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The Dublin Covid-19 Pandemic Collection

Dame Street The Covid-19 pandemic, and the lockdown which has come with it, is an historic moment in the life of our city. As a result, Dublin City Library and Archive are eager to collect material that documents the experience of our city and those that reside within it.

We know our city is made up of many people, having many different experiences at this time, and everyone’s experience is valid, so if you’re happy to share it, please do!

Dickens.150 years of entertainment.

DickensCharles Dickens, one of the most popular and accessible novelists died 150 years ago in June 1870. His novels are still popular and they have been adapted for television and cinema. They have been turned into popular musicals on stage and screen. Many novelists have acknowledged his influence and expressed admiration for his novels.

Spring into Storytime with The First Music

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘The First Music’, written by Dylan Pritchett and illustrated by Erin Bennett Banks. When the animals get together, they discover that the noise that they have been making is also wonderful music.

Changing workplaces: Broadstone Station, Phibsborough

BroadstoneMany of Dublin’s most striking buildings tell us stories about the past, not least in how travel into and around the city has changed over the years. If you are taking the Luas to the Technical University Dublin (TU Dublin) campus at Grangegorman, you can alight at the Broadstone stop.

Spring into Storytime with Snap!

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Snap!’ written by Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Every time Evan tries to draw, something happens to the crayons. They break, get crushed and even get blown away. Evan uses the bits of crayons that are left over and the results are better than he could imagine.

Author Spotlight: Sebastian Barry

readingSebastian Barry is an Irish novelist, playwright, and poet, he was named laureate for Irish Fiction 2019-2021. He is noted for his literary writing style and is one of Ireland’s finest writers. His book Secret Scripture won the 2008 Costa Book of the year. He also won the Costa Book of the year in 2017 for his book, Days without End, becoming the first novelist to win the prestigious prize twice. Each of his novels imagines and expands the history of one of the author's ancestors and he mines his colourful family history for stories.

Three stories from The Long Gaze Back

Michelle Read In this episode of the DCLA podcast, Michelle Read reads the first three stories featured in The Long Gaze Back. Michelle Read, is an actor and voice artist and an advocate of reading aloud for adults. She reads ‘The Purple Jar’ by Maria Edgeworth; ‘Frank's Resolve’ by Charlotte Riddell; ‘Poisson d'Avril’ by Somerville and Ross.

Recorded at the LexIcon on 12 April 2018, with thanks to Marian Keyes Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries for making the audio available to us.

Spring into Storytime with Duck! Rabbit!

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Duck! Rabbit!’ written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. This is a funny book based on an optical illusion. Is the picture a duck or a rabbit? What do you think?

How do they do it? Hoonuit

videoHoonuit (pronounced “Who knew it”) is the feeling you get when you learn something new. What is Hoonuit? Well, it's a an online learning resource (STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) that you can access from anywhere. All you need is your library card and pin. On your first visit, create a new account (inputting your Dublin City library membership card number) and complete registration for the 'Hoonuit on the spot training' option. You should use the same email address as for other RBdigital products.

Spring into Storytime with How Do You Read to a Rabbit?

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘How Do You Read to a Rabbit?’ written and illustrated by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow.  This is a funny story about the problems trying to read to different types of animals.