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Desert Island Picks


So. If you were marooned on a desert island, and could have only one book, one film, and one cd with you, what would they be? Frankly I’m doing well to get it down to five of each: choosing just one is incredibly difficult, and, in a couple of months time, I’d probably give completely different answers. It all depends on what mood we’re in, and where we are in our lives. So I’ve simply gone with: which ones do I keep coming back to over time. Feel free to post your own up. Read more »

Supporting literacy in the local authority

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Tanaiste Eamon GilmoreTánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore today launched the national 'Right to Read Campaign' in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, at Charleville Mall Library. The campaign aims to have an integrated approach to supporting literacy.

Also present were: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD; Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O'Sullivan TD;  Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD; and Minister for European Affairs Pascal Donohoe TD.

Enjoying their visit to the library also were the staff and children from St. Louise's Crèche, North William Street (below).

St. Louise's creche children  and staff at launch

View the photo slideshow of the launch below and read the Press Release from the Irish Government News Service. Read more »

Theatre Lovett presents at Pearse Street Library

Lovett PresentsSo, which absurd cat are you?

View slideshow below of photos taken during the forty-five minute workshop for 7- 10 year olds held in Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 2nd July, the title of which was "Theatre Lovett presents... Which absurd cat are you?".

Renowned European quizmaster Karl Heinz Ruminegge is one of the world's deepest thinkers (he lives in a submarine off Hamburg). He leads an audience of armchair experts, artefacts, scientists and fans of nonsense through his own absurd quiz: Which absurd cat are you? Read more »

Ireland's Most Visited Free Attractions... add to that list Your Library!

Central Library visitorsToday Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism authority, published their list of Ireland’s top visitor attractions for 2013. Top of the free-to-visit attractions was the National Gallery of Ireland with 641,572 visitors in 2013. Prominent also amongst the top 10 were the National Library of Ireland (260,152) and the Chester Beatty Library (250,659).

Right: A well attended event in the Central Library

But I bet you didn't know that Dublin City Council's Central Library received 480,517 visits in 2013! Which would rank it as the third most visited free attraction should public library locations be included in the figures. And while you are being bombarded with statistics, you might be interested to know that Dublin City Public Libraries' network of branches registered over 2.6 million visits in 2013, equating to more visits than the combined total of the top 5 attractions below! Read more »

Challenge yourself and visit the library!

Job NetworkingOccupation Transformation are hosting an Information and Network session on Thursday, 10th July, 2014 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm in the Business and Reference Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin 1. If you are unemployed, looking for new challenges, would like to develop your career potential or team up with new people this is the place to be.

It is free to attend but booking is recommended at (01) 873 3996.

On the road

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thumbing a liftThis is my first blog in a long time, mainly because I’m out on relief, which means I’m not based in any one branch but go to whichever branch is shortstaffed on the day. There are pros and cons to being on the road: the downsides are I’m living out of a rucksack, carrying everything that I might need every day, because I can’t keep food onsite – (sings) don’t know when I’ll be back again! The upsides are variety, catching up with other staff members I haven’t seen in years, getting to know how different branches do things, different demographies, meeting lots of new people, and, as one staff member here puts it, going feral! So what else could I kick off with but a review of books about life on the move. Read more »

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