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Communiversity - free university course at your library

StudyingOn Thursday 29th June 2017 the participants of the Communiversity  programme took a trip out to the University of Ireland at Maynooth to receive their well earned certificates in the august surrounds of Renehan Hall.

The Communiversity initiative is a free university course held locally in libraries. The Dublin City Public Libraries branches of Coolock, Ballyfermot, Dolphin’s Barn and Walkinstown facilitated an ever expanding programme. The day in Maynooth brought together friends, family, tutors and administrators to celebrate the success of this brilliant initiative.

Books to build new skills for your baby/toddler

Clap hands here come the puppiesWe had our last sessions of the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs on Tuesday, 27 June.  To celebrate, we had a little party for each group with jellies, sweets, juices and bubble mixtures.  The sessions had good attendances again with over 20 people at each group.

The Baby Book Club final book choice was Clap Hands Here Come the Puppies.  This book is aimed at babies and young toddlers.  The book is designed to develop sensory, language and physical awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The book also encourages little ones to clap hands – a skill that most babies acquire by the age of 6 months.  It’s an ideal read for at home and on trips.  We sang ‘Six Little Dogs’ to the tune of ‘Six Little Ducks’ to complement the story.

Sinead de Valera

The Emerald Ring by Sinead de ValeraJane Flanagan was from Munster Street in Phibsborough. Born in 1878, she remembered as a young girl following the cortege of Charles Stewart Parnell to Glasnevin. Flanagan’s family had moved to Phibsborough from Balbriggan when her father Laurence, a carpenter, had worked on the refurbishment of St. Peter’s Church. While she was working as teacher at St. Francis Xavier’s school near Dorset Street during 1899 Jane joined the Gaelic League. Thereafter she used the first name ‘Sinead.’

The Emerald Ring by Sinead de Valera.

Flanagan joined Inghínidhe na hÉireann, one of the first nationalist women’s organizations. She also acted in Irish language plays and taught the language to beginners, among them Seán T. O’Kelly, Ernest Blythe and Eamon de Valera. She met de Valera in 1909 and they spent that summer at an Irish college in Co. Mayo. They married in January 1910. By 1916 they had three children and were living in Morehampton Road. <--break->

Summer Stars 2017 Reading Challenge

Summer Stars

Join the Summer Stars Reading Adventure at Dublin City Public Libraries!

To take part in the National Reading Campaign, children are invited to register for the adventure at their local library and to read eight books over the summer months to complete the challenge! There will be rewards and incentives along the way and an Awards Day in September in each library.

Children can write a review of the book and submit it to www.summerstars.ie where they can also find colouring pages and activities.

Tipping off de Valera

de ValeraEamon de Valera was one of the republican prisoners who arrived back in Dublin to a tumultuous welcome on 21 June 1917. Already popularly known as one of the most senior veterans of the Rising, he became a nationwide personality when elected as MP for East Clare on 10 July 1917. At this point de Valera was living in Phibsborough, at the family home of his wife Sinead.

Image: "Irish Rebellion, May 1916. Ed. de Valera (Commandant of the Ringsend Area) Sentenced to Death; sentence commuted to Penal Servitude for life." (see larger version)

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa wins 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

José Eduardo AgualusaAngolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

Image: José Eduardo Agualusa. Credit: Rosa Cunha

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House today.

Check our catalogue for A General Theory of Oblivion

Home Energy Kit wins EU Sustainable Energy Award!

HESK awardWe are very happy to announce that the Home Energy Saving Kit has won the Consumers Category at the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2017. The winners were named at a ceremony at Salle des Miroirs, Résidence Palace, Brussels on Tuesday 20 June. The judges commented on the transferable nature of the Home Energy Saving Kit and praised its ease of use and potential to benefit a range of users - householders, business and schools.

Image: Anne-Marie Kelly, Dublin City Public Libraries and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema accept the award. (see larger image)

“We are absolutely delighted to accept this EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Home Energy Saving Kit.  This is the first scheme of its kind in Ireland, so it’s great to have it recognised at an EU-level here today.  Codema’s unique relationship with Dublin City Council Libraries has made it possible to bring the kit into hundreds of homes across Dublin, making the city a greener place to be and helping our citizens to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.” Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema

World Refugee Day 2017

UNHCRTuesday 20 June marks World Refugee Day and the UNHCR are asking us to read a book about refugees. Reading fiction and autobiography is an excellent way to explore human experiences and foster empathy and understanding in both children and adults.

There is a great variety of books written about refugees - including award-winning fiction – and books by refugees themselves. Why not borrow one of these for you your local library? Do you have a book club? Maybe you would consider adding one of these titles to the reading list.

Historians in Residence – exciting new public history project

HistoriansDublin City Council has put history and communities at the heart an innovative new project which builds on last year’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising. The centenary of the Rising saw unprecedented engagement with history in the city as hundreds of thousands of citizens, visitors and community groups remembered this pivotal moment in our history.  Now Dublin City Council has recruited six Historians-in-Residence to build on this enormous public interest in history. The historians are working across the city and are talking history with the general public, community groups and schools from now until January 2018 and can be contacted at commemorations@dublicity.ie<--break->.

Historians-in-Residence pictured l-r:  Back row: Brian Hanley, Cormac Moore and Donal Fallon; Front row: Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil and Darragh Gannon

Reel Pride: Top 10 LGBTQ films

PrideLGBTQ Pride is here again! Traditionally celebrated throughout the month of June, this year Dublin Pride 2017 march will be taking place on Saturday 24th June assembling from 11am onwards at St. Stephen’s Green, departing at 2.00pm and finishing-up at Smithfield.  See: http://dublinpride.ie

Dublin City Council has for a long time been and remains a proud and enthusiastic supporter of this event and Dublin City Public Libraries have for several years hosted LGBTQ themed book displays / promotions in line with our strong commitment to LGBTQ inclusion and equality.

Of course, libraries are not just about the written word but information, education and entertainment in all their varied formats so we thought at Rathmines Library this year that we might showcase an array of films of LGBTQ interest – REEL PRIDE! While there are too many titles to mention, please see below a small (admittedly subjective) selection of some of the very best. Of course, no one need have an interest in LGBTQ themes to enjoy these titles – they all warrant viewing and are brilliant productions in their own right!

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