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Embroidery and the calming power of craft

craftHere’s one I made earlier... This is a project I made from a Mollie Makes magazine a few months ago. The message might have seemed a bit corny then but now I am reminded of the calming power of craft.

Spring into Storytime with Angus All Aglow

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Angus All Aglow’, written by Heather Smith and illustrated by Alice Carter. Angus Loves sparkly things so much that he wears his grandma’s beaded necklace to school. When he is teased, his interest in sparkly things stops…or so he thinks.

Walking in Maeve’s Shoes

Lathleen HillIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, author Kathleen Hill gives an introduction to the life and work of Maeve Brennan, and how Ranelagh and New York helped inform the themes of exile and loss that run throughout her writing. Maeve Brennan was born in Dublin in 1917. Although she grew up in Ranelagh, her family left Ireland to live in Washington D.C. when Maeve was 17.  

Kathleen reads from Brennan's novella The Visitor, and short stories 'Stories of Africa' and 'The Poor Men and Women' both published in Springs of Affection.

Business and current affairs e-magazines

magazineThe Business Library, in the Central Library has subscriptions to 150+ magazines covering all kinds of niche interests and industries, many of them the kind of titles beloved of “Have I Got News For You”. But by far and away the most popular titles are the current affairs and business titles. Now with the library closed for the time being, I’d like to encourage people to take a look at Pressreader and RBdigital.

Ask a Librarian is Here!

Aska LibrarianGot a question? Need help with something?  Our doors may not be open just yet, but your friendly Dublin City Librarians are still here and eager to help!  Starting today, Monday, 18 May, our librarians are available to answer your questions online and in real time.

While we may not be able to answer your questions on quantum physics or the meaning of life, we can help you with all things library. So whether you're looking for assistance with our online resources, book or author suggestions, or if you have any questions about reopening, get in touch using the online chat and we'll do our best to answer your questions.

Spring into Storytime with Fifty Below Zero

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Fifty Below Zero’, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Jason’s dad sleepwalks and every time Jason wakes up, he finds his dad asleep in different parts of the house, like on the fridge and in the bath. Then Jason has an idea that he hopes will solve the problem.

Freegal – Hard Rock

album coverHaving recently had a really good look into Freegal for the first time I decided to dig around and see what’s on there for those of us of a hard rock persuasion, so if the "keep calm and relax" playlist isn't for you and you have no interest in that Fiona Apple ad that seems to appear no matter what, this could be for you. I'm going to start with the bigger names and later on give a few recommendations of lesser-known bands  that I was pleasantly surprised to find on there.

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love

readingAs the pandemic mandated lock-down largely continues, albeit with some welcome easing on the horizon, there are still some wonderful opportunities for a little gentle escapism with a huge array of eBooks and eAudiobooks available with Dublin City Libraries using Borrowbox. Please note that you will need your Dublin City library card number and PIN and also to download the BorrowBox app.

If you like it dark...fiction reviews for the brave

book titleIf you like odd, dark fiction – and I mean really dark – here are some titles you may have overlooked. The best horror stories share at least five elements in common: They explore 'malevolent' or 'wicked' characters, deeds or phenomena. They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny – things are not what they seem. There is a heightened sense of the unknown and/or mysterious..

Spring into Storytime with He Came with the Couch

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘He Came with the Couch’, written and illustrated by David Slonim.  This is a funny story about what happens when Sophie’s family find the perfect couch…only to discover that something unexpected has come with it.