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Films for kids big and small

DVD iconChristmas is a good time to take out DVDs from the library, as you get some extra time to watch them instead of the usual week. So you can stock up on films to keep the kids occupied. Ideally, you want a film that you can watch as well without going crazy – so that rules out Barney. There are plenty to choose from, though, with great animation and top-notch humour, besides the obvious ones like Toy Story and Shrek. Here’s a few suggestions that appeal to both children and adults alike.

Our Children's Books of the Year

Bookcover: The Sleeper and the SpindleHere are just a few of the magical children's books we enjoyed reading both  to the children in our lives and ourselves!

The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Chris Riddle
"My favourite childrens book was Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle - a retelling of Sleeping Beauty/ Snow White."
Marc

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne 
"There have been many books about the First World War published this year but this book is a story told from a unique angle. A children's story that can be enjoyed as much, if not more, by adult readers."
Ronan

Irish comedians have been making children and librarians laugh this year!
Moone Boy: The blunder years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy and Danger is Everywhere by David O'Doherty, illustrated by Chris Judge

Christmas at the Front: Insights from the Monica Roberts Collection

Christmas CardThe Monica Roberts Collection Database is well-worth examining for insights into the personal stories of Irish soldiers fighting at the Front and their experiences at Christmas time.

Stranger than Fiction: Our favourite non-fiction books of 2014

Bookcover: Hidden City by Karl WhitneyWe read a lot here in Dublin City Public Libraries and it's not just fiction that takes our fancy. There is so much to learn and discover when you open the covers of our favourite non-fiction reads. And when it comes to non-fiction, the varied interests of Dublin City Public Libraries' staff really become apparent! Here are our top non-fiction reads of 2014:

Two books about Dublin caught our eye this year:

Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin by Foot, Bike, Bus, Train and Tram: In the Sewers and Underground Rivers; Along the Edges and Behind the Hoardings by Karl Whitney.
Beautifully written book that takes you off the beaten track to journey through some of the secrets of our capital city. Just the right mix of scholarship and adventure
Gill

Dublin: the Making of a Capital City by David Dickson
Loved dipping into this great history of Dublin
Mary

Lord Mayor's Certificates, Conferring Ceremony

The conferring ceremony for graduates of the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History, and the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Local Studies, 2013-2014, took place in the Dublin City Library & Archive on Wednesday, 10th December, 2014. 

Lord Mayor's Certificates - conferring ceremony

Our Favourite Fiction of the Year

bookcover: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard FlanaganObviously one of the major perks of working in a library is you have access to thousands of fantastic books everyday. And in Dublin City Public Libraries we really do love our books! Here are just a few goodies from our shelves that we enjoyed reading this year and would like to recommend to you.

Watch this space in January for more book recommendations when it will be the turn of the book lovers who attend one of our many book clubs.

Winning the Man Booker Prize seems a sure fire way of catapulting a book into the most borrowed list. The winner of the Man Booker Prize this year The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan is no different and is highly sought after.

Dublin at War

UniformsView 'Dublin at War' Image Gallery.

The period 1914 to 1918 was the last time Ireland was involved as a combatant in war on an international scale. Though we cannot say that Ireland has been a country at peace, during the past hundred years it has not suffered from the fear of invasion, the loss of thousands of young lives and the hardship of full-scale war.

At the time of the outbreak of World War I, nationalist Ireland was eagerly awaiting the introduction of Home Rule, while unionists were preparing to use all means within their power to prevent it. When the war began, Irishmen were called on to join the fight against the German Empire, placing national politics to one side for the duration of the war, with the promise of Home Rule at the end of it. At local level, Dublin, a city suffering great poverty, rife with disease and almost uninhabitable slums, had these major civic issues pushed into the background by the outbreak of war. Dublin was also a city with a tradition of having a strong military presence, and during the war years Dubliners bore witness to thousands of soldiers passing through their streets to embark for England for training or to return to the Front.  In terms of everyday life, the coming of war also resulted in food and fuel shortages and more restricted movement in terms of social life and entertainment.

First Ever Young Adult Book Prize Shortlist Announced

YA Book Prize 2015It's so nice to see books written specifically for young adults getting due acknowledgement. Here, in the inaugural Bookseller YA Book Prize, ten such titles by ten different authors have been so acknowledged by their inclusion on the shortlist, with the winner to be announced on the 19th March 2015.

The ten shortlisted titles (with links to the library catalogue where we have them) are:

Goose – Dawn O'Porter (Hot Key Books)
Salvage – Keren David (Atom/Little,Brown)
Only Ever Yours – Louise O'Neill (Quercus)
Ghosts of Heaven – Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
Trouble – Non Pratt (Walker)
Lobsters – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen (Chicken House)
Finding a Voice – Kim Hood (O'Brien Press)
Say Her Name - James Dawson (Hot Key Books)
A Song for Ella Grey - David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)
Half Bad – Sally Green (Penguin)

Mount Street Club: A unique response to unemployment in Dublin

Exhibition Room at Dublin City Library and ArchiveA fascinating new exhibition about the Mount Street Club was launched on Monday 1 Dec at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, D2 and is now open to public until 23 December 2014.The exhibition was curated by Dominic and Sarah Perrem on behalf of the Mount Street Club Trust and it provides an illustrated chronology of the work of the  Club over an 80 year period.

The original items on display in glass cabinets are  from the archives of the Mount Street Club  held at Dublin City Library and Archive.  It also includes photographs from the Dublin City Photographic Collection  which highlight the poor living conditions of many Dubliners in 1930s-1960s and an RTÉ documentary about the history of the Club.

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Winners

Bookcover: Dubliners 100The winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were announced last night, 26 November.

Irish poet Paul Durcan was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 by Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry, and bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was presented with the inaugural International Recognition Award by broadcaster George Hook.

All winning books are available to borrow in our libraries.

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