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?

Irish School Readers and Famous Folktales

Post by Caroline Turner

The Educational Readers: Knowledge and Literature Intermediate BookHow do folktales and history intertwine? Pick up a school reader from the 1940s, 50s, or 60s in Ireland and you’ll see. Every book from Reading Time, Fact and Fancy, The Educational Readers, The Emerald Readers to Young Ireland Readers presented folktales, and hundreds of these school books were donated to the Dublin City Library and Archives on Pearse Street.

Right: This is the inside cover of the book, ‘The Educational Readers: Knowledge and Literature Intermediate Book.’ The next page reads, ‘The designs on the end papers of this book are based on the ornamentation and the lettering of the Book of Kells.’ The quote is by Carlyle. (click image to enlarge)

If ever you go - My Daddy likes the Dubs

Dublin: One City, One book logoDublin’s Lord Mayor is called Carmencita,
Whose favourite food is tomato pizza.

So wrote Sarah Fallon from Malahide in 1988, in a poem included in an anthology called My Daddy likes the Dubs.  It is one of a number of collections of poetry written by Dublin children which are held in the Special Collections of Dublin City Library and Archive. As this year’s One City, One Book selection highlights poetry based on the theme of Dublin and Dubliners, we took a look at some of these child’s eye views of the city.

My Daddy likes the DubsMy Daddy Likes the Dubs is a collection of children’s verse compiled during the Dublin Millennium by Dublin Public Libraries. During 1988, the city celebrated its 1,000th birthday with a year-long programme of cultural events. At that time the Public Library Service encompassed all the Dublin regions, so the selection – chosen from over 3,500 submissions – includes the work of children from all over Dublin City and County. What is striking about the poems is the delight the children take in their city and their keen observations of their localities. It would be interesting to see if a collection like this, written today, would demonstrate this same knowledge of the geography of Dublin and the same pride in their local area.

Books Are Fun Junior Infants Books Project

Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin with St Louis Infant School Rathminesi studentsA rather large and cuddly dog who loves reading books visited Rathmines library today (Monday 7th April) with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, to launch the new Books Are Fun Junior Infants Books pilot project. The book dog is the mascot for the project and he enjoyed reading books with the children from St Louis Infant School in Rathmines.

The pilot Books Are Fun project will give two free picture books, a branded pencil and a library card to children in Junior Infants classes in ten primary schools in Dublin city. The project is an initiative of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and highlights the importance of books and reading for pleasure for children. This new scheme is funded and managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Right: Pictured at the launch: Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin with Junior Infants from St Louis Infant School, Rathmines and a book-loving dog! (see photos below)

Imagine Nations Through Stories: International Children's Book Day 2014

International Children's Book Day posterInternational Children’s Book Day is observed annually on 2nd April, the anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, and is celebrated all over the world. This year the International Board on Books for Young People (iBbY) Ireland is hosting this day of worldwide celebrations. The current Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey has designed a fabulous poster to commemorate the day, and award-winning author and former Laureate na nÓg Siobhan Parkinson has written a message to the children of the world.

The motto this year is Imagine Nations Through Stories and iBbY Ireland's new website is focused on bringing international books to an Irish audience through reviews of children’s books, features from academics, librarians and activists with a focus on international books for an Irish audience.

The Children's Book of the Year Shortlist is Announced!

GroundedEight titles have been shortlisted for the 24th CBI Book of the Year Awards. The shortlist was announced on Tuesday, 18th March, and includes such big name authors as Eoin Colfer, Derek Landy and last year's winner, Sheena Wilkinson, to name just three. The award winners will be announced on the 13th May.

Right: 'Grounded' by Sheena Wilkinson, the 2013 Overall Winner.

Now in their 24th year, the awards are made annually by Children’s Books Ireland to authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and are open to books written in Irish or English and published in the previous year. The CBI Awards are the only annual Children's Book Awards in Ireland.

The shortlisted titles (with links to the library catalogue) are: