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Vacancy - Dublin City Librarian

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Dublin City Council invites applications from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for inclusion on a panel from which vacancies for the following position may be filled:

Dublin City Librarian
Salary:                            €91,358 - €107,969 per annum
Applications must be made online at www.publicjobs.ie

Eligible:                          Suitably qualified persons
Closing Date:                 Thursday, 23rd August 2018

Three Irish Authors on 2018 Man Booker Longlist!

Man Booker logoThirteen may be considered unlucky for some, but not to the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize longlist which includes three Irish authors this year. Donal Ryan’s "From a Low and Quiet Sea" is his second nomination for the prize after "Spinning Heart" in 2013. Anna Burns and Sally Rooney both receive their first nominations for "Milkman" and "Normal People" respectively.

Kevin Street Library Re-Opening 25th July!

Kevin streetWe are delighted to announce that Kevin Street Library is set to re-open on Wednesday, 25th July following a lengthy closure for major refurbishment.

The refurbishment works were necessary in order to accommodate the requirements of a public library beyond those envisaged when the building first opened in 1904. Works included:

  • Specialist repairs to the roof and structure
  • Conservation of original architectural features
  • Restoration of original wooden shelving and flooring
  • Increased public space for study, exhibitions, community groups & children’s library (In part, facilitated by the construction of a new floor and mezzanine/gallery).
  • Universal accessibility to all areas
  • Public restrooms

"Doing their Bit": Irish Women and the First World War

Irish SuffragettesThis fab exhibition, on display in Charleville Mall Library from 1 July  to 10 August, tells a multitude of Irish women’s stories during the First World War from Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses to munitions workers, home front volunteers, anti-enlistment activists and separation women. It draws on the archival records of the Royal Dublin Fusilers Association Archive and is curated by Dublin City Library and Archive and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemoration.

What Book Clubs are all About!

BookclubThe final sessions of book clubs for younger children aged 0-3 years took place in Ballymun Library on Tuesday 24th of July.  We celebrated by having a little party filled with lots of treats.
The chosen book was ‘Not Just a Book...’ by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross.  This story teaches children and grown-ups how to enjoy books fully by using your imagination. 
It is written very cleverly with lots of funny illustrations that made us all laugh.  The tale encapsulates perfectly the pleasure family reading provides.

Mobile Library Service - August Closure

Mobile libraryThe Mobile Library service does not operate during the month of August. This allows essential maintenance and safety checks to be carried out on our vehicles, and for us to provide a service with the minimum of disruption during the other 11 months of the year.

Items may be renewed online or by telephone (Tel. 01 8691415, Monday – Friday, 9.30am - 1pm and 1.45pm - 5pm). Items may also be returned to any branch of Dublin City Public Libraries.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Be a Summer Star!

Dublin City Public Libraries have just launched our Summer Stars Reading Adventure! Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all children across the country.

The Summer Stars Reading Adventure will run during the summer in all of our libraries. Children are invited to register for the adventure and to try to read eight books over the summer months.

The North Strand Bombing, 1941

North Strand bombingDespite declaring neutrality when the conflict broke out in September 1939, Ireland came under aerial attack several times during the Second World War. Most of the incidents happened in 1940-41, while the Luftwaffe was attacking British cities and trying to degrade their air defences.

World Refugee Day 2018

UNHCRWednesday 20 June marks World Refugee Day. It is an opportunity to salute the strength and courage of refugees; the solidarity of those countries, including Ireland, who assist refugees; and the contribution refugees make to countries around the world.  To mark World Refugee Day, the UNHCR are asking us to stand together #WithRefugees and read a refugee book. Reading fiction and autobiography is an excellent way to explore human experiences and foster empathy and understanding in both children and adults.

There are many powerful first hand accounts by refugees as well as books written about refugees - including award-winning fiction. 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.

Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Local Studies, 2018 - 2019

PosterThe Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies will be offered at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, D2 on Tuesday evenings from September 2018 until April 2019.

The course consists of 100 hours part time and will equip participants with skills in researching local history and in the preparation of a dissertation. The closing date for course applications is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 24 August 2018.

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