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Hitting the right note at the Music Library

Peter MocDid you know that in Dublin City’s music library we hold regular popular music events? Some of our very successful recent events included a drumming workshop with Neil Dowling, a recital with Chilian pianist Nelson Olivares and Irish song-writer and singer Shay Cotter, and a talk and performance of Duke Ellington’s music by Czech guitarist Peter Moc (pictured right).

Come join us in December and nourish the soul at lunchtime with The Notabelles – A female barbershop chorus singing a Christmas Medley on Monday 11th Dec, and on Wednesday 13th Dec Aileen Cahill and the students of Maynooth College present “Jingle all the Way” carols to celebrate the Christmas season.

Costa Book Award 2017 Shortlist announced!

Costa Book AwardsCongratulations to the three Irish authors shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards! Dublin born Karl Geary's moving debut Montpelier Parade is proving very popular with reviewers and readers. This beautifully written book set in 1980s Dublin, tells the love story of sixteen year old Sonny and a beautiful older woman.  Sarah Crossan's seventh book, Moonrise has been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Awards. It's another fantastic read from this innovative author, of whom we are big fans! Northern Irish poet, and Trinity alumni Sinéad Morrissey is no stranger to awards, having won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2014 for Parallax. Her latest collection On Balance, shortlisted for the Costa Poety Award, has already won the Forward Prize for Poetry. Best of luck to all three!

The category winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 and the Costa Book of the Year on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Reading Room maintenance works

Reading RoomDue to essential maintenance works, we regret that there will be restricted services and reduced seating (including study spaces) in the Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive from Monday 20th November until mid-December.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please note that as part of these works, the Reading Room will be closed to the public on Saturday 25th November.

Borrow the Irish Book Awards 2017 shortlists

Irish Book awardsThe Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 shortlists were announced on 2 November and they are packed full of fantastic reads! There's something for everyone whether you're into crime fiction, non-fiction, cooking, sports, history,  or are looking for something to tempt the younger readers in your family. They are all ready to borrow from our libraries now! Don't forget to vote for your favourites and you'll be in with a chance of winning National Book Tokens.  Visit the Award website to register your vote before closing date midday 23 November!

The winners will be announced on 28 November.

The Irish Book Award categories and shortlisted titles are as follows (with links to our catalogue):-

New Library Mobile App!

Mobile appWe are delighted to announce the availability of our free mobile app for Android and iOS devices. With our library app on your mobile device you'll have a quick and convenient way of

  • searching the library catalogue,
  • accessing and managing your library account,
  • reserving and renewing items,
  • locating your nearest branch library and its opening hours,
  • viewing a list of upcoming library events,
  • downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eComics and eGraphic novels, and
  • accessing a wealth of online resources courtesy of your library membership.

The app is available from both the Google Play store and the iTunes App store.  So get downloading now!

Manuscript of the Month: Grant of arms to the Dublin Guild of Tailors, 1655

Tailors' ArmsThe very existence of this document is somewhat surprising, as it was issued during the Cromwellian inter-regnum in Ireland, a regime that despised ostentatious show. Nevertheless, ‘Richard Carney, Principall Herald of Armes for the whole Dominion of Ireland’ prepared this grant of arms to the Dublin Guild of Tailors in 1655.  This guild was founded in 1418 by royal charter and was second in order of precedence in the Dublin City Assembly.  The grant of arms states that the Dublin guild used the arms of the Merchant Taylors of London but that it had now applied for arms in its own right.  Carney concurs with this request, ‘in perpetuall memorie of (not onlie the ever constant Loyaltie of the said Cittie of Dublin and the many greate and famous services by them done the Commonwealth).’  The grant is issued on parchment and the top portion consists of three coats of arms, those of Ireland (left) and Dublin (right) with the arms of the Commonwealth in the centre; their inclusion indicates support for this grant. The Tailors’ arms is in the left panel, with its motto ‘Nudus et Opervistis Me’ (I was naked and you clothed me) a quotation from the New Testament (Matt. 25, 36). Elements of the coat of arms include the head of John the Baptist (whose feast was the guild’s swearing-in day, 24 June).  The guild colours were white and watchett (light blue) and these are referenced in the arms.

Dublin City Writers in Residence

WritingDublin City Council is pleased to announce that Declan Burke and Elizabeth Reapy have been appointed as Dublin City Writers in Residence. The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by Dublin City Public Libraries through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by The Irish Writers’ Centre.

The residency will allow time for the writers’ own work, in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and with groups associated with Dublin City Public Library branch libraries across the city.

10×10 Stories from Finland

Finnish BooksThe Central Library was delighted to receive a donation of Finnish books recently.  The Finnish Institute in London is celebrating the centenary of Finland's independence by highlighting the importance of literacy, literature and libraries. '10x10 Stories from Finland' campaign has collected 100 books written by Finnish authors, translated into English, in cooperation with British publishing houses. The books are being donated to 10 different libraries around the UK and Ireland during 2017.
 
The selection of the books include a wide range of literature including both modern masterpieces and beloved classics, including the Finnish national epic Kalevala. There are books by some of Finland's most celebrated contemporary authors Rosa Liksom, Ulla-Lena Lundberg, Timo Parvela, Lars Sund and Antti Tuomainen.

News from Nelson: Love me please!

Nelson's PillarAs I mentioned in my last blog, I went on top of Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin which was inaugurated with great fanfare on 29 October 1809 (Dublin First and Always). I had a great view, and with my one good eye I could see as if I had a spyglass, everything was magnified.  And of course when people climbed my Pillar I could hear what they were saying to each other – and in this way I knew what was going on in this great city which was my new abode.

As the century unfolded, it soon became apparent that not everybody loved me as much as I loved myself.  How could this be – the great hero of Trafalgar?  Listen to this: ‘At the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council of 2 November 1885 a letter from the architect and engineer John L. Robinson, C.E., M.R.I.A.I., of Great Brunswick Street, was read calling for the desirability of removing Nelson’s Pillar from its present position to a more suitable site.

2018 International Dublin Literary Award longlist announced

Literary Award logo7 Irish novels are among 150 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.  Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2018 Award was launched today, 6 November by Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha, Patron of the Award, who commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.  ‘Dublin – a UNESCO City of Literature - is renowned throughout the world as a city of writers. There’s no doubt that our rich literary and cultural life makes Dublin a great destination for tourists, for students, and for overseas businesses. It also makes for a better quality of life for all of us who live and work in our capital.  Is cathair litríochta í Baile Átha Cliath’ he said.

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