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Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service Rolling Out!

SurfboxDublin City Public Libraries & Archive is pleased to announce the final roll-out of the Surfbox print service. Available in Cabra Library and the Central Library since May 2014, the service has now been extended to Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Coolock, Donaghmede, Finglas, Pearse Street, Raheny, and Rathmines branch libraries. (Originally posted 8 May, updated: 27 May)

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, you can now email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. You will receive a “Privacy Release Code” which you can enter on the touch screen of the Print Server to retrieve your documents.

Learning Through Football Winners

Chloe and EveRaheny Library has just participated in a new project called 'Learning Through Football',  in which children’s literacy and numeracy skills are improved through a football skills-based programme. 'Learning Through Football', a project initiated by Minister Aodhan O Riordain, was delivered in partnership with the FAI and local schools in early May.

Sharing Memories at the Mansion House

Jimmy JohnstonWe thought this scan from last Saturday when members of the public came along to the Mansion House to share their memories of said beautiful building particularly interesting. Might you agree?

The photo (see below) shows the winner of the 1977 Men's World dancing championship, Jimmy Johnston from Dundalk, centre, together with the runner-up and third placed. . The event of course took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House.  Many thanks to Jimmy for permissions to use the photo.

Note the runner-up, one Mike Flatley from Chicago. I wonder... ?

Recommended Reading: Coming of Age Adult Fiction

In Between DreamsThe journey into adulthood isn't the same for everyone. Each person has their own coming of age story, and literary characters are no different. Perhaps that's what makes coming of age fiction so appealing; it's so much easier to read about the struggles of a fictional character than focus on our own! In any case, the tragic, heart-warming, and sometimes even hilarious coming of age tales can be entertaining to any sort of audience. Read on for a few stories in this genre that are recommended by your Dublin City Public Library & Archive.

Teddy Bears Take Over Cabra Library!

Tedy BearForty very special teddy bears came to Cabra Library on Monday, 11th May for a teddy sleepover! The teddies brought their owners to the library where they all listened to bedtime stories, sang teddy bear songs and had a few snacks before they were tucked up for the night. Here are some photos of what the bears got up to around the library…

International Literature Festival Dublin 2015 (16-24 May)

IFD logoThe International Literature Festival Dublin returns for its 17th year with both a new name and new director. The festival was founded in 1998, in order to gather together writers from around the world to speak, debate and interact with each other and audiences. Attractions include readings, discussions, debates, screenings and workshops. The festival will feature a mix of screenwriters, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, lyricists, and playwrights.

This year's festival will take place from 16-24 May in various locations.

Tragedy off the south coast – Sir Hugh Lane one of the casualties

Freeman JournalDublin, Monday, 10 May 1915. Following the tragic loss of RMS Lusitania, on Friday afternoon 7 May, off the south coast of Ireland near the Old Head of Kinsale, in which 1,198 passengers and crew were drowned, it is reported that Sir Hugh Lane, benefactor to this city, is among the casualties. The ship, en route from New York to Liverpool, with civilian passengers, seems to have been torpedoed by a German U-Boat.

New Database Site Now Available

databases.dublincity.ieA new website allowing for the cross-searching of a number of databases produced by Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive can now be accessed online.

databases.dublincity.ie replaces dublinheritage.ie as the point of access to a variety of databases, which heretofore could only be searched individually. In addition to those databases which were available on dublinheritage.ie have been added the Cemetery Burial Registers and the Dublin Directory 1647-1708. [First posted 29th April 2015]

2015 UNESCO World Book Day

UNESCO LogoToday (23 April, 2015) is a very special day for libraries everywhere: UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. According to UNESCO's website, World Book and Copyright Day is "an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them. This is the 18th year of the celebration.

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Their mission "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information." They aim to achieve this mission by promoting knowledge of science, fostering cultures of diversity and peace, and increasing the rates of literacy across the globe.

Remembering Gallipoli - Books and Exhibitions

Memorial Book CollectionTwo complementary exhibitions were launched yesterday in the Dublin City Library and Archive. These are the 'Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War' and the 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' displays which will appear in the Dublin City Public Library and Archive from Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 until Friday, 29 May, 2015.

The 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' exhibition, curated by Dublin City Archives, draws mainly on sources from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive which is held at Dublin City Library and Archive. It gives an overview of the failed 1915 Campaign by the Allies and highlights the personal experiences of a number of Irish-born World War I soldiers who fought in Gallipoli by utilising diaries, photographs and correspondences.

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