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iFestival at the Central Library

iFestivalThe annual iFestival will be held in the Central Library, Ilac Centre from the 10th to the 30th of June 2011. This interactive exhibition will showcase the highly innovative ICT and multimedia projects undertaken by pupils in primary and secondary schools, as well as young people from community centres in Dublin's inner city. The festival, involving the work of 800 young people, will be launched in the Central Library on Friday June 10th at 12pm.

Projects will include comic making, animation, robotic lego, podcasting, computer games and multimedia. Prizes are awarded for the best entry in each category. The projects represent the culmination of a year's work by these young pupils, their teachers and facilitators under the CLIC programme - the Computer learning in Communities programme, run by the DIT Foundation. The programme co-ordinator is Ian Roller. This initiative encourages teachers to integrate information technology into the curriculum not only to enhance their IT skills but also to make learning fun and enjoyable. Students involved have shown an improvement in attendance at school as well as increased concentration and motivation. The CLiC programme is just one aspect of the DIT Community Links programme whose main objective is to alleviate educational disadvantage and to allow individuals to reach their maximum potential.

"Bloomsongs"

UlyssesTo celebrate Bloomsday, June 16th,  which is the day made famous by James Joyce in his novel "Ulysses", the Music Library in association with Winedark Productions will present "Bloomsongs", a selection of songs associated with the life and works of James Joyce. Songs featured include, "Down by the Sally Gardens", "The lark in the Clear Air" and "Love's Old Sweet Song" (Just a song at Twilight).

James Barry (Baritone) with Margot Doherty on piano will provide the music on the day. James has made a few appearances at the Lunchtime Recitals and has gone down a treat with the audiences.

May is Busy Month for Childrens Book People

October is the month for Children's Book Festival, and Christmas is the time most children's books are bought, but May is shaping up to be the busiest month in the calendar for people interested in books for children and young people - at least in Ireland - it's been a whirl of award ceremonies, book launches and 'talking heads' events and I've been lucky enough to attend many of them. I'm even getting used to seeing lollipops served alongside the wine - though I haven't tried that mixture yet!

It started with the announcement of the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards in the National Library on 16th - which I've already blogged about - congratulations again to Chris Haughton for winning the overall award with 'A Bit Lost' and to Sheena Wilkinson for receiving the Children's Choice award for her novel 'Taking Flight'. Sheena also gets the prettiest coat award for her lovely floral affair - sorry I don't have a picture!

Swedish Crime is on the Climb! (Part One)

Map of SwedenSwedish crime writing has always had a good reputation, and its popularity is greater now than ever, largely because of the movie and TV spin-offs which have served to highlight two writers in particular, namely Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. There are several others, but I will write a second post soon where I will focus on those other fabulous writers. There is just too much material for one post! So in this post I am going to concentrate on the two biggies, introducing you (as if I need to) to the books that give us those now famous characters, Liz Salander and Kurt Wallander.

Books on the go!

portable mp3 playersToo busy to read?? Did you know that Dublin City Public Libraries now houses a large selection of books on mp3 players? These portable mp3 players come with the audio book already downloaded onto them. No need to download CD’s or cassettes…all you need to do is pop in your earphones and you’re ready to go.

These players are designed with the busy reader in mind, whether you’re sitting on the train, out running, or walking into work these portable players are perfect for readers on the go. It will even remember where you stopped. You can borrow them from any Dublin City Public Library and just like books; they can be borrowed for a period of three weeks.

Directories and Yearbooks

This is a representative sample of current Irish and International Directories, Guides and Yearbooks for reference in the Business Information Centre, with a brief description of what you can expect to find in them.

Are you a job seeker looking for work?

If so the Business Information Centre can help.  We are organising a workshop with career coach Jane Downes for the 9th June, 2011 at 6.30pm.  It promises to be a great workshop and is free of charge. It is an invaluable opportunity to assist you to find the ideal job.   Please contact me at (01) 8733996 if you wish to book a place.

'A Bit Lost' named Bisto Book of the Year 2011

A Bit Lost'A Bit Lost' by Chris Haughton was named Bisto Book of the Year 2011 yesterday (May 16th) at a ceremony in the National Library. I had tipped Kevin Waldron's 'Tiny Little Fly' as a winner - so just as well I didn't put money on the results! My tip lost out to a very worthy winner - first time picturebook author and illustrator Chris Haughton, who received his award from Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Chris, from Dublin, is flying high, having only last week heard that 'A Bit Lost' was named 'Dutch Picturebook of the Year', he was also named in March as one of the U.K.'s '10 Best New Illustrators' by Book Trust. 'A Bit Lost', was also awarded the Éilís Dillon Award for best debut book for children - apparently this is the first time in the twenty-one year history of the Bisto Awards that the same book has won both awards. Interestingly, 'A Bit Lost' was first published in Korea by Borim Press, where Chris was living at the time, and is now published in English by Walker Books.

Mr Dixon's Business Collection

G Mitchell Lower Sackville StView Mr Dixon's Business Collection Gallery.

Almost 2,000 pictures compose the collection known as the Dixon Slides. The varied contents include photographs taken by Frederick Dixon in the 1960s and 1970s, book illustrations, postcards, advertisements and older photos of events around Dublin. The main focuses of the collection are Dublin city and its buildings. An important aspect covered is Dublin’s commercial life. He looked at not just contemporary stores but also earlier developments, going back to the second half of the nineteenth century. His primary sources for business in the 1800s were Industries of Dublin, The Dublin Pictorial Guide and Directory, Strattens’ Dublin, Cork and South of Ireland and advertisements from magazines and newspapers.

David Oistrakh, Artist of the People?

David Oistrakh Artiste du PeubleDavid Oistrakh, Artiste du Peuple? is a film by Bruno Monsaingeon which traces the life of David Oistrakh,  who is recognised not only as a great violinist but also as one of music's most interesting personalities. Born in Odessa in 1908 into a Jewish family of merchants, David Oistrakh lived through the troubled years of the October Revolution. At the age of five he began studying the violin and viola and went on to perform at many concerts throughout the Soviet Union playing Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and others to packed audiences. He won several prizes along the way including the Stalin Prize in 1942.

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