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Author Spotlight: Sebastian Barry

readingSebastian Barry is an Irish novelist, playwright, and poet, he was named laureate for Irish Fiction 2019-2021. He is noted for his literary writing style and is one of Ireland’s finest writers. His book Secret Scripture won the 2008 Costa Book of the year. He also won the Costa Book of the year in 2017 for his book, Days without End, becoming the first novelist to win the prestigious prize twice. Each of his novels imagines and expands the history of one of the author's ancestors and he mines his colourful family history for stories.

Three stories from The Long Gaze Back

Michelle Read In this episode of the DCLA podcast, Michelle Read reads the first three stories featured in The Long Gaze Back. Michelle Read, is an actor and voice artist and an advocate of reading aloud for adults. She reads ‘The Purple Jar’ by Maria Edgeworth; ‘Frank's Resolve’ by Charlotte Riddell; ‘Poisson d'Avril’ by Somerville and Ross.

Recorded at the LexIcon on 12 April 2018, with thanks to Marian Keyes Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries for making the audio available to us.

Spring into Storytime with Duck! Rabbit!

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Duck! Rabbit!’ written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. This is a funny book based on an optical illusion. Is the picture a duck or a rabbit? What do you think?

How do they do it? Hoonuit

videoHoonuit (pronounced “Who knew it”) is the feeling you get when you learn something new. What is Hoonuit? Well, it's a an online learning resource (STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) that you can access from anywhere. All you need is your library card and pin. On your first visit, create a new account (inputting your Dublin City library membership card number) and complete registration for the 'Hoonuit on the spot training' option. You should use the same email address as for other RBdigital products.

Spring into Storytime with How Do You Read to a Rabbit?

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘How Do You Read to a Rabbit?’ written and illustrated by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow.  This is a funny story about the problems trying to read to different types of animals.

Portraits of Women Writers, Activists and Artists in Early 20th Century

Sarah Celia HarrisonIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, Jessica Fahy examines the choices made in the portrayal of significant Irish women by leading artists of the day. How a woman is presented in portraiture says a lot about how society views women at that time, and may even still inform our opinions today, while their self-portraits often reveal their identities as the women saw themselves. 

Celebrate Africa Day 2020 at Dublin City Libraries

logoToday is Africa Day, designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity, on 25 May each year. Why not explore African literature, newspapers, magazines and music through Dublin City Libraries’ eResources? This list is just a taster of some of the great content available – we encourage you to explore Borrowbox, Pressreader and Freegal for more!
Happy Africa Day 2020!

Spring into Storytime with Always

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Always’, written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre. This is a charming story about how devoted a dog can be.

Great recommended reads for children

childrenIf you’ve ever been trapped reading a boring book to a young person, I feel your pain. These books are NOT boring. They’re really well written, beautiful and interesting. Even better, they’re about magic, strange happenings, special powers, and mysterious characters. What’s not to love?

Faith: Embracing life in all its uncertainty

readingIn this book Tim Costelloe examines the concept of faith on many levels, moving from his own personal experience to wider society and the various cultures and institutions that shape the world in which we live. Outlining the impact of historical religious events e.g. the Reformation as well as more recent tribal ones e.g. the war in Rwanda, he emphasises the significance of one’s values or lack of, on the life that’s lead.