The Power of Science

Science Week 2014The power of science is all around us. We see, hear, touch, taste and experience the wonder of science every day. Thanks to the power of science we can improve our health and wellbeing, explore new worlds, and make our world a better place; the only limits are those we imagine!

Co-ordinated by SFI Discover the education and public engagement programme of Science Foundation Ireland, Science Week officially runs from 9th – 16th November 2014. Dublin City Public Libraries will host our Science Week Programme over two weeks – because we just can’t fit all our fantastic workshops and lectures into just one week!

Dublin - Where Elephants Roam

Where Elephants RoamThis is the Month of the Elephant and during the ‘elephantastic’ month of October, Dublin City Libraries will be hosting puppet shows, storytelling and Zoo talks all about elephants. Drop into your local library to see the wonderful displays of books and to book a place at one of our children’s events.

Going Places with Books - Summer Reading Challenge

Going Places with Books, Summer Reading BuzzYesterday (Wednesday, 30th of July), the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan launched the Public Libraries' Summer Reading Programme in the Central Library, ILAC Centre, Dublin.
(View the photo slideshow below)

The Summer Reading Programme runs in public libraries across the country every July and August and is a hugely popular and successful reading event for children of all ages and abilities. Each child chooses the books they wish to read, keeps a record of their progress and gets recognition for each step along the way. At the end of the challenge, all children who have read the target number of books get a certificate of achievement at a special awards event.

Here in Dublin...

Here in Dublin City Libraries, together with our library colleagues in Kildare, Fingal, Dun Laoghaire-RathdownSouth Dublin and Longford, we run the hugely popular 'Going Places with Books' Summer Reading Buzz (see right).

Welcome to the new elephant calf in Dublin Zoo!

New baby elephant. Image: Dublin ZooWe are very excited to hear about the new arrival at Dublin Zoo, where a bull elephant calf was born on Thursday, 17 July 2014. Congratulations to mum Yasmine, dad Upali and Dublin Zoo! The as yet unnamed calf has already met the rest of the herd and is busy exploring his new home, the Kaziranga Forest Trail. If you plan to visit the elephants, Dublin Zoo recommend coming to hear the keeper's talk ‘Elephant Encounters’ which happens at 12.30pm every day so you can learn more about Asian Elephants.

Image: Dublin Zoo

If your family has caught the elephant bug why not pop down to Dublin City Public Libraries and check out some of our great elephant reads for children. We have put together an elephants reading list on our online catalogue to help you choose.

Theatre Lovett presents at Pearse Street Library

Lovett PresentsSo, which absurd cat are you?

View slideshow below of photos taken during the forty-five minute workshop for 7- 10 year olds held in Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 2nd July, the title of which was "Theatre Lovett presents... Which absurd cat are you?".

Pearse Street Toddler Group / Storytime

Tuesday mornings can be very hectic at Pearse Street Library as some of our most regular and esteemed users grace us with their presence. Now, they might be small in stature but don't let that fool you - they have presence! Every Tuesday at 10.45am they arrive at the library in eager anticipation, some maybe with a little trepidation, but by the time they have to head home again at 11.45am you can be sure all bar none have had a good time.

View the slideshow below of photos from the last session before the summer break.

Rathmines Library Short Story Competition Winners

In conjunction with ‘Rathmines Roar’ Community Information Day, 17th May, Rathmines library invited children to write a short story about their favourite book and to dress up as a character from the book. The winners were presented with their prizes at Rathmines library on Friday 30th May.

View a slideshow of the competition winners and runners up.

Chatter Matters!

Chatter Matter PosterThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Oisín Quinn, today launched Chatter Matters, an initiative of Dublin City Council’s Community & Social Development Section and Dublin City Public Libraries, to encourage language development in babies and toddlers. Research shows that in their first three years, children absorb more language than they will do at any other time in their lives. Talking to, playing with and reading to under 3's as often as possible have been shown to support children’s confidence and communications skills.

Right: Poster (click to view larger version)

Follow the conversation about the Chatter Matters initiative on Twitter #chattermatters.

One Family Day at Iveagh Gardens– Sunday 18th May

Dublin City Public Libraries were joined by No Strings Theatre Company and storyteller Daria Walsh in promoting books and reading in the Library Tent in Iveagh Gardens on Sunday, 18th May. The Libraries' presence in the Iveagh Gardens formed part of the One Family’s Annual Family Day Festival.

View the following photo slideshow of some of the activities that took place in the Libraries' tent.

The Children's Book of the Year is... Hagwitch!

HagwitchCongratulations to Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick for picking up the Children's Book of the Year award with her novel HagwitchEight titles were shortlisted for the 24th CBI Book of the Year Awards, the shortlist having been announced on Tuesday, 18th March last.

Book Summary: Two lives, four centuries apart, but a dark secret ties them together. It's summer, and the world of the theatre barge is coming to life. It's Lally's world and the only one she's ever known. But when her father pulls an ancient piece of wood from the canal and fashions it into a puppet, strange things begin to happen. Soon Lally starts to wonder whether there is something sinister about the wooden doll - could she be connected to the mysterious hagwitch?