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Summer! What is happening in the Business Information Centre

With the Summer months drawing near, you may be wondering what workshops are taking place here in the Business Information Centre over the next few months.

For the month of April & May we are running the Start Your Own Business Lectures on Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm - 8pm, starting on 21st April and running through until the 26th May (book immediately to be guaranteed a place) and then on the 9th June we are resuming the Career Workshops.

Bargain Town: Shops and Shopping in Dublin

Meeting PlaceView the Shops and Shopping in Dublin Gallery

This gallery consists of images of shops, stalls, and markets from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. A few of these are still open for business but most have closed their doors. It is hoped that these images will serve as memory triggers for any Dubliner who was ever ‘sent out for the messages’.

Inspired by Ghostlight

Ghost LightWhile reading Ghostlight by Joseph O’Connor the One City One Book for April 2011, my interest was sparked.

The library has copies of John Millington Synge’s writings, including his plays, poetry as well as numerous biographies.

I discovered a book of photographs taken by John Millington Singe My Wallet of Photographs the collected photographs of J M Synge arranged and introduced by Lilo Stephens. 1971.

I decided to photograph these same places in Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire in 2011. Places that feature in Synge’s letters to Molly Allgood, the woman who inspired Ghostlight. These photos are currently on display in the Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.

Dublin IMPAC Shortlist Announced

Shortlisted books10 novels have been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award from a total of 162 novels nominated by 166 public library systems in 126 cities worldwide. This shortlist includes novels by three Irish authors; Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Brooklyn by Colm Toibín and Love and Summer by William Trevor. The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is worth 100,000 euro and is the world's most prestigious literary award, books are nominated by public libraries world-wide. Pictured are the shortlisted books.

Forfas Collections

Forfás, in association with Dublin City Public Libraries provide a collection of Forfás reports here in the Business Library, for your perusal. Forfás is the national policy advisory body for enterprise and science in Ireland and since its establishment in 1994, Forfás has championed independent and rigorous research, advice and support in areas of enterprise and science policy.

So what can Forfás offer me?

There are over 370 articles detailing

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Music in Dublin City Public Libraries

Fiddler on the RoofDublin City Public Libraries has a significant music collection with most branches providing a range of music and music literature.

The main body of the collection is located in the Music Library. The library which is located in the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, offers an expansive resource for music students and music lovers alike. Whether you are a connoisseur or an occasional dabbler, the music library has a lot to offer free of charge.

The Library makes available in a broad range of formats, either recorded, in the case of CD's, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs & CD ROMs or printed as with Vocal Scores (Opera, Musicals) Miniature Scores, Sheet Music, Libretti and Songbooks (lieder, traditional ballads or modern).

Census 2011

Census Night - April 10th - is nearly on us. If you need advice on filling out the questionnaire, there is a guide available at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries.

The Step-by-Step Guide to Filling in the Census 2011 form is a comprehensive guide, explaining all aspects of answering the questions, including privacy concerns and how to return people absent on the night.

Italian Crime Novels Aplenty

August HeatItalian, or Italian-based, crime novels I have always enjoyed, and there are plenty of authors to choose from. My favourite has to be Andrea Camilleri, the Sicilian writer and creator of Inspector Salvo Montalbano. The Montalbano series are full of humour, the Sicilian landscape, Sicilian society and food! Montalbano loves his food! There is not a concentration on the mafia, just in case you might think there might be, which for me is good, but it is never far away. The crimes can be of ones of passion or greed or revenge, and the author does not go into morbid details, which may be a relief to some also. I always wait impatiently for the next instalment of Camilleri's genius. The first in the series is The Shape of Water (English translation 2002, original Italian 1994), while I await the arrival this June of the twelfth in the series, The Track of Sand. Each book has been such a huge pleasure to read, I always hate getting to the end.

Learning to drive

Driver Theory TestWhether you are about to sit your driver theory test or preparing to do the practical driving test, your local library is a one stop shop for all your needs! From application forms to books and CD-ROMS, the library has everything you need to help you on your way to becoming a competent and confident driver.

Sitting your driver theory test will be your first step, and the Official Driver Theory Test book and Driver Theory Test CD-ROM are available for you to borrow in any Dublin City Public Library. Once you pass the theory test and get your Learners Permit, preparing for and passing your practical driving test will be your next challenge!

Get It! – The Irish Driving Test is an excellent book, available from Dublin City Public Libraries, which covers many aspects of the practical driving test – from knowing what the various road signs mean, to parking and roundabouts.

Knitting

These days knitting is news.  There have been several theories bandied about about why this is.  Some of the theories espoused in the US were connected with a need for security that was felt in the US after September 11th.  There are other theories that suggest that people want better fitting and more personalised clothing, whatever the reason, knitting and other crafts are taking an upswing.

In Ireland, and indeed Dublin, there are meetings almost daily, and these are the publicly known ones. Knitting groups meet on a weekly or monthly basis in Dublin City Libraries. Irish Knitting also has a log of all the groups it could find both in Dublin and throughout Ireland The Dublin Knit Collective regularly interviews Dublin Knitters and Crocheters  If you haven't joined yet, Ravelry is both a wonderful resource and a time-sink, it's free to join and there are a number of Irish groups on it and some Irish Shop linked groups as well

There are many Irish knitters, Crocheters and crafters who blog about crafts (and some who blog about other things).  The Irish Knitting blog was founded in order to address an issue of visibility of Irish Knitters and Crocheters and expanded somewhat since it started.  They try to do a weekly update with what's happening in the Irish Crafty World.

Dublin City Public libraries has a number of books on knitting, from older to new.

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