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Mobile Library Service Cancellation, 22 June

Mobile libraryDublin City Public Libraries regrets that the Mobile Library is unable to provide a service to Fatima (12.05pm - 1.00pm), East Wall (2.15pm - 3.15pm) and Stoneybatter (3.30pm - 4.30pm) on Thursday, 22 June.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For further information and for assistance, please call us on 8691415.

Tipping off de Valera

de ValeraEamon de Valera was one of the republican prisoners who arrived back in Dublin to a tumultuous welcome on 21 June 1917. Already popularly known as one of the most senior veterans of the Rising, he became a nationwide personality when elected as MP for East Clare on 10 July 1917. At this point de Valera was living in Phibsborough, at the family home of his wife Sinead.

Image: "Irish Rebellion, May 1916. Ed. de Valera (Commandant of the Ringsend Area) Sentenced to Death; sentence communted to Penal Servitude for life." (see larger version)

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa wins 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

José Eduardo AgualusaAngolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

Image: José Eduardo Agualusa. Credit: Rosa Cunha

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House today.

Check our catalogue for A General Theory of Oblivion

Home Energy Kit wins EU Sustainable Energy Award!

HESK awardWe are very happy to announce that the Home Energy Saving Kit has won the Consumers Category at the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2017. The winners were named at a ceremony at Salle des miroirs, Residence Palace, Brussels on Tuesday 20 June. The judges commented on the transferable nature of the Home Energy Saving Kit and praised its ease of use and potential to benefit a range of users - householders, business and schools.

Image: Anne-Marie Kelly, Dublin City Public Libraries and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema accept the award. (see larger image)

“We are absolutely delighted to accept this EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Home Energy Saving Kit.  This is the first scheme of its kind in Ireland, so it’s great to have it recognised at an EU-level here today.  Codema’s unique relationship with Dublin City Council Libraries has made it possible to bring the kit into hundreds of homes across Dublin, making the city a greener place to be and helping our citizens to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.” Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema

World Refugee Day 2017

UNHCRTuesday 20 June marks World Refugee Day and the UNHCR are asking us to read a book about refugees. Reading fiction and autobiography is an excellent way to explore human experiences and foster empathy and understanding in both children and adults.

There is a great variety of books written about refugees - including award-winning fiction – and books by refugees themselves.Why not borrow one of these for you your local library? Do you have a book club? Maybe you would consider adding one of these titles to the reading list.

Historians in Residence – exciting new public history project

HistoriansDublin City Council has put history and communities at the heart an innovative new project which builds on last year’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising. The centenary of the Rising saw unprecedented engagement with history in the city as hundreds of thousands of citizens, visitors and community groups remembered this pivotal moment in our history.  Now Dublin City Council has recruited six Historians-in-Residence to build on this enormous public interest in history. The historians are working across the city and are talking history with the general public, community groups and schools from now until January 2018 and can be contacted at commemorations@dublicity.ie<--break->.

Historians-in-Residence pictured l-r:  Back row: Brian Hanley, Cormac Moore and Donal Fallon; Front row: Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil and Darragh Gannon

Reel Pride: Top 10 LGBTQ films

PrideLGBTQ Pride is here again! Traditionally celebrated throughout the month of June, this year Dublin Pride 2017 march will be taking place on Saturday 24th June assembling from 11am onwards at St. Stephen’s Green, departing at 2.00pm and finishing-up at Smithfield.  See: http://dublinpride.ie

Dublin City Council has for a long time been and remains a proud and enthusiastic supporter of this event and Dublin City Public Libraries have for several years hosted LGBTQ themed book displays / promotions in line with our strong commitment to LGBTQ inclusion and equality.

Of course, libraries are not just about the written word but information, education and entertainment in all their varied formats so we thought at Rathmines Library this year that we might showcase an array of films of LGBTQ interest – REEL PRIDE! While there are too many titles to mention, please see below a small (admittedly subjective) selection of some of the very best. Of course, no one need have an interest in LGBTQ themes to enjoy these titles – they all warrant viewing and are brilliant productions in their own right!

The History of Social Housing in Inchicore

HI001 Riversdale House, 40 Old Kilmainham, 1914This photo gallery tells the history of social housing in Inchicore which is a suburb of Dublin, 5km west of the city centre. It traces the history of the area from tenements and one of Dublin Corporation’s first social housing schemes to the conversion of Richmond Barracks to Keogh Square then St Michael’s Estate and beyond. It challenges some of the negative perceptions about Keogh Square and St Michael’s Estate and hopes to encourage former residents to share their memories. Although Keogh Square and St Michael’s Estate dominate the narrative, they are not the only social housing in Inchicore so this gallery also includes Tyrone Place, Bulfin Court, Emmet Crescent and Thornton Heights.

View History of Social Housing in Inchicore Image Gallery.

Libraries Ireland: Access over 15 million items!

Libraries IrelandAnyone with a Dublin City library card can now use all 333 public libraries across the country, to read, browse, study, borrow items such as books, DVDs, games or other formats, use Wi-Fi, PCs and printing services.

Dublin City, in co-operation with all the public library services in Ireland,  is part of Libraries Ireland, launched in Navan Library on 29 May 2017. Speaking at the launch, Mr Damien English, T.D. Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal said “the introduction of the service by public libraries across the country is an exciting and ground-breaking initiative, the first of its kind in the world.  Every library in Ireland is effectively now your local library”.

Fairies and elves reading experience at Raheny Library

Raheny fairy gardenThis May, children from Raheny and Edenmore schools had fun discovering the magic of reading - with a little help from some fairies and elves! Over 200 children visited Raheny Library where they enjoyed a storytelling session with Lisa Yeates, arts and crafts and a tour of Raheny Library's fairy and elf garden.   Raheny Library's new garden seems to have proved an attractive holiday destination for fairies and elves! It looks like the fairies have been relaxing, pottering in the garden, playing on the swings and slide, playing football and of course catching up on their reading!

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