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We’re going paperless!

paperlessBut don’t worry, we’re not getting rid of the books!

From 6th June 2017 we will no longer be sending out printed overdue notices by post and will only send out overdue notices by email or text message.

Get your notices by email

It’s easy to sign up to receive notices by email and in addition to getting overdue notices by email you will:

  • Get a courtesy reminder that your books are due back three days before they are due – no more fines for overdue books!
  • Get another reminder the day your books are due back - no more fines for overdue books!!
  • Get a message by email as soon as an item you requested is ready for collection – pickup that book you’ve been waiting for and get reading!
  • Get a courtesy reminder when your library membership is up for renewal, for uninterrupted library service!

Rose Mary Savage, Voluntary Aid Detachment, RDFA /107 Collection at DCLA

Rose Mary Savage12th May is Nurses Day when around the world people are celebrating nursing, on what was Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  The Royal College of Nurses theme this year is #nursesheroes and one nurse which most definitely is deserving of this title is Rose Mary Savage (1893-1983), whose personal papers was donated to Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive at Dublin City Library and Archives, and have recently been catalogued.

Mansion House Visit

Mansion HouseOn the evening of the 10th April 2017 Dr. Mary Clark (Archivist) Dublin City Libraries and Archives organised a group tour of the Mansion House at the request of her colleague Veronica Coffey, who has a partial impairment. Veronica co-ordinated the group of Visually Impaired people and her sighted friends from “The National League of the Blind Trust” to visit this historic building.

There were sixteen in the group. We were given a warm welcome and everyone felt very much at ease with an unexpected cup of tea/coffee arranged for us. We were greeted by Dr. Mary Clark, Alastair Smeaton (former colleague) was our chief photographer. We received a personal introduction to the Lord Mayor Brendan Carr. The Lord Mayor specifically gave up his time to have his photo taken with the group.  Some totally blind people got to inspect his medal and chain of office.

Discover the magic of reading!

Time for a bathLast week, the Baby Book Club read a story that’s designed to help parents with practical life experiences, namely bath time.  ‘Time for a Bath’ is written by Phyllis Gershator and David Walker.  It contains a very simple story about a mother and a baby bunny and the messy activities they share that lead up to baby bunny’s bath time routine.  It’s a beautifully illustrated book that would also be perfect as a bedtime read!  We sang ‘Three Little Ducks Went Out One Day’.  This is a nice action song to sing with your baby in the bath.

Books that tell a different story!

sculpturesWe have a wonderful exhibition in our Central Library this month of sculptures made out of damaged books that had been discarded. The items in the exhibition are by students involved in the Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP), a programme that builds on their basic skills of literacy and numeracy and their personal and social skills.

We've had a very positive response to the exhibition so we thought we would share a little of it by way of some photos and comments received. We must congratulate the students for the hard work they put in to creating the variety of sculptures and other material in the exhibition.

Some of the comments received:-

"I am amazed by the creativity of these artists, it's very impressive, very talented people"

"very inventive, great to see such imaginative works"

Dining in Dublin: 150 Years of Eating Out in Ireland’s Capital

Coffee InnWhat’s it like to eat in Dublin? As this image gallery shows, Dublin boasts a rich and varied food history that includes everything from haute cuisine to kosher pickles to a “Wan an’ Wan” by the Liffey. Some of the Dublin eateries in these pictures came in and out of existence within just a few years, making their stories harder to trace. Others evolved into cultural institutions, famous not only for their food but for their contribution to the vibrancy of Dublin life. All have enriched the flavour of the city on the Liffey.

View the Dining in Dublin Image Gallery

"Bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes"

It's a Little BabyMaria Sheahan (Librarian and Book Club Facilitator) read ‘It’s a Little Baby’ by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb with the Baby Book Club last week.  This book introduces your baby to the concept of hide-and-seek with its lift-the-flap features.  We covered a simple action rhyme entitled ‘Peekaboo’ to accompany the story.  Julia Donaldson has written many wonderful books for children of all ages  You will find plenty of her stories available for loan at Dublin City Libraries.

News from Nelson: Sources

NelsonI am pleased to relate that my colleagues at Dublin City Library & Archive are always working diligently on my behalf and they have compiled a source-list of materials in the Reading Room should you wish to find out more about my Goodself.

Periodically, the Minutes and Reports of Dublin City Council tell of plans to relocate me to Merrion Square, to erect statues to Tone and others in my place  and to help ease the capital’s growing traffic problems by removal of my Pillar altogether. In July 1919, at the first meeting of the Irish War Memorial Committee (records held at Dublin City Archives), it was suggested that my Pillar be converted to the national memorial monument to Irishmen who fell in the Great War. Various proposals for replacing my Pillar emerged from 1988 onwards, until eventually The Millennium Spire was put in place. It is, in its own way, the new Pillar of Dublin.

Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History, 2017-2018

Oral HistoryThe Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History is offered by Dublin City Council as part of its commitment to life-long learning. The course will equip participants with skills in the preparation and conduct of oral history projects, including best practice in the collection and archiving of oral history interviews. It examines the wealth of recorded oral narrative sources in Ireland in both oral history and folklore. Commencing in Sept 2017 the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History will be taught at Dublin City Library & Archive,138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  Classes are held on Monday evenings to facilitate attendance by a broad range of people. 

** The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 15th September 2017 **

Feeling the itch to get writing?

Dublin in the Coming TimesBookings are now being taken for a series of Creative Writing Workshops in Rathmines Library. The sessions will be held at 6.00pm on the 8, 15 and 22 May, courtesy of the Dublin in the Coming Times initiative. We are hoping to form a regular creative writing group from those attending the workshops, so if you have ever felt the yen to get your thoughts down on paper or start that novel that has been brewing inside for years, why not come along?

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