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The Puppets Excite!

Puppet ShowThe No Strings Theatre Company was back in Dublin City Libraries in July, making appearances in Ballyfermot, Cabra, Drumcondra, Pearse Street, Phibsboro' and Rathmines Libraries.
The puppets were enthralling children with their version of the classic story The Boy Who Cried Wolf, the tale of  a very bored little boy who is asked to look after his Grandfather's prize sheep before The Best Sheep in Ireland Competition.

These are photos from the performance in Pearse Street Library on the 28th July, much enjoyed by the children let it be said.

Jake Gives Advice on Pet Care!

JakeFiona from Dog's Trust brought her friend Jake the dog to Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 8th July 2015, where she (Fiona that is, not Jake!) showed the children all they needed to know about looking after a pet.

Fiona and Jake are also appearing in Ballymun, Phibsboro', Pembroke, Pearse Street and Raheny during the same week.  Check our Events' Listing for details.

Shirley Hughes, a Children's Favourite

DoggerChildren's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes (b. 1927) has just become the first person to win the inaugural Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award is for making "an outstanding contribution to children's literature".

Hughes is best known as the creator of the beautifully illustrated Alfie picture books and the picture book 'Dogger', the latter winning the Kate Greenaway medal for book illustration in 1977. Dogger has also been voted the public’s favourite Kate Greenaway Medal winner of all time. Hughes again won the Kate Greenaway medal in 2003 for 'Ella's Big Chance', her adaptation of the Cinderella story. In total she has authored more than 50 books and illustrated over 200.

Muc from Twigín visits Cabra Library!

MucMuch to our delight, Muc the pig visited Cabra Library on the 9th June with the RTÉjr crew to do some filming! If you didn't already know (shame on you!), Muc is one of the characters in the TV programme 'Twigín'.

Muc took great delight in paging through some of our picture books (hoping we expect to see himself in one. Those film stars!). No mucking about there!

Solar-Powered Lego at Coolock Library!

Coolock lego eventIn Coolock Library recently children from a local school learned how to produce solar-powered electric cars using lego! The photo slideshow below will give you some idea as to the fun that was had, not to mind the knowledge acquired!

They were taking part in a Renewable Energy Lego Workshop involving Codema and Learnit that is also taking place in our branch libraries in Ballymun, Cabra and Raheny this June for invited classes.

Learning Through Football Winners

Chloe and EveRaheny Library has just participated in a new project called 'Learning Through Football',  in which children’s literacy and numeracy skills are improved through a football skills-based programme. 'Learning Through Football', a project initiated by Minister Aodhan O Riordain, was delivered in partnership with the FAI and local schools in early May.

The Children's Book of 2015 is... Once Upon an Alphabet

Once Upon an Alphabet'Once Upon an Alphabet' by Oliver Jeffers was announced as the winning title of the 25th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (19th May) at a ceremony held in the Light House Cinema in Dublin.

(From Press Release) "Picturebook creator Oliver Jeffers has won the 25th CBI Book of the Year Award and is the third author ever to win both the Book of the Year Award and the Children’s Choice award for his title 'Once Upon an Alphabet'. Presenting twenty-six original and innovative stories about the letters of the alphabet, the book combines clever text and engaging line drawings. The judges said, ‘Every school, every home, every person should have at least one copy, as this is a book that bears repeated readings. Each letter of the alphabet is introduced with its own story, each one weaving in and out of one another, asking the reader to make connections and cross-references. Although this is an alphabet book, the cleverly constructed stories and quirky line drawings make this the perfect read for children of all ages.'"

Teddy Bears Take Over Cabra Library!

Tedy BearForty very special teddy bears came to Cabra Library on Monday, 11th May for a teddy sleepover! The teddies brought their owners to the library where they all listened to bedtime stories, sang teddy bear songs and had a few snacks before they were tucked up for the night. Here are some photos of what the bears got up to around the library…

Picture Book Wins 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Blown Away

Meet Penguin Blue! Meet 'Blown Away', the 11th winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the debut work of Rob Biddulph! 

It's a windy day, and Penguin Blue has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight? In this fun and enjoyable picture book written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites. 

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has three categories, from which the overall winner is selected. Biddulph's 'Blown Away' had won the Best Illustrated Book category; other category winners were: Sally Green, winner of the best book for teenagers with 'Half Bad', and Robin Stevens, winner of best young fiction with 'Murder Most Unladylike'.

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. 

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