Christmas 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.
Submitted by Your Library on Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:20
Here 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
Submitted by Your Library on Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:05
We 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:
Submitted by Your Library on Mon, 15/12/2014 - 15:18
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.
Submitted by Your Library on Thu, 11/12/2014 - 14:24
Obviously 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.
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.
Submitted by Your Library on Fri, 05/12/2014 - 12:36
It'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:
Submitted by Ellen Murphy on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:08
A 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.
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.