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Dublin Festival of History 2018

Dublin Festival of History logoDublin Festival of History returns for it's sixth year and takes place from the 24th September to 7th October. This year will see over 140 events across the city, with talks, walks, tours and exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including the historical impact of gaming, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ time spent in Ireland, a queer history of Kilmainham Gaol, an evening of conversation and music with Christy Dignam, as well as numerous events marking 100 years of Irish women’s suffrage. All events are free.

The Festival will culminate with a ‘Big Weekend’ series of talks at City Hall and the Printworks, Dublin Castle, taking place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October featuring many best-selling historians. Michael Palin will bring to life the history of the ship HMS Erebus, Anne Applebaum will discuss Stalin’s war on the Ukraine in the 1930s, while Helen Rappaport will shed new light on the murder of the Russian Imperial Family after the Bolshevik Revolution, 100 years after their death.

Clear it Out!

bagsWhen you open your wardrobe do you risk life and limb from the ensuing avalanche of clothing that you have kept since your first communion? Are you afraid to look in your attic lest you discover, behind the heaving boxes of ancient Christmas decorations, the earthly remains of Shergar? Would your shoe collection make Imelda Marcos weep tears of sheer joy? Do your kitchen cupboards make you speculate, like Disney’s Ariel, as to ‘How many wonders can one cavern hold?’

If so then help is at hand! For the month of April Rathmines library will be hosting a display of books on de-cluttering your home to help you get rid of all the junk and unwanted bits and bobs that you may have accumulated over the years so you can create more space and enjoy a more organised, harmonious environment.

Witnesses to War

Suite FrancaiseAs 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, Rathmines Library will host a book display called Witnesses to War throughout the month of March. This will include both fiction and non fiction works. These titles include personal accounts that document the callousness, cruelty and tragedy of war while others demonstrate how the experience of war continues to inform a writer’s work long after a war has ended.

Two of our chosen authors, Irene Nemirovsky and Anne Frank did not survive the wars they witnessed. Their accounts demand our attention and demonstrate the enduring power of the human imagination and spirit over the bleak realities, and sense of hopelessness that accompanies war.

Dogs Days in Rathmines

dog by Tarsila KruseFor the month of February, Rathmines Library will be going to the dogs, or rather, the dogs will be coming to us!  Tarsila Kruse’s exhibition, 100 days of Dogs, will be visited by 200 local schoolchildren, we will be running a Paws and Claws Animals in Literature Quiz and Canine Capers, two doggy-themed films, will be shown  in the library on the afternoons of 16th and 17th February.

For schools, we will have some very special visitors to library. Their minders will also be along  tell us about the valuable work they do in the community.

Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Healthy IrelandNew: Healthy Ireland at Your Library service is now available in all local libraries across the country. The programme will enhance current health information in public libraries by providing new books, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing, a wider selection of health information for all users, and through a service delivered by trained library staff for this programme. Look out for special books collection, online health resources, programme of events from January to March with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy.

  • Health information - Guidance on access to information
  • Books on Health and Wellbeing: large collection of books on health and wellbeing
  • Online Health Information: eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines
  • Programmes and Events: talks, discussions and workshops relating to various health and wellbeing topics (January - March 2018)

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.

Evolution of the Computer: from mainframes to current technologies

boardAn evolution has occurred with bit / byte data that has transformed the IT world over the last 60 years. The logic of inputting a code to a system, processing that code and then producing a result, or the arithmetic / logical operation was the basic groundings for the first bit-serial binary computer in the late 1940s.

The first computing generation occurred from 1942 to 1955 with the Mainframe Computer, a machine which used vacuum tube technology to make electronic digital computers. The first bit-serial binary computer was the BINAC which was launched in 1949. It could calculate data in milliseconds. Next was the ‘ENIAC - a first electronic general-purpose computer which could solve ‘a large class of numerical problems’ through reprogramming. Other computer manufacturers followed suit.

History eAudiobooks

Audiobook on the goIt's Dublin Festival of History time and to celebrate we've put together a short list of history eAudiobooks that you may enjoy. Now you can satisfy your curiosity for the past and your interest in history while walking, running, in the car, cooking dinner or even at the gym.  All these titles are available to download or reserve now.  All you need is a WiFi connection and your library membership! So if you haven't signed up already, visit library.bolindadigital.com/dublin and sign in using your library membership card number and PIN. You can borrow up to 5 eAudiobooks at a time to listen on your phone, tablet, mp3 player.

Don't forget we also have hundreds of history audiobooks that you can borrow as CD or Mp3 player from your local library.

Ten History eBooks

ebooks on tabletDublin Festival of History begins tomorrow and to celebrate we have picked out a selection of history eBooks which you can download and read. Now, we absolutely love history books but sometimes it can be tricky to squeeze that fabulous hard back tome into your bag to read on the bus or on holidays.  So this is where the eBook and your library step in! We have hundreds of history books ready for you to download right now. All you need is a WiFi connection and your library membership!

If you haven't signed up already, visit library.bolindadigital.com/dublin and sign in using your library membership card number and PIN. You can borrow up to 5 eBooks and 5 eAudiobooks at a time to read on your phone, tablet or reader.

Festival of History Reads

Dublin Festival of HistoryThis year's Dublin Festival of History promises to engage and challenge history lovers with a diverse range of interesting talks.  Topics on the programme include Ireland's sporting history, Stalin's personal library, Hillsborough, modern Middle East, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the raid on Entebbe airport and World War I and II. 

We have put together a book list as we are sure you will want to know more about these interesting areas after attending the talks. All books are available to borrow from our libraries and the pop up library at the Festival.

Dublin Festival of History takes place all over Dublin city from 23 September to 8 October. Once again the Festival programme offers lectures, film, walking tours and exhibitions. History will be brought to people’s doorsteps via the city’s branch library network with a series of talks and workshops.

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