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Borrow the Costa Book Award 2017 winners

Reservoir 13Jon McGregor, who won the International Dublin Literary Award in 2012 for Even the Dogs, has won the Costa (fiction) Award for his fourth novel, 'Reservoir 13'. Also among the winners is a book that needs no introduction as everyone is either talking about, reading or trying to get their hands on it - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This book is proving immensely popular with readers in our libraries.  Rebecca Stott’s rivetting father daughter book about growing up in a fundamental Christian cult, the Exclusive Brethren won in the Biography section, while Helen Dunmore, who sadly passed away last June, is the posthumous winner of the Poetry award.  The children's book award went to The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, the story of four children's struggle to survive in the Amazon following a plane crash.  Katherine previously won acclaim (and awards) with her novel Rooftoppers (2013).

The Costa Award category winners with links to the library catalogue:

Rathmines Readers – looking back

Rathmines Library 1978Rathmines Library has been sent a poem by one of its users – it gives a real sense of the “old days” in the library, which has always had a particular ambience of its own. There will be many of us who remember the old newspaper room and the spiral staircase with great affection.  Here’s an extract from the poem, the work of the writer Berni Dwan, who has kindly given us permission to publish it:

My Saturday pilgrimage to the object of my love, to
the blushing sarcophagus of printed matter, starts early afternoon.
My destination – Rathmines Library, gifted to Dubliners by altruistic Carnegie;
opened in October 1913 in the maelstrom of the Lockout. Its classical
façade a perfect street companion for the Marrakech pink town hall across the road.

News from Nelson: The Imposter!

Nelson's Pillar exhibition roomI was snatching forty winks on the plinth, drowsing in the warmth of the Reading Room, when I heard one of the students saying: ‘Nelson looks very well in the Exhibition Room doesn’t he?’  What?!  Was there an imposter elsewhere in the building?  Well that woke me up smartly.  That night, I manoeuvred myself off the plinth (with some difficulty) and took the lift to the ground floor where the Exhibition Room is.  And there it was: my very own Pillar made out of cardboard, with not just one, but four copies of my very own statue.

It was not an imposter – rather it was a tribute to my own goodself.   On looking around, I saw that the back wall of the Exhibition Room was covered with an enormous photograph of Sackville (now O’Connell) Street, in the early twentieth century.  These people, going about their daily round, were about to get caught up in the conflict of 1913-23.

Manuscript of the Month: Jimmy O’Dea

Jimmy O'DeaThe great comic artist, Jimmy O’Dea, passed away on 7 January 1965, leaving behind a legacy of laughter.  Born and brought up in Dublin, O’Dea trained as an optician but the lure of live theatre was too great and he began to perform full time in 1928, having already appeared in silent movies. 

Image right: Jimmy O'Dea with bust by Marjorie FitzGibbon.

He formed his own company, O’D Productions, with Harry O’Donovan in 1928 and in Christmas that year they first presented their own pantomime, Sinbad the Sailor.  For decades to come, it was a Dublin tradition that an O’D pantomime would be shown at the Gaiety Theatre at Christmas, to be followed by a summer revue, Gaels of Laughter, starring Jimmy O’Dea with Maureen Potter and Vernon Hayden.

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.

Christmas books for babies and toddlers

That's not my santaWe had a lovely session last Tuesday, 19 December with all junior book clubs.  Everyone dressed up in Christmas jumpers and festive gear as we sang songs and read stories. Each of the children received a free book as well as stickers and jellies.  The Baby Book Club read That’s Not My Santa...  which is part of the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile baby book.  The Wobbler Book Club read I Love You Father Christmas by Emma Dodd and Giles Andreae.  This is a lovely story all about why babies love Santa Claus.  Finally, the Toddler Book Club read the classic tale, Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  All of the chosen books are perfect Christmas read for little ones.

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.

Digital Magazine of the Month: BBC Good Food

BBC Good FoodDecember's digital magazine of the month is BBC Good Food Magazine. In this festive issue, there's plenty of inspiration for canapés, cocktails and the ultimate cheeseboard, as well as Victoria Moore’s favourite festive wines.

Don't miss the 'Roasts Reinvented' feature which includes alternative roast recipes, such as herb-scented slow-roasted rib of beef, or cumin-spiced roast chicken, for those who fancy a change from turkey.

Of course, there are plenty of seasonal recipes, too, from Nigel Slater, Donna Hay and Marcus Wareing. Plus, an exclusive interview with Alexander Armstrong about his favourite food memories.

Muckross Hockey Club celebrates 100 years

Muckross Hockey ClubMuckross Hockey Club was founded in 1917 by the past pupils of Muckross Park College. Over the past 100 years it has won over 30 Leinster league titles, an unparalleled 29 Leinster Senior Jacqui Potter Cup wins, a strong representation at international and provincial level and a record seven past players inducted into the Irish Hockey Association Hall of Fame.

View Muckross Hockey Club Image Gallery.

The Muckross Hockey Club collection comprises 70 photographs including material donated via international player Joan Priestman. It was transferred to the Dublin City Sports Archive via Peter Agnew and the Irish Hockey Archive.

Love Leabhair Gaeilge an Nollaig seo

Rita agus an Síog MhaithTá 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 óga a fháil ar iasacht (agus le daoine fásta freisin):

Rita agus an tSióg Mhaith le Máire Zepf. Andrew Whitson a Mhaisigh. (An tSnáithid Mhór)

Is Cailín beag í Rita le smaointe móra. Nuair nach bhfuil fonn uirthi í féin a ghléasadh ar maidin,samhlaíonn sí go bhfuil Sióg Mhaith aicí.
Ní bheadh le déanamh ag an tSióg ach a slaitín draíochta a chroitheadh agus-sbhúis! Ach cad a tharlódh ansin?

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