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Selected Shorts, part 1

the panelThe latest Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast is the first of a two part episode, "Selected Shorts", we hear actors Rose Henderson, Susie Lamb, Katie O'Kelly and Geraldine Plunkett perform readings from The Long Gaze Back – stories by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Lia Mills, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Anne Devlin. The second part will feature a discussion with the authors, chaired by Catherine Dunne. 


Be your best emotional self

logoMany of us are dealing with a rollercoaster of difficult emotions in the midst of this new reality. For the majority, this is the biggest collective curve ball we have experienced in our lifetimes. Now is the perfect opportunity to discover how best to boost mental agility and take care of our inner wellbeing. Check out our range of online mental wellness courses below and practice self-help at your own pace. Learn directly from the experts about the best ways of coping with your fears and worries and get top tips for achieving rest and relaxation. FREE and available with your Dublin City Libraries card.

Spring into Storytime with Diary of a Worm

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Diary of a Worm, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss. This is a funny story about the daily adventures of a worm, from teaching a spider how to dig, to eating your homework. You’ll never look at worms the same way again.

Survivors! Family History Online

familyFamily connections have a special significance for us at the moment, and I’ve been thinking about my great grandmother’s story espeicially. Born in the middle of a cholera epidemic, she went on to survive the long uncertain absences of her sailor husband, the death of several of her children and two world wars. Our ancestors were survivors!

Mystery reads on BorrowBox

detecti veIf you like a good detective story and are a fan of books like the Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens check these titles out, recommended for you by our colleague Veronica. Detective fiction is a sub-genre of crime and mystery fiction in which an investigator (often a detective), either professional or amateur, investigates a crime, often murder.

Borrowbox recommendation: A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button

bookcoverOur colleague Mairead recommends A life less throwaway by Tara Button. In this easily digestable book, the author puts forth a clear and well-researched argument for living a simpler/less cluttered, and thereby more meaningful life.

Spring into Storytime with Florence and Leon

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Florence and Leon, written by Simon Boulerice and illustrated by Delphie Côté-Lacroix. Florence has a problem with her lungs. Leon has a problem with his eyes. When they meet, they discover that their differences make them alike and that together, they can help each other.

Spring into Storytime with Dojo Daycare

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Dojo Daycare, written and illustrated by Chris Tougas. When the young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare, they behave so badly that their master cannot control them. Then one of the little ninjas decides to help, just in time. 

Borrowbox recommendation: Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge

 bookcoverIn Eeny Meeny, the debut novel by M. J. Arlidge, he brings us quite a unique and unconventional detective. Helen Grace is a strong female character who is likeable but is also very human and has her own demons to deal with.

Natural Selection

Farmleigh line-up In this episode of the Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast Lia Mills talks to Sinéad Gleeson, Alan Hayes, Rob Doyle and Eimear Ryan about all things anthology. How do you start to compile an anthology? What do you need to think about (before and during)? Who do you include or exclude – and how do you handle the fallout?