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.

English Exam Materials at the Open Learning Centre

IELTS 1Are you studying for your IELTS exams or maybe for the Cambridge First Certificate or Advanced exams? If so, you can avail of study materials available here at the Open Learning Centre. We have books, CD-Roms and audio CDs for use here in the library.

For example, regarding the IELTS exam, we have a series of books designed to support students of this Cambridge examination. The series Cambridge IELTS 1 to 7 is very useful as it contains practice tests for each module of the exam, ie. Listening, Academic Reading, General Reading, Academic Writing, General Writing and Speaking. Other titles include IELTS Practice tests with key and IELTS Testbuilder 1. Similar books are offered for the Cambridge First Certificate and Advanced Certificate. For example, FCE1, 2 and 3 and CAE 1, 2 and 3. We also have books and CDs for the TOEIC and TOEFL exams.

These materials are for reference only in the Open Learning Centre. If you want to use the Cds, you can reserve a session on a computer here and practice your skills.

Information on all the English as a Second Official Language (ESOL) Exams is available from the Exam English website.

JSTOR at Dublin City Public Libraries

JSTORJSTOR is a comprehensive online resource that spans a variety of topics. Access to The Ireland Collection – JSTOR can be accessed at Dublin City Public Libraries free of charge. The Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. The Collection contains titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.

Find out more about this and other research materials available at Dublin City Public Libraries

Whether you want to satisfy your curiosities, increase your content knowledge or for personal research the information is at your fingertips. For example you can find a copy of every Dublin Historical Record article ever written since 1834. Students can access further information to assist their studies. Researchers who may not have access to journal databases will find a wealth of information available.

How to be everything?

You can find out how to do and be lots of things in the library.

Actors, gardeners, jugglers, farmers, knitters, bakers, candlestick makers, secretaries or being idle. Staying single or looking for partners?

Jobs for the girls!

Dublin City of Science 2012 logoInternational Women's Day logoApart from a little maths, the nearest thing to science I ever studied in school was Domestic Science. While knowing how to cook and sew is undoubtedly very useful, I am painfully aware that huge swathes of knowledge are beyond my comprehension and always will be.

There is always a chance I can answer a literature question on University Challenge, maybe even the odd music or film question, but science subjects are a complete mystery. Don't even understand the questions most of the time.

Yes, my knowledge of science is based entirely on what I have learned from watching 'The Big Bang Theory' - and while I have great sympathy for that cat in the box, I'm not sure I really get it.

Student of Open Learning Centre (OLC) wins Léargas Language Learner of the Year Award

Paddy receiving his Award - photo courtesy of LéargasOLC user Paddy O’Connor was awarded a Léargas Language Learner of the Year Award at a ceremony at All Hallows College on September 26th, which was the tenth anniversary of the European Day of Languages. Four European Language Label Awards were presented to projects promoting language learning as well as four Language Learner of the Year Awards. The purpose of this award was to recognise outstanding achievement by individual language learners. Paddy was nominated by the Open Learning Centre.

Commit to be fit in 2012

Walk away the Winter blues!

Walking in IrelandHave you overindulged over the festive season. Do you feel lethargic and tired? Are you afraid to step up on the scales. Has Operation Transformation (TV Programme) frightened you into keeping fit? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, fear not! Dublin Public Libraries can help!

Dublin City Public Libraries have a very comprehensive collection of maps and guides with interesting walks, hikes, and trails contained within: encouraged yet to venture out in the fresh air, and explore and enjoy the countryside?

Suss out any of our 21 library service points spread across the city and checkout these walks. Included are: 

  • Best Walks in Ireland by David Marshall (2006)
  • Glasnevin Cemetery: A historic Walk (1997)
  • Leisure Walks Near Dublin by Joss Lynam (2004)
  • Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin by Brian J Showers (2006)
  • Lonely Planet Hill Walking in Ireland (2010)
  • Secret Dublin. 25 original walks exploring the hidden city by Pat Liddy (2001)
  • Walks Around Medieval Dublin by Dublin City Council (2004)
  • A Walk Across Ireland from Coast to Coast including the Royal Canal Way by John Mulligan (2006)