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Forfas Collections

Forfás, in association with Dublin City Public Libraries provide a collection of Forfás reports here in the Business Library, for your perusal. Forfás is the national policy advisory body for enterprise and science in Ireland and since its establishment in 1994, Forfás has championed independent and rigorous research, advice and support in areas of enterprise and science policy.

So what can Forfás offer me?

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Music in Dublin City Public Libraries

Fiddler on the RoofDublin City Public Libraries has a significant music collection with most branches providing a range of music and music literature.

The main body of the collection is located in the Music Library. The library which is located in the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, offers an expansive resource for music students and music lovers alike. Whether you are a connoisseur or an occasional dabbler, the music library has a lot to offer free of charge.

The Library makes available in a broad range of formats, either recorded, in the case of CD's, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs & CD ROMs or printed as with Vocal Scores (Opera, Musicals) Miniature Scores, Sheet Music, Libretti and Songbooks (lieder, traditional ballads or modern).

Census 2011

Census Night - April 10th - is nearly on us. If you need advice on filling out the questionnaire, there is a guide available at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries.

The Step-by-Step Guide to Filling in the Census 2011 form is a comprehensive guide, explaining all aspects of answering the questions, including privacy concerns and how to return people absent on the night.

Italian Crime Novels Aplenty

August HeatItalian, or Italian-based, crime novels I have always enjoyed, and there are plenty of authors to choose from. My favourite has to be Andrea Camilleri, the Sicilian writer and creator of Inspector Salvo Montalbano. The Montalbano series are full of humour, the Sicilian landscape, Sicilian society and food! Montalbano loves his food! There is not a concentration on the mafia, just in case you might think there might be, which for me is good, but it is never far away. The crimes can be of ones of passion or greed or revenge, and the author does not go into morbid details, which may be a relief to some also. I always wait impatiently for the next instalment of Camilleri's genius. The first in the series is The Shape of Water (English translation 2002, original Italian 1994), while I await the arrival this June of the twelfth in the series, The Track of Sand. Each book has been such a huge pleasure to read, I always hate getting to the end.

Learning to drive

Driver Theory TestWhether you are about to sit your driver theory test or preparing to do the practical driving test, your local library is a one stop shop for all your needs! From application forms to books and CD-ROMS, the library has everything you need to help you on your way to becoming a competent and confident driver.

Sitting your driver theory test will be your first step, and the Official Driver Theory Test book and Driver Theory Test CD-ROM are available for you to borrow in any Dublin City Public Library. Once you pass the theory test and get your Learners Permit, preparing for and passing your practical driving test will be your next challenge!

Get It! – The Irish Driving Test is an excellent book, available from Dublin City Public Libraries, which covers many aspects of the practical driving test – from knowing what the various road signs mean, to parking and roundabouts.

Knitting

These days knitting is news.  There have been several theories bandied about about why this is.  Some of the theories espoused in the US were connected with a need for security that was felt in the US after September 11th.  There are other theories that suggest that people want better fitting and more personalised clothing, whatever the reason, knitting and other crafts are taking an upswing.

In Ireland, and indeed Dublin, there are meetings almost daily, and these are the publicly known ones. Knitting groups meet on a weekly or monthly basis in Dublin City Libraries. Irish Knitting also has a log of all the groups it could find both in Dublin and throughout Ireland The Dublin Knit Collective regularly interviews Dublin Knitters and Crocheters  If you haven't joined yet, Ravelry is both a wonderful resource and a time-sink, it's free to join and there are a number of Irish groups on it and some Irish Shop linked groups as well

There are many Irish knitters, Crocheters and crafters who blog about crafts (and some who blog about other things).  The Irish Knitting blog was founded in order to address an issue of visibility of Irish Knitters and Crocheters and expanded somewhat since it started.  They try to do a weekly update with what's happening in the Irish Crafty World.

Dublin City Public libraries has a number of books on knitting, from older to new.

Phoenix Con in 2011

I'm an unashamed Fantasy and Science Fiction Reader.  I firstly blame my uncle who gave me a box set of the Chronicles of Narnia when I made my Communion and later a neighbour who answered my mother's plea to save her from having to buy a lot of books for the summer when I was 11 or 12 by introducing me to Andre Norton's Witch World and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels (

Learning Opportunities at the Open Learning Centre

Want to learn a new language or just brush up on your school French? Or would you like to improve your computer skills or acquire new ones? If so, we at the Open Learning Centre can help you. We're located in the Central Library in the Ilac Centre and provide free self-learning courses in both language and computer skills.

Take Me Up To Monto!

Dublin Buildings

Anyone with an interest in old photos of Dublin should take a wander down Foley Street and have a look at The Lab's exhibition 'The Lab Looks Back'. The exhibition depicts the history of Foley Street - formerly Montgomery Street and one of Europe's most notorious red-light districts - in a series of photos dating from the 1910s, 1930s, and 1970s. Bravo to all involved!

Lunchtime Concerts and Talks

The Music Library, which is part of Dublin City Public Libraries, has run a series of lunchtime concerts and talks in the library over the last two years, which usually take place on Thursdays at 1p.m. Concerts so far have averaged one per month, sometimes two.

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