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Add a Little Romance to Your Bookshelf This Valentine's Day

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Essays in Love by Alain de ButtonWith Valentine's Day fast approaching this Saturday, a lot of people have love on their minds. If the sight of cards professing undying devotion, red and pink, and candy hearts are not enough to satisfy your thirst for romance this holiday, consider picking up a romance novel this year from your local Dublin City Library. 

Here are just a few of the titles that you might just end up professing your undying love for once you've finished reading it. Take a look to find a wide variety of romances for any sort of taste.  Read more »

Stop Motion Animation in Dublin City Libraries

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Lego man

On Wednesday, 19 November and Wednesday, 26 November from 3.30pm – 5.00pm  at Coolock Library artist Aoife Giles taught two workshops for children ages 7 to 11 about how to create stop motion animation videos. 

From flying books to mini Lego explorers, dancing chairs to animating favourite poems or phrases, this workshop gave children the opportunity to bring their library to life.  Read more »

Folio Prize Announces Shortlist

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Tenth of December by George SaundersOn Monday, 9 February the Folio Prize Chair of Judges William Fiennes, on behalf of the Folio Society, announced the much anticipated shortlist for this year's Folio Prize at the British Library. The prize recognises the best of English language-fiction from all across the globe, no matter the form, genre, or the author's country of origin. 

The Folio Society is a highly regarded publisher of beautiful editions of some of the world's greatest books, and their panel of judges took many months to deliberate on which books they should select.

This year's shortlist includes a rich spread of international voices, as well as both familiar prizewinners and newcomers. Each of the following selected pieces bolsters the role of storytelling as a way of helping us to make sense of the surrounding world.   Read more »

Safer Internet Day 2015

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Today, Tuesday, 10 February, is Safer Internet Day (SID).  Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe every year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. The theme for this year's campaign is the same as last year because of the success of this campaign: "Let’s create a better internet together," and the hashtags are #SID2015 and #Up2Us.

Watch Your Space, Insafe's site created specifically for teens, supports post-primary students as they do something to address the issue of cyber bullying in their local communities for Safer Internet Day. Read more »

Harper Lee and Other So-Called "One Hit Wonders"

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To Kill a Mockingbird Cover

The recent announcement from Harper Lee that she will be releasing a second novel, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), was met with a flurry of both excitement from both the press and public. Lee wrote this novel, Go Set a Watchman, prior to writing To Kill a Mockingbird. The book will feature an adult Scout, who has returned to her childhood home of Maycomb to visit her father, Atticus. A print run of two million copies will be released in July of 2015. 

Harper Lee is one of a collection of writers known as so-called "One Hit Wonders," meaning that only one of her novels became a major renowned success. Lee fits this description especially well, as To Kill a Mockingbird was her only published novel, but it won a Pulitzer Prize. Below is a list of other writers, of which you may only know one of their works!

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