxury at the moment than to just sit, listen and be entertained.

General Strike April 1920

General StrikeThe general strike as a political weapon was used very effectively in Ireland on several occasions between 1918 to 1922. It was part of the successful resistance to the imposition of conscription in April 1918. One hundred years ago, on 12 April 1920, worked ceased all over the country, but especially in Dublin, as another general strike was called.

The Deep South

mapMore great recommendations from our colleague Lara in Phibsboro Library. History defines the Deep South as the original seven states of Confederacy, although the term was first used long after the Civil War ended. Before the war, the region was known as the “Lower South" and included Georgia, Florida, northern Alabama, North Louisiana, East Texas, and Mississippi. The term "Deep South" is defined in a variety of ways: most definitions include the states Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Spring into Storytime with I Have to Go!

book title For this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen I Have to Go! written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Every time Andrew’s parents ask him if he wants to go to the toilet, he says “no, no, no, no”. A few minutes later, though, he changes his mind, and always at the most difficult moments.

Notes of Change

Eileen GoganIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, musician Eileen Gogan responds to stories from The Long Gaze Back and talks to editor Sinéad Gleeson. They discuss the parallels and crossovers between song writing and writing, the difficulty of choosing a title, writer’s block, influences and the parallels between poetry and lyrics. Eileen is accompanied by musician Ed McGinley.

Online fun for the little ones

toddlerDo you have small children at home? Are you looking for free online resources to help you to educate and amuse them? Then look no further. Your Dublin City Libraries membership gives you access to several great online resources suitable for younger children including Freegal Music, TumbleBookLibrary, BorrowBox, and World Book Early Learning. Read on to explore with Grace from Cabra Library some of what we have to offer the little ones out there amongst you.

One step at a time

feetFor most of us, our world has temporarily shrunk to the four walls around us, and the streets and roads of our locality. As someone who loves to walk - on the beach, up a mountain, through the woods – I feel the loss of this freedom. I spoke to a good friend yesterday who lives in a cottage in rural Sligo.  She can no longer visit the sea to swim and has taken to submerging herself in a container of icy water instead. It’s a poor substitute but it’s keeping her sane.

Spring into Storytime with Abra Cadabra and the Tooth Witch

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Abra Cadabra and the Tooth Witch, written and illustrated by Nurit Karlin. Before the Tooth Fairy, a grumpy witch had the job of collecting children’s teeth. Then a younger witch named Abra Cadabra becomes her assistant. She helps the grumpy witch so much that she changes the whole job of collecting teeth and becomes the Tooth Fairy.

Three Borrowbox Recommendations

book titleThree book recommendations from our colleagues that may whet the appetite in these strange days. Grapple with James Joyce, or dip in and out. I'm doing that! What have you got to lose? A ghost story that is good any time of the year. Sure some of us are having Jaffa Cakes for breakfast. And a novel that teaches us about the importance of human relationships. We all understand that now with social distancing and lockdown. Just some ideas to be getting on with. All you need is your Dublin City Library card and PIN and off you go...