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Meet the Historians in Residence

HistoriansDublin City Council has a team of part-time Historians in Residence working with communities across the city. This public history project began in Spring 2017 under the auspices of the Decade of Commemorations designation within the Council, and the historians work in the five administrative areas of Dublin City  to make history and historical sources accessible and enjoyable for all.

Pictured l-r: Donal Fallon, Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil, Bernard Kelly, Cormac Mooore (view larger photo)

Dublin City Council Historians in Residence are working on all sorts of history events throughout the city including talks, walks, tours, discussions, history book clubs,  blogs, exhibitions and more. They are:

Dogs Days in Rathmines

dog by Tarsila KruseFor the month of February, Rathmines Library will be going to the dogs, or rather, the dogs will be coming to us!  Tarsila Kruse’s exhibition, 100 days of Dogs, will be visited by 200 local schoolchildren, we will be running a Paws and Claws Animals in Literature Quiz and Canine Capers, two doggy-themed films, will be shown  in the library on the afternoons of 16th and 17th February.

For schools, we will have some very special visitors to library. Their minders will also be along  tell us about the valuable work they do in the community.

Wondering what to read next?

choosing a book“I’ve read everything written by my favourite authors, what shall I read next?”  Sound familiar? Well this online resource, now available with your library membership, will help answer that dilemma.

Get book recommendations anywhere, anytime with Who Else Writes Like...?

Who Else Writes Like...? is an established reference resource and reading promotion tool. It is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read.

Story Time project highlights benefits of reading with your children

Story timeRegular reading at home with your child encourages the development of social and communication skills and improves your child's thinking, language and self-expression.

The fantastic Story Time Project aims to support reading at home and gives parents tips and suggestions on ways to read to, and with your children, such as putting on an animated voice to enliven characters.  Pausing to ask open questions such as “I wonder why.....” for instance encourages children to think, talk, ask questions, and relate the story events to their own life – thus internalising the language and using it in a context outside of the book.

This is different than the way most of us might read to our children – I read, you listen. This more interactive storytime is lots of fun and parents often find they learn new things about their children.  Parents are enthused because they understand that this is helping their children - and it is fun. Feedback is incredibly positive.

Bubble Street Gang return for 2018 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children

Making MillionsOver the next two months, children across Dublin are invited to continue the adventure with the Bubble Street Gang as Making Millions by Erika McGann is the chosen book for the 2018 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

The aim of the campaign is to promote reading for pleasure so girls and boys across the city are encouraged to pick up a copy of Making Millions, the second book about Cass and the Bubble Street Gang, in their local library or bookshop. The book is suitable for children 7-10 years.

The launch of the 2018 campaign took place today, 17 January in Pearse St Library, where enthusiastic readers of the book met the author.   

Erika McGann said, “I’m so excited and delighted that Making Millions is the 2018 Citywide Read. I live in the heart of the city and I’ve already met and shared stories with a lot of kids through Dublin City Libraries. I’m looking forward to meeting many more and to hearing their stories about secret forts, jumble sales, ghost stories and getting up to (just a little bit of) mischief.”

Extra Oxford eResources now available!

American National BiographyThis January we've added to the fantastic range of Oxford eResources on offer with your library membership. Now you can search the American National Biography online, use a range of Oxford dictionaries, and consult the Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature for free by logging in with your library card number. 

American National Biography online

Discover the lives of more than 18,000 men and women – from all eras and walks of life – who have influenced American history and culture in the acclaimed American National Biography Online (ANB).  From missionaries to musicians, social workers to statisticians, cowboys to chemists, and Vikings to astronauts, the portraits in ANB combine to reflect the rich diversity of American life from pre-colonial times to the present.

Love Leabhair Gaeilge do daoine fásta an Nollaig seo

Conaire MórTá leabhair Ghaeilge den scoth le fáil i leabharlanna áirithe Bhaile Átha Cliath an nollaig seo i gcomhar le Love Leabhair Gaeilge.

Seo rogha de leabhair Ghaeilge le daoine fásta a fháil ar iasacht (agus le daoine óga freisin!):

Conaire Mór le Diarmuid Johnson (Leabhar Breac)
Is athinsint bhríomhar bheoga atá in Conaire Mór ar an eipic Sean-Ghaeilge Togail Bruidne Da Derga — scéal a thosaíonn le rí á ghairmeadh de Chonaire agus a chríochnaíonn lena mharú brúidiúil ar bhruach na Dothra. Na hiontaisí ar fad atá i dtraidisiún na seanscéalta, tá siad ar fáil go flúirseach in imeachtaí an scéil, idir mhacghníomhartha Chonaire agus a theacht i réim, na blianta a raibh Éirinn faoi bhláth lena linn, agus an tuar báis nárbh fhéidir a shéanadh. Seo scéal nár insíodh i nGaeilge le beagnach míle bliain, ach tá Conaire Mór i réim anois arís ar deireadh. Is é an file Diarmuid Johnson a rinne an t-athscríobh ar an mbuntéacs.

Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Healthy IrelandNew: Healthy Ireland at Your Library service is now available in all local libraries across the country. The programme will enhance current health information in public libraries by providing new books, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing, a wider selection of health information for all users, and through a service delivered by trained library staff for this programme. Look out for special books collection, online health resources, programme of events from January to March with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy.

Strategy for Public Libraries, Public Consultation

Minister RingThe Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring T.D., is seeking submissions in respect of the Government's new Public Library Strategy 2018-2022. The new Strategy will underpin the continued development of the public library system over the next five years and position the public library at the centre of the community, meeting the information, learning and cultural needs of individuals and communities. The new Strategy is being developed by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Local Government Management Agency and Local Authorities.

Right: Minister Ring was joined by First Year students from Sandford Park School at Pearse Street Library in Dublin. (View larger image)

View an overview of the Strategy and relevant consultation documents

Irish Ramblers Club Archive

IRC badgeThe Irish Ramblers Club Archive is the newest addition to the Dublin City Sports Archives.  Since 2010, Dublin City Sports Archive has acquired material in written, visual and oral form, relating to a variety of sports and leisure activities from hockey, boxing, soccer, cycling, swimming and golf. The formal transfer of Irish Ramblers Club Archive was marked by a reception at Dublin City Library and Archive on 23rd November 2017, which included a talk by club historian Jack Morrissey and a poetry reading by first club president Sean Quinn.

The Irish Ramblers Club was founded in 1964 with the mission statement, “to explore, enjoy and protect our beautiful countryside”.  It has had 4000 members over a 50 year period and organises over 400 hikes per annum. The Club from the outset has taken a very proactive interest in conservation of mountains and forests of Dublin & Wicklow and has contributed to national issues – such as national parks, environmental awareness, rights of way and the development of the Wicklow Way.

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