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"Introduction to SQL" with Universal Classes

databases Our colleague, Mairead, recently completed the SQL course on Universal Class available in our eResources. You can print a certificate on completion of the course and this is useful for people upskilling. This is her experience. If you are interested in Databases I would highly recommend this course.

Our Feathered Friends

starlingNow is a wonderful time to start watching and supporting our feathered friends. It is even a great time to listen to them, given that the noise from traffic on our roads and the skies is much reduced. Seagulls in particular, are very plentiful at the moment, and it sometimes seems as if they are the only birds around.

Spring into Storytime with A Penguin Story

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘A Penguin Story’, written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis. This is a story about Edna, a penguin who only knows about three colours, black, white and blue. So, she goes on a quest to discover more colours.

Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press Online

laptopHave you ever wished to get an overview of a subject but were unsure where to start? Why not try Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press, this collection of 600 books cover a range of subjects in the Arts, Law, Medicine, Sciences and Social Sciences from Abolitionism to Zionism and everything in between. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Irish Women Artists and Modernism

Girl in White In this episode of the DCLA podcast, Jessica Fahy explores the fascinating connection between Irish women artists and the advent of modernism in Ireland from the early 20th century to the 1970s. Jessica talks about what Marian Hartigan called "The Quiet Revolution" which was the introduction of modern art to Ireland, almost exclusively by women. Jessica discusses their influences and how they reimagined and interpreted the artists and movements that inspired them.

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!

Summer reading: book recommendations

readingBook recommendations from Eimear from the relief staff panel, one historical true crime and a mix of fiction genres. With the brighter days and good weather making an appearance these book ideas might take your mind off things for a short time and give you a much needed break. Fiction writing can teach us a lot about society and humanity. Reading fiction contributes to a person's moral psychological development and their ability to have empathy or understanding. It enhances out ability to connect with each other. It makes us a little bit more aware and informed.

Spring into Storytime with Castle on Hester Street

book title For this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Castle on Hester Street’, written by Linda Heller and illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Julie enjoys listening to her grandfather’s stories about how he started a new life in New York after travelling from Russia…even if his stories are very, very different from her grandmother’s versions.

Dublin City Libraries Book Delivery Service for Cocooners

Box of Books Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with the Dublin Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce the launch of a book delivery service for people who are cocooning.

If you or your loved one are cocooning and would like to avail of this service, library staff will take your request and organise the delivery of the items to your home, with the help of volunteers from the Dublin Volunteer Centre. All items are on long loan, there are no overdue fines or fees and access to the service is always FREE.

Message from the City Librarian

Mairead Owens Hello Everyone,
It has been a busy few weeks as we get used to delivering the DCC library service in a different way. We hope that you are trying the various options now offered to you digitally from e-books, newsletters, magazines and music to the many online courses.
The Government has announced that public libraries may open from the 8th of June. As you can imagine this will be a challenge for all of us. Please be assured that library staff will embrace all the changes that will come our way as we seek to provide the library service across the City of Dublin.