non-fiction

International Women's Day - Four to Acknowledge

Mary McAleese, building bridgesToday, Thursday 8 March being International Women's Day, I thought I might make mention of just four great Irish women who have made, and continue to make, their mark on Irish society and internationally. The four are: Mary McAleese, Mary Robinson, Christina Noble, and Adi Roche. I will point you to books we have in stock that are either based on their lives or/and which they have authored themselves.

Of the four, the first that comes to my mind, for the reason that I got to meet her in Áras an Uachtaráin in June 2011, is Mary McAleese, who served as the eight President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. 

The eldest of nine children, President McAleese was born in 1951 in Belfast and became a barrister and a Professor of Law. In 1994, she became the first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Queen's University of Belfast. Her lifelong interests have been in justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation. 

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)

My non-fiction favourites of 2011

Contemporary Irish KnitsI read a lot of books over the last year, approximately 290 of which I noted from the library.  Over the next few weeks I'm going to pick out a few that stood out from the herd.  This week is Non-Fiction.

Baby Boom!

babyAs we are experiencing a baby boom in Ireland at the moment, more and more of you are becoming parents for the first time. Why not look to your local library for some advice? We have a huge range of books that could help you. Whether you are thinking about starting a family, have just found out that you are expecting a baby or are trying to cope with a demanding toddler, we have something to suit all your needs.

A Winning Night at Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards

     Irish Book Awards  Ireland's 'glitterati' came out in force last night at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Ceremony in the Concert Hall of the RDS. In a night when Seamus Heaney received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by fellow poet Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, it would be easier to say who wasn't there, than who was - even former US President Bill Clinton appeared in a pre-recorded tribute to 'one of the world's favourite poets'.

The Irish Book Award winners are voted on by the public and the various categories were hotly contested. All winning and shortlisted books are available to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries. Winners on the night were;

Rachel Allen's New Book 'Easy Meals'

Rachel Allen Easy MealsRachel Allen’s new cook book 'Easy Meals. Over 180 Delicious Recipes to get you Through your Life' is now available to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries. Included in her new book are lots of quick and trouble-free recipes and plenty of great ideas such as her one pot recipes and recipes that have just five ingredients.

As always her book is full of colourful pictures and has lots of interesting and original combinations of ingredients for example Pork, Chorizo, Haricot Beans with Red Wine and Chickpea and Aubergine Salad.

Summer Holidays!

beachGoing on Summer Holidays? Why not save yourself some spending money and pick up some travel guides at your local library. We have a wide range of up to date travel guides e.g. Lonely Planet Guides, Rough Guides and Timeout travel guides, as well as lots of info on places to go and things to see.

With Basic info such as how to get to and from the airport plus maps of the areas and recommended activities, accommodation etc. that will suit all the family, these guides are a must have for all you holiday makers looking to make the most of your stay.

Learning to drive

Driver Theory TestWhether you are about to sit your driver theory test or preparing to do the practical driving test, your local library is a one stop shop for all your needs! From application forms to books and CD-ROMS, the library has everything you need to help you on your way to becoming a competent and confident driver.

Sitting your driver theory test will be your first step, and the Official Driver Theory Test book and Driver Theory Test CD-ROM are available for you to borrow in any Dublin City Public Library. Once you pass the theory test and get your Learners Permit, preparing for and passing your practical driving test will be your next challenge!

Get It! – The Irish Driving Test is an excellent book, available from Dublin City Public Libraries, which covers many aspects of the practical driving test – from knowing what the various road signs mean, to parking and roundabouts.

Knitting

These days knitting is news.  There have been several theories bandied about about why this is.  Some of the theories espoused in the US were connected with a need for security that was felt in the US after September 11th.  There are other theories that suggest that people want better fitting and more personalised clothing, whatever the reason, knitting and other crafts are taking an upswing.

In Ireland, and indeed Dublin, there are meetings almost daily, and these are the publicly known ones. Knitting groups meet on a weekly or monthly basis in Dublin City Libraries. Irish Knitting also has a log of all the groups it could find both in Dublin and throughout Ireland The Dublin Knit Collective regularly interviews Dublin Knitters and Crocheters  If you haven't joined yet, Ravelry is both a wonderful resource and a time-sink, it's free to join and there are a number of Irish groups on it and some Irish Shop linked groups as well

There are many Irish knitters, Crocheters and crafters who blog about crafts (and some who blog about other things).  The Irish Knitting blog was founded in order to address an issue of visibility of Irish Knitters and Crocheters and expanded somewhat since it started.  They try to do a weekly update with what's happening in the Irish Crafty World.

Dublin City Public libraries has a number of books on knitting, from older to new.

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