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Music PAL provides better access to Music Library collections

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Music PALHow can Music PAL help you?

Are you a musican, music student, music teacher, composer, researcher, or simply pursuing a special interest of your own?

Music PAL helps make music resources in a broad range of libraries throughout Ireland easily accessible to all. The Music PAL scheme includes 16 public, 10 higher education, 3 conservatoire and 6 special libraries throughout the island of Ireland, a total of 35 institutions in all. Many of these hold broad collections of various sizes, while others (such as the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the Contemporary Music Centre) focus on specific musical genres.

You can ask for a Music PAL Access Card at the Music Library in the Central Library. The Access Card will allow you to visit and make use of the facilities at any of the libraries that are members of the Music PAL scheme (subject to certain conditions). Read more »

The Children's Book of the Year is... Hagwitch!

HagwitchCongratulations to Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick for picking up the Children's Book of the Year award with her novel HagwitchEight titles were shortlisted for the 24th CBI Book of the Year Awards, the shortlist having been announced on Tuesday, 18th March last.

Book Summary: Two lives, four centuries apart, but a dark secret ties them together. It's summer, and the world of the theatre barge is coming to life. It's Lally's world and the only one she's ever known. But when her father pulls an ancient piece of wood from the canal and fashions it into a puppet, strange things begin to happen. Soon Lally starts to wonder whether there is something sinister about the wooden doll - could she be connected to the mysterious hagwitch?

Read more about her win as well as the other category winners announced today.

Remembering Irish Men and Women who served in the First World War

Royal Dublin Fusilers BadgeThe Imperial War Museum has just launched a new project to create a permanent digital memorial to every man and woman who served in the First World War.   This ambitious undertaking asks members of the public to share the life story of any relative they have uncovered who served in World War 1. One of the first life stories uploaded to the website relates to the life of Irish man Private Michael Lennon who served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Read more »

European and Local Elections Day

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e-RegThe European Parliament Election and the Local Elections 2014 will be held on Friday 23rd May. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Twelve candidates will contest three Dublin seats in the European Parliament Elections.  In the Dublin City Council Local Elections voters from nine local electoral areas will together elect sixty-three Councillors. Here is the full list of candidates by area.  You can follow the action on twitter using #le14.

Check the Register to see if you are already registered to vote. Read more »

Irish School Readers and Famous Folktales

Post by Caroline Turner

 Knowledge and Literature Intermediate BookHow do folktales and history intertwine? Pick up a school reader from the 1940s, 50s, or 60s in Ireland and you’ll see. Every book from Reading Time, Fact and Fancy, The Educational Readers, The Emerald Readers to Young Ireland Readers presented folktales, and hundreds of these school books were donated to the Dublin City Library and Archives on Pearse Street.

Right: This is the inside cover of the book, ‘The Educational Readers: Knowledge and Literature Intermediate Book.’ The next page reads, ‘The designs on the end papers of this book are based on the ornamentation and the lettering of the Book of Kells.’ The quote is by Carlyle. (click image to enlarge) Read more »

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