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Shortlist Announced - 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

2015 ShortlistWednesday 15th April 2015: 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Public Libraries. The list includes TransAtlantic by Irish author and former winner, Colum McCann, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.

Right: The ten shortlisted titles (view photo slideshow below)

The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary.

The shortlisted titles are:

Libraries' Learning Bus on the Road to the Rising

Learning BusDublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus will be showcasing the City Council digital collection relating to the Decade of Commemorations in the Road to the Rising Festival in O’Connell St on Easter Monday 6th April from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Right: Dublin Remembers! (click to view larger image)

We will be promoting Dublin City Council's plans for commemorative events in 2015 and 2016, including the 1916 community grants scheme.

Dublin: One City, One Book 2015 is Launched!

Roddy DoyleDublin will become Barrytown in April as the city celebrates Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy, this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice.

Right: Author Roddy Doyle at the launch of Dublin: One City, One Book at Dublin City's Central Library this morning.

Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries have organised a packed programme featuring over 60 events which will animate the Barrytown Trilogy throughout April.

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.

The Monica Roberts Collection Available Online!

Corporal Arthur William BrennanAt the outbreak of the First World War, Monica Roberts was a young upper-class woman who lived at Kelston, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Together with her friends, she set up a 'Band of Helpers to the Soldiers' to provide gifts and comforts to men at the Western Front, who were members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers or the Royal Flying Corps. The group sent cigarettes and tobacco, socks and vaseline for tired feet, handkerchiefs, boot-laces, chocolate, peppermint, oxo and dried fruit. Monica Roberts included a letter with her gifts and the recipients replied to her, setting up a correspondence. The letters from the soldiers give a vivid picture of conditions at the Front, and also include comments on contemporary politics. Of particular interest are remarks from soldiers regarding the 1916 Rising. Included in the collection and available here online is Monica Roberts' contemporary diary from Easter Week 1916, which includes her eye-witness account of the Rising.

Library Development Plan 2012-2016

Dublin City, with a population of 527,612 is the political, administrative, educational, commercial, retail and cultural capital of Ireland. It stands at the gateway to the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), an urban area with a population of 1,273,069 (Census 2011). Daily visitors to the city include residents, workers, shoppers, students and tourists. Dublin is the economic engine of the state and its public library service must have regard to the local, national and international context in which the city operates.

European and Local Elections Day

e-RegThe European Parliament Election and the Local Elections 2014 will be held on Friday 23rd May. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Twelve candidates will contest three Dublin seats in the European Parliament Elections.  In the Dublin City Council Local Elections voters from nine local electoral areas will together elect sixty-three Councillors.  You can follow the action on twitter using #le14.

Check the Register to see if you are already registered to vote.

Improved Printing Service, Central Library and Cabra Library

Surfbox[1st May 2014] Dublin City Public Libraries are pleased to announce the arrival of an improved and easily accessible printing service in the Central Library (ILAC Centre) and in Cabra Library.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, you can now email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. You will receive a “Privacy Release Code” which you can enter on the touch screen of the Print Server to retrieve your documents.

Both Colour and Black & White printing available.

The Savita Memorial 2018

Savita MemorialIn the run-up to the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in May 2018, a mural appeared near the George Bernard Shaw pub in Portobello, Dublin. The mural by Aches graffiti artists depicted Savita Halappanavar who died in Galway University Hospital in October 2012 following a septic miscarriage. Ms Halappanavar had requested a termination on more than one occasion but had been refused because of the presence of a foetal heartbeat.

'Opportunities for All' - The New Public Library Strategy

Opportunities for AllIf you could build your ideal public library, what would it be like? A bright, spacious place to work, study, relax or enjoy community events? Free access, longer opening hours, Wi-Fi, self-service, ebooks and professional staff to help you with any research you might need? Or maybe you'd prefer to enjoy the digital library from the comfort of your own home? All of the above...or is that too much to ask?

Back in early September you were asked to contribute towards a new strategy for public libraries covering the period 2013 - 2017. Well, on 17th December last Phil Hogan, Minister at  the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, launched the new strategy, "Opportunities for All: the public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development" (pdf, 1.2mb, 104pp).