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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!

Touch-type Read and Spell - Online Computer Course

TTRSThe Central Library, Ilac Centre, is currently offering Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS), an online computer course. As well as developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. Students with dyslexia or literacy issues have found it helpful. This is a multisensory, structured, online course which assists students to learn at their own pace either in the library or at home. The Central Library has a number of licences available to library users.

Library Communiversity - NUIM course at Coolock Library 2014

NUIM logoDublin City Public Libraries, in association with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) and Northside Partnership, are annually running a 20-week four-module course, each module of 5 weeks duration and each covering a general humanities subject.

New Service - Language Learning Online

Please Note: Transparent Languages Online, has now been replaced by Mango Languages (12 February 2016).

Transparent Language OnlineDublin City Public Libraries is pleased to announce a free online language learning service, Transparent Languages Online from 1st October 2013. This free learning system offers:

Unlimited access to courses in over 80 supported languages
English learning from 24 languages
English learning for Beginner and Intermediate levels
Learn to listen, speak, read and write
Language learning on the go with Byki Mobile
You can register for the service using your library borrower number located on your library card. You will then be asked to create a profile on the TLO website with username and password. This will enable you to track your own learning and log on from PCs in branch libraries, from home and on mobile devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones).

Recession-busters

Euro signSo here we are post-boom, with lighter pockets and tighter belts. What to do? Drop in to your local  library for a few ideas on how to make a little go a long way.

Firstly, save yourself the cost of visiting a financial advisor by taking out Andrew McCann’s Know your rights: a practical guide to living in challenging times. It explains taxation, social welfare, redundancy, state pensions, illness and disability, inheritance – a mine of hugely useful information on your rights and entitlements.

Next, learn how to reduce your outgoings with Saving energy in the home, part of the popular Teach Yourself series, which shows you how to cut your energy bills in the house, garden, and on the road.

Library Communiversity - NUIM course at Coolock library 2013

Dublin City Public Libraries, in association with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), the Library Council of Ireland and Northside Partnership, is currently running a 20-week four-module course, each module of 5 weeks duration and each covering a general humanities subject. The modules are:

'Help My Kid Learn' Website

A new website for parents called Help My Kid Learn was launched recently by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. This simple website brings together relevant information for parents and the wider community to support children’s literacy and numeracy development.

Help My Kid Learn

Autumn nights: start a new hobby

Summer is over, such as it was: nights are closing in again, and it’s a good time to find something new to do. If you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby or pastime, the Wolfhound Guide to Evening Classes can point you in the right direction for anything from accordions to zumba. But if you prefer the teach-yourself approach, and don’t want the hassle of travelling in the lashing rain to a formal class, your local library can give you plenty of ideas for new hobbies that can be done at home, online, or used to practice in between evening classes.

 

New Improved Version of Tell Me More

Tell me more screenA new version of Tell Me More Campus, the language learning program, has arrived here at the Open Learning Centre. This program, first introduced here in November 2008, teaches six languages through the medium of 19 interface languages. The six languages are: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. Included in the interface languages are: Portuguese, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Korean as well as the major Western European languages.

 Students can work on their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills. This new version 10 includes 40 different types of activities to keep the student engaged and motivated. There's also a section with lessons based on Euronews videos. These contain activities based on a recent news item under the following headings; Politics, Economics, Science and Culture. There are also workshops which concentrate on a particular skill of your choice - you can choose from a range of 50 activities such as a dialogue or dubbing a film etc.

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