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Crime Catch-Up!

book jacketsI've fallen so far behind with my book reviews (being amply complimentary to myself in calling them such!) that I had to revisit the archives in order to discover when I last posted and about what. In fact it was back in late May, and in my defence I declare that work and life has been too 'involving' and not afforded me the time to indulge myself in the pleasurable pursuit of putting on paper (metaphorically speaking) my thoughts on the books I read and then sharing those here on the library blog.

While I have read quite a few crime novels over the past couple of months, I will restrict my mention here to five of those, in so doing jumping from southern Europe to northern Europe and finally to the southern portion of the African continent. Read more »

Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer, RIP

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Nadine GordimerSouth African Nobel Prize winning author Nadine Gordimer died in her home in Johannesburg on Sunday, 13 July 2014.

A writer and political activist, she was a strong voice against apartheid. She published her first story at 15, and her works comprise novels and short stories, the central theme of which was apartheid and its consequences. Indeed a number of her works were banned in South Africa before the fall of apartheid.

Right: Nadine Gordimer (photo credits) Read more »

Young Skins by Colin Barrett Scoops Major Short Story Award

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Young SkinsThe Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been won by Irish author Colin Barrett, for his debut collection 'Young Skins'.

The Mayo-born writer held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the Award. He becomes only the second Irish-born writer to win the Award, following in the footsteps of Edna O’Brien, who won in 2011 with 'Saints and Sinners'. Previous winners have also included Haruki Murakami, Ron Rash and Yiyun Li, who won the inaugural Award in 2005 with 'A Thousand Years of Good Prayers'. Read more »

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 »

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