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New Titles For March

Magic of FictionNew books at Dublin City Public Libraries this month. There's a grand aul stretch in the evenings and the sun is beginning to show more of  itself every day. We're celebrating the arrival of Spring with some fabulous new books.

A Look Back in Books 2018

Staff Picks logoA selection of staff favourites from 2018.

One of the great things about working in a library is seeing all the wonderful new books as they arrive in. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that we do love our books in Dublin City Public Libraries, and so we’ve drawn together a selection of titles that we enjoyed in 2018. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Staff Picks Raheny

Staff PicksStaff in Raheny Library give their take on the books that have stood out to them the most in recent times.
 
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Staff Picks Drumcondra

FictionOur colleagues in Drumcondra Library are recommending the following titles for your reading pleasure.
 
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Staff Picks Rathmines

Staff in Rathmines Library have read and enjoyed the following books and are recommending them to you.
 
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World Book Online

World Book Online LogoThe e-resource featured in this week’s blog is World Book Online. A suite of three websites from the publishers of the famous World Book encyclopedias. Supplying you with accurate information at age appropriate levels in a controlled safe learning environment.

Notes from Underground

Rathmines basement booksRathmines Library staff are digging deep to let their readers know about some of the great books hidden in the library basement! Readers may not be aware that there is a whole floor of books stored below the library – though they may have seen “Basement” marked in bright yellow letters on some of the books they have requested.

Sincerely, Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen"Well my friends have gone, and my hair is grey and I ache in the places that I used to play."
The opening lines of Tower of Song 1988.

In the early nineties I was struck by a song I heard a woman singing on the radio. These lines stuck in my head:

“So you treated some woman to a flake of your life/and when she returned, she was nobody’s wife” (Famous Blue Raincoat).

A scene of infidelity and double betrayal so neatly wrapped up. My jaw dropped when I found out Leonard Cohen had written it and that the original line was “you treated my woman to a flake of your life” this perspective gave the lines even more weight than before.

Crime Fiction Anyone?

Donna LeonCrime fiction books are forever popular, as a look at any weekly bestsellers list will demonstrate. Think 'The Girl on the Train' (which I've just finished reading, and enjoyed), it's been a bestseller for umpteen weeks. Liz Nugent was topping the Irish bestsellers for a number of weeks recently with 'Lying in Wait', while James Patterson's name features regularly on such lists, albeit with books penned by other authors.

Right: Donna Leon in Dubray Bookshop, Dublin, April 2013. (See larger image)

Most of my reads are of crime novels in translation, as I like to travel the world a bit, at least in print. This literary journey recently took me even as far as Argentina and new-to-me author Claudia Pineiro (see below), an author I might not have discovered if it weren't for the International Dublin Literary Award. The inclusion of novels in translation adds greatly to the standing of this Award and differentiates it from most other book awards, and you could do worse than visit the Award site where you will be presented with hundreds of books to choose from, many in translation.

A story a day keeps the doctor away

ReadingGreat news! Scientists have shown reading is good for your health (unlike some other sedentary activities we enjoy!). According to a new study, reading for 3.5 hours or more a week can add 2 years to your life (Read the full study via Science Direct, available at your library). 

The short story is an ideal way to get get started on your healthy reading habit, especially if you feel too busy to commit to a book. It's the perfect length for coffee breaks, commutes, lunch in the park or just before bedtime. And with so many excellent collections and interesting new anthologies out there, you have no excuse! This short stories reading list features historical fiction, crime, the best of Irish and international writing, so there's something for everyone.

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