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New Fiction for April

New FictionNew fiction at Dublin CIty Public Libraries this April.

Looking for a page-turning book to keep you up all night? We may have just the thing! You’ll find plenty of titles to choose from in the PDF document below, including Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates's The Burning, Haruki Murakami's short story Birthday Girl and new copies of 20th century classics The Catcher in the Rye and Of Mice and Men.

"Three o'clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can't sleep. I am so happy" - Anton Chekov

New Children's Books for April

 Kids BooksToday we’re showcasing a selection of children's titles that are new to Dublin City Public Libraries this month. You’ll find plenty of titles to choose from in the PDF document below, including Dav Pilkey's Dog Man series, 'Big Nate and Friends' and 'Winnie the Witch'.

Womens National Health Association HIR Blog

Monica's BabyclubThis photograph (larger image below) from the Dublin City Library and Archive shows groups of women with their babies and young children outside St Monica’s Babies Club in St. Augustine Street, close to John’s Lane Church in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties.  This club, - one of about 170 set up throughout Ireland - opened in 1909 and aimed to educate mothers in the overall care of their infants by holding classes and appropriate lecture series on the premises.

Dora Maguire Historian In Residence Blog

Black and White portrait of DoraThis week I have had the great pleasure of visiting Massachusetts and presenting a paper at the annual national meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies held in Boston. It was my second time attending such a gathering, having also presented a paper on Dublin poet Maeve Cavanagh MacDowell two years ago, when ACIS met in Kansas City, Missouri. This time around I spoke about the life of Dora Maguire, another woman who happened to be profiled in R. M. Fox’s 1935 book of essays Rebel Irishwomen.

The Magic Table

Magic table thumbnailDo you work with people with dementia or with learning disabilities? If you do, we have an exciting new product available in two of our libraries which you will want to know about.

The Magic Table (or ‘Tovertafel’ in Dutch) is an award-winning innovation from the Netherlands, and it uses specially designed technology to help people with mid-to-late stage dementia and also adults with learning disabilities. 

Collinstown Aerodrome Raid 1919

Old Photo of Dublin AirportThe Soloheadbeg Ambush in January 1919 did not lead to a wide scale conflict immediately. For much of 1919, the Irish Volunteers embarked on a mainly defensive campaign, primarily searching for arms. As a result, some skirmishes broke out leading to some deaths.

Grangegorman HIR Blog

Henrietta Entrance Kings InnLast month I was in the King’s Inns building for the launch of a remarkable short film. Trish McAdams directed and wrote Confinement for the Grangegorman Development Agency, who asked her to create a public art project. The film’s 30-minute running time evokes three hundred years of the history of the King’s Inns, Henrietta Street and the Grangegorman Asylum. The story is told through the imagined voice of Tony Rudenko, an artist who lived in Henrietta Street until his death in 2014, who was also a friend of the director.

St. Patrick's Day arrangements

St Patrick's Day PostcardDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 16 March until Monday 18 March (inclusive).  Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday, 19 March.

Image right: St Patrick's Day Souvenir Postcard from the Postcard Collection held at Dublin City Library & Archive.

Online Renewals

You may renew items on loan if they are not required by another library member. Your item record will indicate the current return date, the renewal date, and any fines outstanding on the item on display.

Computer and Internet Access Unavailable

Computer
We regret to say that public Internet and computer access at a number of our branch libraries is still unavailable while we address some network-related issues. We are endeavouring to to have the matter rectified as soon as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The following libraries are affected -

News from Nelson: My Strange Birthday

Nelsons HeadI often wonder if I’m a cat. I’m on my third life already with perhaps many more to come!  Let me explain – my name is Nelson’s Head, denizen of the Reading Room at Dublin City Library & Archive.  I’m a solid citizen – many people describe me as a lump of stone, which is true – but when this is Portland stone, fashioned by sculptor Thomas Kirk, well, I think I have something to boast about.

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