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Science Week 2014

A day in the life of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive

Have you ever wondered what a typical day in Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive looks like? Here's a sneak peak:

#MyDCCDay activities in libraries

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The illustrations of John Tenniel

Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice in WonderlandSir John Tenniel died just one hundred years ago, on 25 February 1914, aged 94 (see The Irish Times, Friday 27 February 1914, p.7). Tenniel was chief political cartoonist with Punch, the satirical weekly magazine, but he is best known to generations of children as the creator of the pale blonde Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. He was born on 28 February 1820 in Bayswater in London. He was invited to join Punch by its founding editor, Mark Lemon, at Christmas 1850 and worked there until his retirement in 1901. He was knighted by Queen Victoria for artistic achievements in 1893. Read more »

If Ever You Go to Dublin

If Ever You GoSoon to be upon us is Dublin: One City, One Book, the Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This year's choice of book, 'If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song' is something completely different yet very Dublin.

'If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song' is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press, it is a unique volume of writing about Dublin, from early to modern times, and very soon you will be able to borrow it from our branch libraries or buy a copy in bookshops.

But did you know...?

"If ever you go" are the first words in a poem by that famous Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969).  The rest of the verse goes as follows:- Read more »

The Capuchin Annual in Dublin

The Capuchin Annual 1940Dublin, in the turbulent early decades of the Irish Free State, was home to an extraordinary number and variety of literary and cultural periodicals. Some, such as Klaxon (1924) and To-morrow (1924), had a very limited editorial remit and managed to survive for only one or two issues; others, such as The Dublin Magazine (1923-1958) survived for twenty years and more. The Bell (1940-1954) is probably the most well known and well researched of the Dublin periodicals, but published research on the other periodicals has been limited. Read more »

Safer Internet Day, 11th February - Let's create a better internet together

Safer Internet Day 2014

Today, Tuesday, 11h February, is Safer Internet Day (SID).  Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each 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 "Let’s create a better internet together".

We  provide some very useful tips for both the younger Internet user and for parents and guardians on staying safe on the Internet.

Watch this short promo SID video from Insafe: Read more »

The Inaugural Folio Prize Shortlist Announced

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A Girl is a Half-formed ThingIrish author Eimear McBride is making a habit of being nominated for inaugural literary awards! Eimear was today announced as one of the eight novelists shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize. The other authors shortlisted are Anne Carson, Amity Gaige, Jane Gardam, Kent Haruf, Rachel Kushner, Sergio De La Pava and George Saunders.  The eight are all in the running for the £40,000 prize, the winner of which will be announced on Monday, 1st March.

Eimear's book, 'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing', tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Only last November Eimer's book won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, having been rejected by publishers for a good number of years until Galley Beggar Press took a chance on it, a book other publishers thought too experimental.

The eight books in contention for this year’s prize are: Read more »

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