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French crime writer extraordinaire

Fred VargasThink crime fiction, think France, and the name that ought to come to mind is that of Fred Vargas. In my estimation one of the best fiction crime writers around today. Vargas, born Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau in Paris in 1957, is an archaeologist, historian political agitator and crime writer, but best known for the latter. She, along with her twin sister, adopted the name Vargas having seen the film 'The Barefoot Contessa' starring Ava Gardner. She is BIG in France, but elsewhere too, and rightly so. Vargas's works can be bizarre, quirky, humourous, refreshing, are definitely imaginative, and certainly well written.  Her series starring Commissaire Adamsberg you will find a joy to read; I waited so impatiently for the latest instalment, An Uncertain Place (2011), which I read in June.

Bibliotherapy: the power of words

What is Bibliotherapy?

Bibliotherapy brochure

Explore The World of Operetta

La Belle HeleneJoin Michael Grant on Tuesdays 6th, 13th & 20th September @ 1p.m. to explore the World of Operetta. Michael, who presents specialist music programmes on RTE Lyric FM,  has delivered a number of talks at the Music Library and has proved to be a very entertaining and informative speaker.

  • Tuesday 6th September: French Fizz

Michael will explore the operettas of Jacques Offenbach and some lesser known but equally brilliant French composers in the genre, Louis Varney, Edmond Audran, Charles Lecocq.

back to school

Autumn’s coming up, and with it starts the rounds of evening classes and part-time study. Alongside individual college brochures, each library branch holds guides to full time, part time, and online day and evening courses to help you choose one that suits. Returning to study can be rewarding – learning a new skill, a language, obtaining a qualification. It can also be daunting, particularly if it’s a long time since you were last in a classroom;  but there are lots of good guides available to help get you up and running, and freshen up your study skills.

The Good Study Guide by Andrew NorthedgeThe Good study guide by Andrew Northedge, from the Open University, is well laid out, written in clear language, and full of tips on time management, reading and note-taking skills, and essay writing.

Authentic Irish Voices in Novels for Teens

The Real RebeccaIn my earlier blog posts I've mentioned the amazing talent Ireland is producing in illustrators and picturebook creators - but recently I've also noticed that Irish authors are writing very interesting books for older children and teenagers. In fact, you could do worse than have a read of them yourself - even if it's a long, long time since you were a teenager!

'The Real Rebecca' by first time author Anna Carey, is a light-hearted tale of a real Dublin schoolgirl, Rebecca, whose otherwise ordinary life is made miserable when her mother (more mortifying than most, it seems) writes a book about a cringe-inducing teenager and claims that Rebecca is the inspiration! I enjoyed every minute of Rebecca's predicament, then doubly enjoyed giving it to my daughter to read, to prove that I'm not the most embarrassing mother in creation - not be a long shot!

Designing Together

On the 28th June, 2011, students from 5th class, St. Gabriel's National School, shared their aspirations for Ballyfermot Library with the local community in a Sneak Peek Day.

Students showcased the prototypes of their ideas, which were developed at series of workshops with the designer Ré Dubhthaigh and architect Maxim Laroussi as part of the Designing Together programme.

Designing Together is a collaborative initiative between Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin City Architects, local schools and designers.

What happens when you're gone?

Last will and testamentHave you made a will or even considered making one? 

It is probably one of the most important things to do while you are still in sound mental health.  You can make a will yourself or get legal help from a solicitor to do so.  (I prefer the cheaper method myself!)

For the will to be valid it must be written by an over 18 and must be proved by 2 witnesses. These witnesses cannot profit from your will, and must only see your signature on the document.  They need not see how your fortune, or otherwise, will be parcelled out.

Classical Music Demystified

 Classical MusicFancy brushing up on your classical music in an enjoyable way? If so, The Eyewitness Companions: Classical Music gives an excellent overview of classical music in layman's terms.

The focus is classical music spanning the period 1000 A.D. to the present and it is  written in an easy style with beautiful illustrations to hold the reader's attention. The book is divided into ten main sections as follows.

Chislers: Images of Childhood in Dublin

Junior WardenView the Chislers Image Gallery

'Aisy, aisy, mind the chisler’.
Brendan Behan, The Confirmation Suit (1953)

This gallery consists of images of children going about their business in Dublin from the second half of the twentieth century up to the present day. It shows how Dublin’s childer and chislers filled their days from visits to the beach to dossing on street corners. It also shows the engagement of children in civic initiatives: the Junior Litter Wardens of Cabra and Ballymun, Community Pride events, Summer Projects, and the Community Games.