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Can we help you with your job search?

Job searchAnother success story...

Have you visited the Business Information Centre, Central Library recently? If not, you may not know that we have been running a series of 18 Career & Development workshops from January 2010 - December 2011, with 3 more planned for January, February and March of this year.  

We sourced different expert Career Coaches from around the country, to give these presentations. We liaised with these coaches and asked them to tailor these talks towards the positive aspects of searching for work.

Picks of 2011, Children's and Teen

There are no cats in the bookPart 3 of my three part comments on my own reading during 2011.  Non-Fiction was the first in the series with Adult Fiction second. This is my Children's and Young Adult or Teen reads.  Some great fantasy is being published in the Teen section and I do enjoy the reads.

I read a lot of books over the last year, approximately 290 of which I noted from the library.

Of all the books I read from the library some stood out, I couldn't pick a small number but I'm going to put them into themes and pick the best of that theme.  Sometimes it's hard to pick just one, the first listed is my favourite, the rest are in no particular order.  This isn't a definitive list, it's a list of books that are readable alone or are the start of a series, that I read during 2011, that stood out above the others and that I would recommend to others.

Harry Potter, Dublin style!

Children Save DublinDublin City Public Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature today, Tuesday 17th January, launched 'Children Save Dublin', the city’s first ever children’s citywide reading project.

Similar to the highly successful Dublin: One City One Book festival, but aimed at children from 4th and 5th classes, children across Dublin will be encouraged to read, talk about and have fun with the same book over January, February and March 2012.

Adult Fiction favourites of 2011

Sprit Thief I was intending to post this earlier this week, and then I got laryngitis and my doctor determined that I needed rest, so here's part 2 of my 2011 favourites.  Fiction, of a more adult nature, post 1 was Non-Fiction and post 3 will be Young Adult and Children's

I read a lot of books over the last year, approximately 290 of which I noted from the library.

Of all the books I read from the library some stood out, I couldn't pick a small number but I'm going to put them into themes and pick the best of that theme.  Sometimes it's hard to pick just one, the first listed is my favourite, the rest are in no particular order.  This isn't a definitive list, it's a list of books that are readable alone or are the start of a series, that I read during 2011, that stood out above the others and that I would recommend to others.

My non-fiction favourites of 2011

Contemporary Irish KnitsI read a lot of books over the last year, approximately 290 of which I noted from the library.  Over the next few weeks I'm going to pick out a few that stood out from the herd.  This week is Non-Fiction.

Costa Award Winners!

Costa Book Awards logoAndrew Miller, who won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award in 1999, was yesterday announced as the winner of the Costa (fiction) Award for his sixth novel, 'Pure', beating off the challenge of Booker prize winner 'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes in the process.

Christmas 5-Star Crime Reads!

Christmas Crime Reads - book covers

Having been asked to recommend a Jo Nesbo book for Christmas, I thought I might just do a random post listing a selection of stocking fillers - you couldn't give or receive a nicer present than a book that is not just a good read, but is indeed a GREAT read!

Graffiti - Art or Vandalism?

Graffiti posterUsing a variety of drama and visual arts programmes, young people from many areas of Dublin City will work with professional artists and writers to explore the question ‘Graffiti – Art or Vandalism?’.

This programme of activities, presented by Dublin City Public Libraries, is aimed at educating children, whilst encouraging them to comment creatively on the social conditions in which they find themselves.

Seventeen libraries will participate in this ambitious public programme throughout the Autumn / Winter of 2011 and Spring 2012, using a broad range of learning strategies to deliver this very important message.

Finnish Crime Writer Passes, But Is Not Forgotten

Matti Yrjänä JoensuuYesterday I discovered, with regret, that Matti Yrjänä Joensuu, probably the best known of Finnish crime novelists, recently died (4th Dec). So I though it appropriate to mark his passing with a post on him, and while I am at it, other Finnish crime writers and authors whose novels have a Finnish setting and whose works I have read to date. Finnish crime writers, unlike other Nordic writers, can be difficult to get in translation, why, I do not not know, and more's the pity. 

Matti Yrjänä Joensuu (1948-2011) retired from the Helsinki police force in 2006, and as a police officer he was ideally placed to write crime fiction. He wrote twelve (Detective Sergeant) Harjunpää novels, most of which were published in Finland between 1976 and 1993; of these three have so far been translated into English, two of which I have read. 

Hark now hear the angels sing !!!

Irish christmasAt Christmas we are inundated with the same songs. We walk the streets humming them in our heads. We hum them on the bus, we sit at our desks tapping our feet to Rudolph the red nose reindeer. Half the time we make up our own words. Although we may get irritated by the same songs everyday, by January they are gone back into their drawer until the following year's bombardment begins.

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