books & reading

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.

Coolock Library Reopens

rteCoolock Library opened its doors to the public on January 2nd to much fanfare and jubilation in the local community and on social media, not to mention all the publicity nationwide.

A childhood memory of the library called THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Martina Devlin

authorI was lucky enough to discover my favourite place at the age of five. I’ll never forget my first visit there. My father was mysterious about it – he told me we were going on an outing, just the two of us, but didn’t reveal where. “Wait and see,” he said. When you’re in the middle of a family of seven, you don’t expect much one-on-one attention. Already this was a red letter day. But another upgrade was to follow.

Lost in the Stacks/Short Stories

Welcome to the ninth entry of our blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - with recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff exploring our first-rate catalogue, links provided, nudging you towards making an inspired selection. Short story collections usually get short shrift but this is not the case today in this quirky blog written by staff member, Brian, from our Relief Panel.

Popular crime titles from Pearse Street Library

Crime books A staff member reviews our most borrowed books from the Crimes and Misdemeanours section, one of our most popular sections, and we include links to the catalogue perhaps nudging you towards making an inspired selection. These books can also be found in our Crimes and misdemeanours book displays. If you'd like to borrow any of the books discussed below, simply click on title to be taken to the reservation page. You will need your library card and PIN to request the book.