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The Role of Women in the Revolutionary Decade

Cumann na mBanSometimes we forget that much of what we take for granted today was achieved by the struggle of people who fought against huge obstacles, whether it was in the national struggle for independence that we are commemorating in this decade of centenaries or in the striving to achieve decent working conditions, equality for all citizens and wide-ranging social justice. Despite the fact that women played a significant role in most of those struggles, too often the perception lingers that they were only the passive beneficiaries of men’s activities. One of the reasons for that misperception was the social policy that underpinned the institutionalisation of gender inequality, even after women gained access to the vote in 1918.

Work Matters at Your Local Library

Work Matters LogoDo you have a business idea but don’t know where to start?  Itching to change your job but lack direction? Perhaps you have never worked or have been out of work for a while and are wondering how to make the first step to finding your dream job.
If this is you, you may not have to look much further than your local library.

Musician in Residence, the story so far.

Riona Sally Hartman“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Victor Hugo verbalises it best, throughout the ages, music has played an outsized role in Irish society. From the bards of old, regaling stories and legends through song and verse to our ancestors, to the modern artists of Phil Lynott, Sinead O’Connor and Hozier who tell their stories to the world.

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 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.

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