Extra Oxford eResources now available!

American National BiographyThis January we've added to the fantastic range of Oxford eResources on offer with your library membership. Now you can search the American National Biography online, use a range of Oxford dictionaries, and consult the Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature for free by logging in with your library card number. 

American National Biography online

Discover the lives of more than 18,000 men and women – from all eras and walks of life – who have influenced American history and culture in the acclaimed American National Biography Online (ANB).  From missionaries to musicians, social workers to statisticians, cowboys to chemists, and Vikings to astronauts, the portraits in ANB combine to reflect the rich diversity of American life from pre-colonial times to the present.

Christmas books for babies and toddlers

That's not my santaWe had a lovely session last Tuesday, 19 December with all junior book clubs.  Everyone dressed up in Christmas jumpers and festive gear as we sang songs and read stories. Each of the children received a free book as well as stickers and jellies.  The Baby Book Club read That’s Not My Santa...  which is part of the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile baby book.  The Wobbler Book Club read I Love You Father Christmas by Emma Dodd and Giles Andreae.  This is a lovely story all about why babies love Santa Claus.  Finally, the Toddler Book Club read the classic tale, Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  All of the chosen books are perfect Christmas read for little ones.

Love Leabhair Gaeilge do daoine fásta an Nollaig seo

Conaire MórTá leabhair Ghaeilge den scoth le fáil i leabharlanna áirithe Bhaile Átha Cliath an nollaig seo i gcomhar le Love Leabhair Gaeilge.

Seo rogha de leabhair Ghaeilge le daoine fásta a fháil ar iasacht (agus le daoine óga freisin!):

Conaire Mór le Diarmuid Johnson (Leabhar Breac)
Is athinsint bhríomhar bheoga atá in Conaire Mór ar an eipic Sean-Ghaeilge Togail Bruidne Da Derga — scéal a thosaíonn le rí á ghairmeadh de Chonaire agus a chríochnaíonn lena mharú brúidiúil ar bhruach na Dothra. Na hiontaisí ar fad atá i dtraidisiún na seanscéalta, tá siad ar fáil go flúirseach in imeachtaí an scéil, idir mhacghníomhartha Chonaire agus a theacht i réim, na blianta a raibh Éirinn faoi bhláth lena linn, agus an tuar báis nárbh fhéidir a shéanadh. Seo scéal nár insíodh i nGaeilge le beagnach míle bliain, ach tá Conaire Mór i réim anois arís ar deireadh. Is é an file Diarmuid Johnson a rinne an t-athscríobh ar an mbuntéacs.

Digital Magazine of the Month: BBC Good Food

BBC Good FoodDecember's digital magazine of the month is BBC Good Food Magazine. In this festive issue, there's plenty of inspiration for canapés, cocktails and the ultimate cheeseboard, as well as Victoria Moore’s favourite festive wines.

Don't miss the 'Roasts Reinvented' feature which includes alternative roast recipes, such as herb-scented slow-roasted rib of beef, or cumin-spiced roast chicken, for those who fancy a change from turkey.

Of course, there are plenty of seasonal recipes, too, from Nigel Slater, Donna Hay and Marcus Wareing. Plus, an exclusive interview with Alexander Armstrong about his favourite food memories.

Muckross Hockey Club celebrates 100 years

Muckross Hockey ClubMuckross Hockey Club was founded in 1917 by the past pupils of Muckross Park College. Over the past 100 years it has won over 30 Leinster league titles, an unparalleled 29 Leinster Senior Jacqui Potter Cup wins, a strong representation at international and provincial level and a record seven past players inducted into the Irish Hockey Association Hall of Fame.

View Muckross Hockey Club Image Gallery.

The Muckross Hockey Club collection comprises 70 photographs including material donated via international player Joan Priestman. It was transferred to the Dublin City Sports Archive via Peter Agnew and the Irish Hockey Archive.

Love Leabhair Gaeilge an Nollaig seo

Rita agus an Síog MhaithTá leabhair Ghaeilge den scoth le fáil i leabharlanna áirithe Bhaile Átha Cliath an Nollaig seo i gcomhar le Love Leabhair Gaeilge.

Seo rogha de leabhair Ghaeilge le daoine óga a fháil ar iasacht (agus le daoine fásta freisin):

Rita agus an tSióg Mhaith le Máire Zepf. Andrew Whitson a Mhaisigh. (An tSnáithid Mhór)

Is Cailín beag í Rita le smaointe móra. Nuair nach bhfuil fonn uirthi í féin a ghléasadh ar maidin,samhlaíonn sí go bhfuil Sióg Mhaith aicí.
Ní bheadh le déanamh ag an tSióg ach a slaitín draíochta a chroitheadh agus-sbhúis! Ach cad a tharlódh ansin?

A Merry Christmas from Nelson’s Head

PaintingThe British Navy was always proud to say that its best ships were crafted from Irish oak from Coolattin Woods in Co. Wicklow. As Admiral of the Fleet it was part of my remit to ensure that our ships remained seaworthy. They were sent in relays to dry-dock, where each vessel received ‘caulking’ – in other words any gaps in the hull were sealed with oakum, applied with a caulking gun – oakum is hemp fibre soaked in tar, and when properly applied it was fully water-repellent.  Ropes were checked for fraying and were replaced as necessary.  This painstaking work was carried out by the ship’s crew, who were trained especially for this work.   It is something akin to Spring-cleaning a house.

Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Healthy IrelandNew: Healthy Ireland at Your Library service is now available in all local libraries across the country. The programme will enhance current health information in public libraries by providing new books, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing, a wider selection of health information for all users, and through a service delivered by trained library staff for this programme. Look out for special books collection, online health resources, programme of events from January to March with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy.

Strategy for Public Libraries, Public Consultation

Minister RingThe Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring T.D., is seeking submissions in respect of the Government's new Public Library Strategy 2018-2022. The new Strategy will underpin the continued development of the public library system over the next five years and position the public library at the centre of the community, meeting the information, learning and cultural needs of individuals and communities. The new Strategy is being developed by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Local Government Management Agency and Local Authorities.

Right: Minister Ring was joined by First Year students from Sandford Park School at Pearse Street Library in Dublin. (View larger image)

View an overview of the Strategy and relevant consultation documents

Embroidered postcards from First World War

WW1 Christmas postcardDCLA Manuscript of the Month December 2017:Embroidered postcards from First World War

Soldiers fighting at the Front welcomed any opportunity to write to their loved ones.  Seeing an opening, many individuals issued postcards for sale, including embroidered ones.  These were made by French and Belgian women many of whom had lost husbands and brothers in the war and welcomed this chance to make a little money.  The designs were picked out on gauze and worked in coloured silks to create an image.  The finished gauze was mounted on a cardboard frame and the postcard was then ready for sale.

Image right: Postcard with forget-me-nots and horse shoe theme: "With Greetings for Christmas and the New Year: Good Luck and Happy Days". Monica Roberts Collection, Ref. RDFA1.09.006cardA. (See larger version)