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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. 

Stop Motion Animation in Dublin City Libraries

Lego man

On Wednesday, 19 November and Wednesday, 26 November from 3.30pm – 5.00pm  at Coolock Library artist Aoife Giles taught two workshops for children ages 7 to 11 about how to create stop motion animation videos. 

From flying books to mini Lego explorers, dancing chairs to animating favourite poems or phrases, this workshop gave children the opportunity to bring their library to life. 

Folio Prize Announces Shortlist

Tenth of December by George SaundersOn Monday, 9 February the Folio Prize Chair of Judges William Fiennes, on behalf of the Folio Society, announced the much anticipated shortlist for this year's Folio Prize at the British Library. The prize recognises the best of English language-fiction from all across the globe, no matter the form, genre, or the author's country of origin. 

The Folio Society is a highly regarded publisher of beautiful editions of some of the world's greatest books, and their panel of judges took many months to deliberate on which books they should select.

This year's shortlist includes a rich spread of international voices, as well as both familiar prizewinners and newcomers. Each of the following selected pieces bolsters the role of storytelling as a way of helping us to make sense of the surrounding world.  

Safer Internet Day 2015

Today, Tuesday, 10 February, is Safer Internet Day (SID).  Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe every year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. The theme for this year's campaign is the same as last year because of the success of this campaign: "Let’s create a better internet together," and the hashtags are #SID2015 and #Up2Us.

Watch Your Space, Insafe's site created specifically for teens, supports post-primary students as they do something to address the issue of cyber bullying in their local communities for Safer Internet Day.

Harper Lee and Other So-Called "One Hit Wonders"

To Kill a Mockingbird CoverThe recent announcement from Harper Lee that she will be releasing a second novel, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), was met with a flurry of both excitement from both the press and public. Lee wrote this novel, Go Set a Watchman, prior to writing To Kill a Mockingbird. The book will feature an adult Scout, who has returned to her childhood home of Maycomb to visit her father, Atticus. A print run of two million copies will be released in July of 2015. 

Harper Lee is one of a collection of writers known as so-called "One Hit Wonders," meaning that only one of her novels became a major renowned success. Lee fits this description especially well, as To Kill a Mockingbird was her only published novel, but it won a Pulitzer Prize. Below is a list of other writers, of which you may only know one of their works!

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