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THINK! Book display at Rathmines for the month of November

Think!In an online world that is connected 24/7 we have never had access to so much information; so much so that people sometimes feel overwhelmed. We are constantly subjected to conflicting messages from pundits, advertisers, politicians and talking heads and many ideas in public and political discourse are greatly contested, such as global warming or the safety of vaccines. Additionally, much public debate has arisen concerning the veracity of many information sources often accompanied by claims of ‘fake news’.

For the month of November Rathmines library will be hosting a book display featuring many titles on the topic of critical thinking which will aid readers in discerning just how reliable many of the claims with which we are constantly bombarded really are.

Learning with Your Library this Autumn

Read, Learn, GrowAutumn is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and try something new!

Why not start learning a new language, try a university course, develop your digital skills for work and/or leisure, pick from over 400 free online courses or enrol for the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History. Here are just some of the learning opportunities available at your library this Autumn.

Come to Libraries, Come to Life

4 faces'Come to Libraries, Come to Life' is a series of video interviews with users of library services in Dublin City Public Libraries, in partnership with Ballyfermot College of Further Education. The goal of the project is to show the diversity of the kinds of people that use libraries, and to demonstrate what the services mean to them. Eva in Pembroke library is a regular visitor, and has come with her family for many years, enjoying the wide variety of events that the library has held; she is also a regular attendee at the Pembroke book club. In Cabra Library, Teresa is a regular visitor with her three children; their voracious appetites for reading are more than satisfied by the varied and extensive book selection. Pat in the Business Library uses the many databases and newspaper archives that are available, and believes that the services public libraries provide are vital in providing free education for anyone who wants to access it. Lastly Tatiana has been coming to the Open Learning Centre for a number of years, having arrived in Ireland with very little English – you can see in her interview that her hard work in the learning centre has paid off as she expresses herself very well and shares her experience of how the libraries have influenced her life.

View the four videos below (scroll through the playlist):

Listen to: Social Media for Beginners

Tony RileyAre you keen to get started on social media?  Would you like to learn to tweet, comment on YouTube, share your photos and maintain your privacy on facebook? Are you looking for tips on how to protect your children online? Then this information session with teacher Tony Riley on 'how to use social media in a safe and fun way’ is for you.

This session will guide you on use of everyday apps and help you to be in control of what information you decide to share. Listen to Tony share practical tips on safe browsing and communicating with your children about online safety and limiting use of devices.

Recorded at Pearse Street Library on Saturday 13 June 2015.

Learn a New Language

Mango Language LearningWould you like to learn a new language? Maybe you would like to brush up on a language before an interview or even a holiday. We can offer you lots of language opportunities in our libraries, at home, and even on the go on your mobile phone or tablet.  You can learn a language by coming to an informal conversation exchange, you can learn online with Mango Languages (NEW Jan 2016) and you can borrow language learning books/CD/DVDs.

Mango Languages is an online resource that teaches real conversations in over 70 foreign languages. Use your library membership card barcode number to register and create a username and password. You can use Mango on your phone or tablet by downloading the Mango Languages app from your App Store.

Free Online Training

Universal ClassOver 400 free online courses are now available to registered library users. You can learn in your own time, at your own pace!

We are pleased to announce the introduction of Universal Class Library Edition, a powerful new online continuing education service designed specifically for users of public libraries.

With over 400 courses, Universal Class provides free and high quality online training. The courses involve real instructors to guide your learning, video-based lessons and certificates of achievement.

Education Resources at the BIC

Books"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ― Nelson Mandela

The Business Information Centre (BIC) has a very up-to-date collection of modern educational reference books, magazines, newspaper cuttings files, as well as online resources on open access.  They are freely available to all students from primary level upwards. Included are popular titles such as those in the 'Less Stress More Success' series, which covers both the junior and leaving curriculum, and a small selection of 'the Revise Wise' books, also covering these same examinations.

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.

Remembering Gallipoli - Books and Exhibitions

Memorial Book CollectionTwo complementary exhibitions were launched yesterday in the Dublin City Library and Archive. These are the 'Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War' and the 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' displays which will appear in the Dublin City Public Library and Archive from Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 until Friday, 29 May, 2015.

The 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' exhibition, curated by Dublin City Archives, draws mainly on sources from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive which is held at Dublin City Library and Archive. It gives an overview of the failed 1915 Campaign by the Allies and highlights the personal experiences of a number of Irish-born World War I soldiers who fought in Gallipoli by utilising diaries, photographs and correspondences.

Adult Learners' Festival 2015 at Business Information Centre

Today has been rough but never give up! Adult Learners' Festival - 23rd - 28th February, Celebrating Adult Learning

CDETB Adult Education Guidance Service: Monday, 23rd February, 2pm - 4pm (Information Stand)

Aontas: Tuesday, 24th February, 1pm- 3pm (Information Stand)

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed: Tuesday, 24th February, 3pm- 5pm (Information Stand)

Employability: Wednesday, 25th February, 2pm - 4pm (Information Stand)

Minding Your Mind - A Jobseekers Toolkit for Managing Stress while Looking for a Job: Thursday, 26th February, 1.30pm - 2.30pm (Career Workshop)

Jobcare:Thursday, 26th February, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (Information Stand)

Free Digital Marketing Course for the Long Term Unemployed with the Irish Times Training Unit: Friday, 27th February, 2.00pm - 4.00pm (Information Stand)

Remember that the Education of a man is never completed until he dies (according to  Robert E. Lee) and even if today has been ruff, never give up!

Please contact the Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin 1 at (01) 873 3996 for further details

 

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