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Special Dance Performance at Ballyfermot Library

A specially commissioned dance performance for 10-15 year olds took place in the Ballyfermot Library. See video below.

Video: Paul Daly

'H is for Hawk' is the 2014 Costa Book of the Year

H is for Hawk And the overall winner of the 2014 Costa Book Awards is... H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald! 

Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize, "H is for Hawk is a record of a spiritual journey - an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming. At the same time, it's a kaleidoscopic biography of the brilliant and troubled novelist T. H. White, best known for The Once and Future King . It's a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love." (book description).

What the judges said: "A unique and beautiful book with a searing emotional honesty, and descriptive
language that is unparalleled in modern literature."

World Health Organization Collection. How far have we come?

World Health OrganisationThe Business Information Centre houses a repository of World Health Organization material known as the WHO Collection - there are 592 items here to date - a figure which is slowly growing. The WHO Collection dates back to 1980 and contains a large collection of books, pamphlets and magazines which they self publish.

More Crime Reads to Savour

Gone GirlIn recent months I have continued apace with my crime fiction reading, and here I share with you just some of those reads, they being books by Gillian Flynn, Donna Leon, Thomas Enger and Fred Vargas. So read on!

Who at this stage is not familiar to some degree with the story that is 'Gone Girl' 4.5 stars seeing how the film version was such a hit? Gillian Flynn's book, upon which the film is based, has proved a huge success, being the 25th bestselling adult fiction title of all time and spending 8 weeks at the top of the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. 'Gone Girl' is the classic tale of a wife going missing and the finger of suspicion regarding her disappearance pointing at her husband. Where is Amy Dunne, and has loving husband Nick got something to do with her disappearance?

Workshop worth attending!

The expert in anything was once a beginner The Business Information Centre are delighted to announce another gripping workshop aimed specifically at all those wishing to "find the job they always wanted in 2015". This event takes place on Tuesday, 27th January at 1.30pm in the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin 1 and booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Please contact (01) 873 3996 to secure your place. Remember the one who hesitates is lost.

Danger, Danger READ All About It!

Bookcover:  Danger is Everywhere by David O'DohertyHave you ever wondered is your teacher a vampire or is your pet cat in fact a dangerous tiger? This spring we are inviting boys and girls in Dublin to become qualified ‘dangerologists’ by reading Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty as part of our Citywide Reading Campaign for Children. This fun handbook points out the dangers of everyday objects from your schoolbag and pet cat to the dangers of having a party or brushing your teeth.

This book has great illustrations by Chris Judge and will appeal to both girls and boys of mixed reading abilities. There will be an author and illustrator visit to public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote this campaign. The final event of the campaign will take place as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival.

Book Club Choices 2014

In 2014 136 book clubs attached to Dublin City Libraries enjoyed and discussed 553 different books! If you are short of reading inspiration the list is packed full of wonderful reads from the classics, crime, thrillers, literary fiction, autobiography, recent favourites, to the latest award-winning must-read.

The most popular titles were the 2014 Dublin: One City One Book choice If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth; The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez - the winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Dinner by Herman Koch, Canada by Richard Ford and The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker.

The most popular authors were Benjamin Black, Anita ShreveJane Austen, Charles Dickens and David Park.

Bookcover: Canada by Richard Ford Bookcover: The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker Bookcover: The Dinner by Herman Koch Bookcover: The Light of Amsterdam by David Park

Junior Book Club Choices 2014

Our Junior Book Clubs are a very well-read bunch having devoured 100 books in 2014!

Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams, Roald Dahl and Louis Sachar were the most popular authors among our Junior Book Clubs in 2014. Here are a few books that got a big thumbs up:

Bookcover: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell Bookcover: The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams Bookcover: Queenie by Jacqueline Wilson My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery

Costa Book Awards 2014 Category Winners Announced

Costa Book Awards logoThe five category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2014, now in its 43rd year, have been announced and are as follows:

Children's Book Category - 'Five Children on the Western Front' by Kate Saunders.

The Novel Category - 'How to be Both' by Ali Smith.

First Novel Category - 'Elizabeth Is Missing' by Emma Healey.

Biography Category - 'H is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald.

The Poetry Award - 'My Family and Other Superheroes', a collection by Jonathan Edwards.

Art and Architecture of Ireland, 5 Volume Set

Dublin City Library & Archive is delighted to receive a donation of the full 5 Volume Set of 'Art & Architecture of Ireland' from the Royal Irish Academy. The Volumes can be accessed in the Reading Room in the Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street, Dublin 1.

5 Volume set of Art & Architecture in Ireland

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'Art and Architecture of Ireland' is a five-volume scholarly work which spans the period from medieval times through to the end of the twentieth century. The complete set includes: Volume I: Medieval c.400-1600, Volume II: Painting 1600-1900, Volume III: Sculpture 1600-2000, Volume IV: Architecture, and Volume V: Twentieth century.

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