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Films for kids big and small

DVD iconChristmas is a good time to take out DVDs from the library, as you get some extra time to watch them instead of the usual week. So you can stock up on films to keep the kids occupied. Ideally, you want a film that you can watch as well without going crazy – so that rules out Barney. There are plenty to choose from, though, with great animation and top-notch humour, besides the obvious ones like Toy Story and Shrek. Here’s a few suggestions that appeal to both children and adults alike.

Our Children's Books of the Year

Bookcover: The Sleeper and the SpindleHere are just a few of the magical children's books we enjoyed reading both  to the children in our lives and ourselves!

The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Chris Riddle
"My favourite childrens book was Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle - a retelling of Sleeping Beauty/ Snow White."
Marc

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne 
"There have been many books about the First World War published this year but this book is a story told from a unique angle. A children's story that can be enjoyed as much, if not more, by adult readers."
Ronan

Irish comedians have been making children and librarians laugh this year!
Moone Boy: The blunder years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy and Danger is Everywhere by David O'Doherty, illustrated by Chris Judge

Danger is everywhere in Dublin this spring!

Bookcover: Danger is Everywhere by David O'DohertyHave you ever wondered is your teacher a vampire or is your pet cat in fact a dangerous tiger? This spring we are inviting boys and girls in Dublin to become qualified ‘dangerologists’ by reading Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty as part of our Citywide Reading Campaign for Children. This fun book, which is similar in style to the Wimpy Kid books, points out the dangers of everyday objects from your schoolbag and pet cat to the dangers of having a party or brushing your teeth.

This book has great illustrations by Chris Judge and will appeal to both girls and boys of mixed reading abilities. There will be author and illustrator visits to public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote this campaign. The final event of the campaign will take place as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival. More details will be available over the coming months.

The Most Borrowed Books in 2014

Irish Times Survey photoThe Irish Times today (Mon, 17th Nov) published a story - "Survey reveals the most borrowed library books in Ireland" - listing,as the title states, the most borrowed books in Irish public libraries in the year to date. Dublin City Public Libraries contributed to the survey of course, and for your delectation we reproduce below some of the data we furnished. Topping the fiction list in Dublin City is the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 'The Sound of Things Falling' by Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Interesting to note also that the list is dominated by titles on the Award shortlist. The most popular non-fiction title has been the book selected for last April's Dublin: One City, One Book reading initiative, 'If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song'.

The top children's title, 'The Powers: the Not-So-Super Superheroes' by Kevin Stevens, in fact topped the overall list here in Dublin City, while the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series has proven to be the best read series by some distance. As if to demonstrate the 'power' of library reading initiatives, 'The Powers' was the 2014 Citywide Read for Children choice. 

(titles links below are to the library catalogue)

One small step for (a) man…..

Greg Johnson, AstronautStaying up late in July 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step from Apollo 11 onto the surface of the moon was exiting but not at all unexpected to a science fiction reader. Having spent years immersed in Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and so many other great writers it was never IF, just HOW SOON we would conquer space. In my mind, it was only a matter of time be for all those stories of Martian colonies, aliens (friendly or hostile), parallel universes, androids and my own personal space trips would all come true.

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.

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?".

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