She died of a fever, and no one could save her

picThe story of Molly Malone, the famous Dublin fishmonger, is immortalised in the song of the city. Her statue, in Andrews Street, is one of the most visited by tourists to Dublin.

Be crafty! Learn scrapbooking skills online

craftThis period of temporary enforced downtime certainly presents us all with many grave challenges, but it also provides some exciting opportunities. If you, like me, have long intended but could never quite find the time to convert your precious personal and family memorabilia into stunning and unique family history albums, now is your big chance! 

Raise your dopamine levels and let your creative juices flow!  Learn the art and discover the joy of scrapbooking.

The many addresses of James Joyce

statueThe world as we knew it has changed rapidly over the past number of weeks as Ireland recorded its first cases of Covid-19. Staying home and self isolation made me think about various addresses I have lived at before, from digs to bedsits and flats. However, Joyce's addresses number far more. Seven St. Peter’s Terrace is the house where Joyce’s mother, May, died. Her death would haunt him for the rest of his life and justifably has the most historic significance.

Sport titles available on Borrowbox

Everything is basically on hold for the time being. But as anyone who's currently working from home has realised by now, it's good to keep some habits alive, to ensure some sense of normality. This blog is brought to you by Ronan, avid sport's fan turned narrator. Missing sport? Then borrow one of the many sports titles available on audio book or ebook from BorrowBox on our website.

On Borrowbox: If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley

coverLiz Buckley here reviews If Walls Could Talk; An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley, available as an eBook from Borrowbox. If on loan, you can reserve a copy.

I read this book at the start of the Corona virus pandemic in Ireland. I was really fascinated to learn of the dire consequences that ignorance, myth and misinformation had on world health down through the ages. Poor sanitation in the home and at local level was behind several pandemics throughout history and the spread of germs from person to person or animal to person is an ongoing battle and often misunderstood.

Auschwitz anniversary 2020

AushwitzAs you know, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We have an extensive range of titles (both fiction and non-fiction, large print, print and audio) in our collections on the subject of the Holocaust. Just enquire in your local branch or check on our catalogue.

Fantasy Fiction - magic, mythical and the supernatural

fantasyThe difference between the fantasy and science fiction genres hasn’t always been an issue. However, there are a few key differences in the genres that can help us to separate one type of book from the other in the ‘science fiction vs fantasy’ debate.

Dublin One City One Book Launch 2020

coverThe newly-appointed Lord Mayor Cllr. Tom Brabazon today launched the programme for the 2020 Dublin One City One Book Festival at the Mansion House. Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin One City One Book Festival.

Rocketman! Favourite movies for teens

coverThe second blog post written by Transition Year student, Aisling, on recent work experience in Pearse Street Library,  all about her favourite films this time.

Best Sci-Fi books

coverScience fiction provides the perfect outlet to escape from everyday life, nothing beats picking up a novel and being transported into a new world. Some of these are classics that you will know but others are excellent works that may have been flying under the radar. Add the unfamiliar ones to your TBR list.