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Jimmy Davenport Photograph Album

Jimmy DavenportJimmy Davenport (pictured here on the left) was a member of the orchestra and occasional performer at the Capitol and Theatre Royal theatres in Dublin in the 1930s and 40s.

These venues are long gone but the white marble staircase of the Frank Matcham designed Theatre Royal survives as the centrepiece stairway in Marks and Spencer on Grafton Street.

Judging by his autographed photo album which has just been digitised, Jimmy Davenport was a bit of a showbiz addict.  He collected over a hundred signed portraits of visiting celebrities and photos of some set pieces from the Theatre Royal.

The Dublin: One City One Book Programme Now Available!

EcholandThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, today launched the 2017 Dublin: One City One Book programme of events in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.

Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor said "I am delighted to be here this morning to launch the Dublin: One City One Book Festival and to announce Echoland by Joe Joyce as this year's book choice. Echoland brings the reader back to the Dublin of the 1940s and I know it will prove to be a popular choice with bookclubs and the City’s many readers. I hope people will engage with the many interesting events that take place during the month of April as part of this wonderful festival."

Echoland: One City, One Book 2017

Two pints‘There are no German spies in Ireland’.

Echoland by Joe Joyce presents a thrilling portrait of Dublin during the Emergency as a young Irish army officer tracks a suspected German spy through the city. The intrigue is played out on the streets and squares of Dublin, from the genteel environs of Merrion Square and Leinster House to the demi-monde of dancehalls and pubs. These images (from the photographic collections of the Dublin City Library & Archive) date from the 1940s to the 1980s and illustrate some of the key scenes in Echoland. We hope they provide a sense of the landscape against which the action takes place.

View Echoland Image Gallery

Building self-esteem with books

PeekabooFor the last couple of weeks, Ballymun Baby Book Club has enjoyed reading books that incorporate the game ‘Peekaboo’.  Last Tuesday’s book choice was ‘Peekaboo! In the Jungle’.  This book contains a lift-the-flap feature on each page that allows babies to learn about jungle animals whilst playing the game Peekaboo. We did a funny action rhyme with the babies entitled ‘Peekaboo! I See You!’.  More examples of books like this include ‘Who’s On the Farm?’ by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, ‘Baby Goz’ by Steve Weatherill and ‘Peekaboo! In the Ocean’ which we read last week.  You’ll find these books and lots more available in your local public library.

CBI Book of the Year shortlist

CBI Book of the Year AwardsLooking at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 shortlist it's been another great year for children's book publishing in Ireland. We're delighted to hear that six of the ten books on the shortlist were published in Ireland. The shortlist covers all ages from the very young - Chris Haughton's beautifully illustrated, charming Goodnight Everyone, which works wonders for little children and their tired parents at bedtime, to older teenagers with Needlework by talented author Deirdre Sullivan.  We're excited to see more quality Irish language books being recognised too.  It's heartening to see the books on the shortlist covering a great variety of themes, genres and reading ages.

Love Leabhar Gaeilge

Cluiche na CorónachTá leabhair Ghaeilge den scoth le fáil i leabharlanna áirithe Bhaile Átha Cliath an Seachtain na Gaeilge seo i gcomhar le Love Leabhair Gaeilge.

Seo rogha de leabhair Ghaeilge le daoine fásta a fháil ar iasacht:

 Cluiche na coronach. George R.R. Martin
Úrscéal fantaisíochta móréilimh, agus an chéad imleabhar sa tsraith eipiceach ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ leis an úrscéalaí iomráiteach Meiriceánach George R. R. Martin — agus é aistrithe ag Oisín Ó Muirthile. Tá an tsraith aistrithe go hiliomad teangacha agus tá leagan scannánaithe ag HBO á chraoladh ar an teilifís go hidirnáisiúnta. I mBéarla, in 1996 a foilsíodh ar dtús é, faoin  teideal A Game of Thrones.
Seo chugainn an Geimhreadh!

Learning is fun with a good book!

PeekabooThere are many books available through your local Library that contain interactive aspects to help you as a parent teach your children about different concepts.  These concepts can range from learning about colours, numbers, animal names to letters of the alphabet, potty training – the list is endless! Maria Sheahan (Librarian & Book Club Facilitator) illustrated how fun and learning can go hand in hand by choosing this book type for both clubs along with appropriate songs and rhymes.

No longer faceless or nameless – write the story of your First World War soldier

Assembly exhibitA long, long alphabetical list of 174,000 Allied soldiers who died on Belgian soil in the First World War; this is the new and emotive exhibit on display in Dublin City Library and Archive on Pearse Street until the end of March. The Assembly exhibit has been created by artist Val Carmen, for the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. Consisting of a giant memorial book of the war dead and five old chairs from Passchaendaele Church, the exhibit is travelling around Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales to gather stories and mementoes of these dead soldiers.

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced

The Lesser BohemiansCongratulations to Irish author Eimear McBride whose second novel The Lesser Bohemians has been longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Fiction.  The Lesser Bohemians is about Eily, a young drama student who moves from rural Ireland to London in the mid nineties, and relishes the freedom, new experiences and temptations of this new life.

The longlist also features literary legends Margaret Atwood and Annie Proulx, as well as some new names, debut novelists Ayobami Adebayo, Emma Flint and Fiona Melrose.  Authors on the longlist who have previously won the prize are Linda Grant (2000) Rose Tremain (2008) and Eimear McBride (2014).

Here's the full longlist with links to the library catalogue:

Home energy saving kits available at all libraries

Energy kitIn 2016, Dublin City Libraries in partnership with Dublin's energy agency Codema piloted the Home Energy Saving Kit in 10 libraries across the city.  There was great demand and interest in the kits, so they are now available to borrow free of charge from all Dublin City Public Libraries.  The Toolkit won Best Energy Smart Initiative at Local Authority Members Association award ceremony on 4 February 2017.

You can borrow the kit for a duration of 2 weeks in order to conduct a mini home energy audit. Simply check availability with your local library. Please return the energy saving kit to the library where you borrowed it.

All kits will provide a user survey. Make sure you complete this survey after you check out the kit and you could be in with a chance of winning a 100 One4all voucher! Take the 5 minute survey online.