books & reading

Fun Activities for Kids

coverWith the whole world feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic it is really heartening to see the response of those involved in the world of children's books. Many award-winning authors and picture-book makers are using their talents to bring a little bit of fun into the lives of their many fans and there are some lovely gestures, challenges and competitions from authors, illustrators and publishers alike.

Spring into Storytime with Bailey the dog

coverFor our story book choice today, we introduce you to Bailey the dog.  Enjoy this fun story as Bailey spends a day at school. Celebrate Spring into Storytime with Dublin City Libraries. 

So you want to be a writer...

Writer's deskWe are living in strange and uncertain times, and we are all doing our best to keep ourselves, our loved ones and everyone else safe and well by staying indoors.

Maybe you have time now to try your hand at that novel or screenplay you’ve always dreamt about writing?

If so, welcome to your one-stop shop for great online writing supports including courses, magazines, books and reference tools, all FREE and all available with your Dublin City Libraries card.

Auschwitz anniversary 2020

AushwitzAs you know, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We have an extensive range of titles (both fiction and non-fiction, large print, print and audio) in our collections on the subject of the Holocaust. Just enquire in your local branch or check on our catalogue.

Fantasy Fiction - magic, mythical and the supernatural

fantasyThe difference between the fantasy and science fiction genres hasn’t always been an issue. However, there are a few key differences in the genres that can help us to separate one type of book from the other in the ‘science fiction vs fantasy’ debate.

Dublin One City One Book Launch 2020

coverThe newly-appointed Lord Mayor Cllr. Tom Brabazon today launched the programme for the 2020 Dublin One City One Book Festival at the Mansion House. Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin One City One Book Festival.

Best Sci-Fi books

coverScience fiction provides the perfect outlet to escape from everyday life, nothing beats picking up a novel and being transported into a new world. Some of these are classics that you will know but others are excellent works that may have been flying under the radar. Add the unfamiliar ones to your TBR list.

Tips to encourage good reading habits in your child

readingChildren who are encouraged to read, are most likely to enjoy reading later in life, but also develop several skills that will help them improve their personality and build a healthier brain. The key to encouraging reading habits in kids is reading with them at home from a young age.

Best Romance Novels So Far

valentineRomance is threaded through our books, poetry and plays, from classic novels like Gone With the Wind to modern works like The Notebook. Literature is the perfect medium in which to talk about love; its big emotions, grand gestures and tiny flutters of the heart can all be perfectly summed up on the page. So, in light of that, here follows some of the best, beautifully written, and romantic novels from literature so far.

Beginner Cooks become Kitchen Wizards

logoWelcome to the eleventh entry of our blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - with recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff. Do you want to learn how to cook this year but don’t know where to start? Have you been cooking for years but would like to improve your skills.