101 things you thought you knew about the Titanic.

titanicThe book "101 things you thought you knew about the Titanic.... but didn't" is a fascinating study of some of the myths and half-truths that have arisen since that fateful morning of April 15th 1912. (Growing up in Cobh, I reckon I've heard 99 of them!) Author Tim Matlin dispels many of these popular legends using primary sources such as the US Inquiry and the British Inquiry, both of 1912. He also shows that many of these stories are indeed true. The myths are neatly separated into categories such as: The Ship, Omens, Passengers, Collision, S.O.S etc.

Below are a few examples to whet your appetite:

Can YOU predict the winner?


THE 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist was announced today. The judging panel have dutifully selected interesting and diversely themed novels.

Out of the ten shortlisted titles briefly outlined here, can YOU predict the winner? 

Let us know who you think will win by posting a comment on this blog post.

Literary Award Shortlist Announced!


Award Shortlist10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The list includes two novels in translation and two first-time novels, but no Irish author is represented.

Some of the shortlisted novels have already received awards e.g. 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011 and 'The Memory of Love' received the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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The short listed titles, announced by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Andrew Montague, Patron of the Award, are:

Know your rights - Know the law

Legal AdviceThe Business Information Centre, Central Library is showcasing a selection of books, brochures, and flyers on Know Your Rights - Know the Law during the month of April, 2012.  This display focuses on simplifying the complexities of our civil law / family law by providing brochures, flyers and up-to-the minute reference books on this subject. Topics covered include:

Travellers: Images of Labre Park, Ballyfermot, 1968 and 1969

Labre ParkLabre Park was the first site built specifically for Travellers by a Local Authority in Ireland. It was opened in September 1967 at a cost of £50,000 and consisted of 39 concrete 'tigíns' in a row off Kylemore Road. Each 'tigín' was composed of a living room with a stove, a lavatory, and a place to wash. Residents of Labre Park slept in their caravans which were parked beside or behind each 'tigín'. Rents at Labre Park ranged from ten to thirty shillings per week.

View Labre Park Gallery.

The site was named after St. Benedict Joseph Labre (1748-1783) who is the patron saint of Travellers.

How to be everything?

You can find out how to do and be lots of things in the library.

Actors, gardeners, jugglers, farmers, knitters, bakers, candlestick makers, secretaries or being idle. Staying single or looking for partners?

Dubliners: One City, One Book

Actor reading Dubliners outside the Mansion HouseDublin: One City, One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by the city's library service, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April each year. This year the chosen book is 'Dubliners' by James Joyce. So get reading quickly!

Britannica Titanica!

Story of the TitanicFor our younger library visitors, coming soon to our shelves is 'Story of the Titanic' (illustrations by Steve Noon, published by Dorling Kindersley, 2012). This is the tragic story of the Titanic, with double-page illustrations, cross-sections and cutaway details explaining the construction and mechanical details of the ship and revealing life on board for passengers and crew.

You can also locate other books in our libraries on the Titanic.

Encyclopaedia Britannica this month brings the topic of the Titanic to life with its latest spotlight. To mark the 100th anniversary, primary school children can explore both the triumph and the tragedy of this great vessel.

Musical Books

WhitebicyclesHello and welcome, Musical Books is a blog article about exactly what it says! However don't be fooled if you think you have to really like music to get a good read here. I will also be reviewing riveting good reads that are not absolutely note for note about music.

I'm starting with one of my favourites: Joe Boyd's White Bicycles - Making Music in the 60s.

This is a memoir of music producer Joe Boyd whose career began as a tour manager to Muddy waters and The Reverend Gary Davies during the blues revival in England in the mid sixties. Although Boyd is an American the book has the feel of being written by an Englishman. His love of English folk music is probably responsible for this. He was pivotal in furthering the careers of Sandy Denny, the Incredible String Band and Nick Drake.

Storytelling to toddlers

Toot, TootProviding a story time session to toddlers can be a challenge. I have hosted a weekly storytelling session for many years and I am still learning and looking for suggestions on what makes a successful and fun event. Currently, my plan for the 20 minute storytelling session consists of 4 rhymes, followed by 4 stories and ending with a song. The song usually is the Wheels on the Bus, I know this is old hat but children love it and do participate in the singing and actions.

Last week I had a “hen” theme. I found a sung version of Chuck-chuck-chuck-chuck-chuck, good morning Mrs. Hen on a CD and this got everyone in a happy clucky mood, followed by Hickety, Pickety, my black hen; then One, two, buckle my shoe (it does end with a big fat hen!); and I’m a little birdie (adapted from I’m a Little Teapot). The stories told were 'Handa’s Hen' (Walker Big Book size ensures everyone can see the pictures); 'Rosie’s Walk'; 'The Little Red Hen'; 'Old Mac Donald' and to end there was a hen on the bus in the Wheels on the Bus song! Old favourites such as Incy Wincy Spider; If you’re Happy and you know it always get a good reaction. Rhymes such as 5 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed or 5 Little Monkeys swinging on a tree are really popular.