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News from Nelson: Love me please!

Nelson's PillarAs I mentioned in my last blog, I went on top of Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin which was inaugurated with great fanfare on 29 October 1809 (Dublin First and Always). I had a great view, and with my one good eye I could see as if I had a spyglass, everything was magnified.  And of course when people climbed my Pillar I could hear what they were saying to each other – and in this way I knew what was going on in this great city which was my new abode.

As the century unfolded, it soon became apparent that not everybody loved me as much as I loved myself.  How could this be – the great hero of Trafalgar?  Listen to this: ‘At the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council of 2 November 1885 a letter from the architect and engineer John L. Robinson, C.E., M.R.I.A.I., of Great Brunswick Street, was read calling for the desirability of removing Nelson’s Pillar from its present position to a more suitable site.

2018 International Dublin Literary Award longlist announced

Literary Award logo7 Irish novels are among 150 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.  Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2018 Award was launched today, 6 November by Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha, Patron of the Award, who commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.  ‘Dublin – a UNESCO City of Literature - is renowned throughout the world as a city of writers. There’s no doubt that our rich literary and cultural life makes Dublin a great destination for tourists, for students, and for overseas businesses. It also makes for a better quality of life for all of us who live and work in our capital.  Is cathair litríochta í Baile Átha Cliath’ he said.

THINK! Book display at Rathmines for the month of November

Think!In an online world that is connected 24/7 we have never had access to so much information; so much so that people sometimes feel overwhelmed. We are constantly subjected to conflicting messages from pundits, advertisers, politicians and talking heads and many ideas in public and political discourse are greatly contested, such as global warming or the safety of vaccines. Additionally, much public debate has arisen concerning the veracity of many information sources often accompanied by claims of ‘fake news’.

For the month of November Rathmines library will be hosting a book display featuring many titles on the topic of critical thinking which will aid readers in discerning just how reliable many of the claims with which we are constantly bombarded really are.

Hallowe'en at Raheny Library

Halloween at RahenyChildren from the Raheny area have just enjoyed an action packed week of Halloween celebrations at Raheny Library.  The festivities kicked off with a Fairies and Elves Halloween Party on Monday 23rd October when children came along in their favourite Hallowe'en costumes and enjoyed spooky stories and games.  On Wednesday 25th there was more Scary Stories and Grisly Games like pin the nose on the witch. On Thursday the garden got a ghostly makeover for a Spooky Skeleton Treasure Hunt.  There were generous rewards for all the successful treasure hunters who uncovered the bony surprises!

Thanks to all the children who visited Raheny Library for Hallowe'en events last week. It was so much fun!

Here are some frightful photos from the Hallowe'en celebrations:

Free Workshops to Save Energy & Cut Costs this Winter

Energy efficient workshopsDo you want to save money on your energy bills this winter? If so, Dublin City Public Libraries and Codema invite you along to one of their free energy-saving workshops to help you save energy at home and cut down on costs, as the colder months approach.

The workshops are run in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and will cover all areas of energy-saving, including heating your home, hot water, electrical appliances, and understanding your energy bill better.  You will also have the chance to ask our energy expert questions about your own home, and to check out the interactive display stands which will provide practical information on areas such as low-energy lighting, draught-proofing and insulation.

The People, places and historical buildings of Dublin 7

Dublin 7Listen back to local Historian and well-known author Bernard Neary from Cabra West as he brings us on an interesting tour of Dublin 7, including the people, places and buildings of interest. Find out where the writer Iris Murdoch was born, where the poet Austin Clarke grew up and where Matt Kiernan made his Uilleann Pipes.  Discover interesting facts about local landmarks including the Royal Canal, Broadstone Railway Station and The Four Courts. Reminisce about skipping and conkers games played by children and the picturehouses that dotted the area.

Bernard’s new book Dublin 7, published by The Lilliput Press, is available to borrow from your local library and at bookshops.

Hallowe’en fun with little ones

Spot's Spooky FunDressing up, making magical memories and most importantly, having fun are all special experiences that should be enjoyed during family reading.  What better way to do this than celebrating Hallowe’en at Ballymun Library’s Book Clubs for Younger Children! The Baby, Wobbler and Toddler book clubs had dedicated themed story sessions last Tuesday, 24 October.  Most who attended dressed up for the occasion and had a ‘spooktacular’ time!

At the baby session, the book ‘Spot’s Spooky Fun’ by Eric Hill was read by Maria Sheahan (Librarian).  This is a lovely story where Spot has the tricky task of deciding which costume to dress up in for Hallowe’en.  The group was enthralled book proving this book is a perfect Hallowe’en read for young babies.

A look back at Dublin Festival of History

DFoH is 5Dublin Festival of History celebrated its fifth birthday this year and in our opinion it was the best year yet! Our packed programme of events drew a record attendance at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, city libraries and other venues around the city. 

Speakers included Third Reich expert and Hitler biographer, Ian Kershaw, former MP and the last Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten and art historian Janina Ramirez well known for her insightful history documentaries on the BBC.

Thanks to the speakers, participants and history buffs who came along to our events and helped make this year's festival such a success.

NEW! Download digital comics & graphic novels

Comics PlusYou can now download and read digital comic books for free with your Dublin City Library Membership and Comics Plus Library Edition.  Borrow from over 16,000 digital comic book single issues and graphic novels! Titles available from publishers like Andrew McMeel, Boom Studios!, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW, Valiant, Viz Media, Zenoscope — and much more!

  • View comics on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
  • Check out and read titles through iOS and Android Mobile Apps.
  • Browse by genre, publisher, and comic — then instantly check out your favourites.
  • Access comics whenever you want them — no holds or waiting

History and Heritage in Rathmines Library during November

Boston Massacre, 1770Anyone with an interest in history, local or international, will find plenty of food for thought in the events being presented in Rathmines Library this November.

Image: Paul Revere Broadside: The Bloody Massacre, Perpetrated in King Street, Boston, 1770. The Gilder Lehrman Collection (see larger image)

We start off on an international and indeed topical note with U.S. historian Cecelia Hartsell presenting a series of talks on Concepts of American Freedom. In this series Cecelia interrogates the relationship between America’s founding ideals of universal freedom and equality and the reality of shaping a collective understanding of those ideals. The talks will focus on three seminal eras in U.S. history: the Revolution, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, in analysing the parameters of American freedom, including the social conditions that underpin it, and the fact that maintaining “liberty and justice for all” has often been dependent upon limiting freedom for some.

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