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Picturing Dublin in the late 20th century

 Screen Cinema A remarkable collection of photographs held at Dublin City Library and Archive brings Dublin of the late 20th century to life. The Donal McEnroe Photographic Collection, comprising some 17,000 images, puts the spotlight on life in the capital from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Covering people, places, events, transport, shops, social issues and Dublin by night, the collection captures everyday life in the city. The range and quality of the images makes this collection very suitable for digitisation.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlist Announcement

Baileys women's prize for fiction 2015On Monday, 9th March the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction announced the longlist for this year's prize of 2015. The prize is an annual award that acknowledges excellence, originality and accessibility in the writings of women from across the globe. It was launched in 1966, and is endowed by an anonymous donor. The prize includes a £30,000 cheque for the overall winner, in addition to a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie' which is created by artist Grizel Niven. 

This year's longlist includes 20 titles, with a variety of genres and styles included on the list. There are a number of both new and well-established writers included as well, representing a good variety of talent from across the field.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015

JDIFF logoThe annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015 (JDIFF) is fast approaching, and will take place from 19 March to 29 March this year. Since 2003, the festival has celebrated film by presenting hundreds of productions from around the world to the Irish audience. It takes place citywide in each of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas, including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The aim of the festival is to connect the makers and stars of the movies to the audience in a unique way by hosting events such as public interviews, panel discussions and question and answer sessions. The majority of the films that are shown are Irish premieres, and some of these premieres will be the only public showings of the films in Ireland.  

'Tweet Day' in Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive

Were you following #ourcouncilday on Twitter yesterday? This countrywide initiative highlighted your Council at work, and here we have a compilation of the tweets posted by @dubcilib on the day. So take a peek below and scroll though our Storify compilation!

Our Council Day
 

International Women's Day 2015

Dublin City Public Library and Archives International Women's Day LogoThis Sunday, 8 March is International Women's Day 2015. This is annual celebration of women all around the globe, and is a time to reflect on progress made in society for women, a call for continuation of change and improvement in regards to the treatment of women, and it acknowledges the girls and women from across the world that have played a part in the history of their communities. 

The theme for this year's international event is Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It! It focuses on the vision of a world where girls and women can exercise their power of choice, whether regarding participation in politics, the workforce or education, as well as the power to earn a fair income, and live in societies that are free from discrimination and violence in all forms. 

The theme of International Women’s Day in Dublin City Public Libraries is "Women’s Stories." Stories in folklore and legend, cinema and documentaries, poetry, art and history. Check out the link above to find events going on in your local Dublin City Public Library during the month of March such as exhibitions, talks, and more. 

Fun and Quirky Fiction

Boys and Girls by Joseph ConnollyMiserable weather got you down? This time of year requires the occasional pick-me-up, and a funny or quirky fiction title could give you just that. Who needs a comedy show to make you laugh when you have a humourous piece of fiction at your fingertips? Find some examples of such titles below.

In Boys and Girls by Joseph Connolly, you can find a unique tale of romance and friendship, all while having a few laughs as well. The story tells the tale of a woman named Susan, who, oddly enough, wants two husbands. She doesn't want an affair mind you, she just wants two husbands. The ensuing relationship between Susan, Alan, and the new husband, Blackie, create a whole new question of married life and the humourous, mundane, challenging and tender moments that take place in the every day. Susan and Alan's 15-year-old daughter Amanda is also thrown into the mix. The story is written in view of the character's inner monologues rather than regular prose, which adds to the overall quirkiness and uniqueness of the story. The surprising bond and friendship that arises between the two husbands also gives this book a different edge than most, as the camaraderie between two males is not one often much discussed in literature.

Adult Learners' Festival 2015 at Business Information Centre

Today has been rough but never give up! Adult Learners' Festival - 23rd - 28th February, Celebrating Adult Learning

CDETB Adult Education Guidance Service: Monday, 23rd February, 2pm - 4pm (Information Stand)

Aontas: Tuesday, 24th February, 1pm- 3pm (Information Stand)

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed: Tuesday, 24th February, 3pm- 5pm (Information Stand)

Employability: Wednesday, 25th February, 2pm - 4pm (Information Stand)

Minding Your Mind - A Jobseekers Toolkit for Managing Stress while Looking for a Job: Thursday, 26th February, 1.30pm - 2.30pm (Career Workshop)

Jobcare:Thursday, 26th February, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (Information Stand)

Free Digital Marketing Course for the Long Term Unemployed with the Irish Times Training Unit: Friday, 27th February, 2.00pm - 4.00pm (Information Stand)

Remember that the Education of a man is never completed until he dies (according to  Robert E. Lee) and even if today has been ruff, never give up!

Please contact the Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin 1 at (01) 873 3996 for further details

 

New Book Rediscovers Dublin Wit and Satire of a Century Ago

Thomas Fitzpatrick and The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly 1905-1915Book Launch - Thomas Fitzpatrick and The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly 1905-1915.

Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive has announced the publication of a new book which promises to offer the reader an irreverent take on a tumultuous period in Irish History.

James Curry and Ciarán Wallace’s new book 'Thomas Fitzpatrick and The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly 1905-1915' introduces a new generation of readers to the work of Thomas Fitzpatrick owner and chief cartoonist of the ‘Lepracaun’ monthly which was a best seller on Dublin’s news-stands a century ago.

View Book Launch Photo slideshow below.

Haruki Murakami's "1Q84": Book Review

1Q84 by Haruki MurakamiI downloaded Haruki Murakami's 1Q84: The Complete Trilogy on my Kindle just before leaving my home in Iowa, U.S.A. to come here to Dublin for my study abroad semester. I began reading almost as soon as the plane took off, and I immediately fell in love with Murakami's style of writing. I had never before read anything that could be compared to Murakami's prose.

Murakami draws you in with his extraordinary descriptions and images of completely ordinary things. The words he uses are almost clinical, but the way in which he pulls them together paints a picture more vivid than a photograph, and certainly more lyrical. The physical descriptions of his characters, such as Aomame and Tengo, jump off the page so well that they almost seem three-dimensional. I couldn't help but see Murakami's cast before me as I worked my way through the lengthy novel.

Add a Little Romance to Your Bookshelf This Valentine's Day

Essays in Love by Alain de ButtonWith Valentine's Day fast approaching this Saturday, a lot of people have love on their minds. If the sight of cards professing undying devotion, red and pink, and candy hearts are not enough to satisfy your thirst for romance this holiday, consider picking up a romance novel this year from your local Dublin City Library. 

Here are just a few of the titles that you might just end up professing your undying love for once you've finished reading it. Take a look to find a wide variety of romances for any sort of taste. 

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