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Science Week 2014

Reading Groups’ Book Choices 2013

In 2013 136 book clubs attached to Dublin City Libraries enjoyed and discussed 454 different books!

Most popular titles were the 2013 Dublin: One City One Book choice Strumpet City by James Plunkett; City of Bohane by Kevin Barry - the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese.

Anne Tyler, Graham Greene, Nora Roberts and Ian McEwan were the most popular authors.

 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Paris Wife by Pauline McLain The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Read more »

A 'Killer' Show: Live in Dublin

Day and Age by the KillersThis Post was submitted by our Guest Blogger, Amy Connolly.

A 'Killer' Show: Live at the o2 Arena and Phoenix Park Dublin

The Killers released their new album 'Direct Hits', a best of collection recently. Their previous album 'Battle Born' hit the shelves in late 2012 and gave me the opportunity to see them play live not once but twice during 2013! It was very interesting seeing them perform in two very different venues. They are equally amazing to listen to in the enclosed environs of the o2 arena and the outdoor setting of the Phoenix Park in July. Both venues providing great sound quality and listening experiences for fans. My boyfriend and myself attended their sell-out show in the o2 in February, the tickets were a gift for my boyfriend’s birthday, and he had a fantastic night, particularly listening to his all time favourite song 'Mr. Brightside'. The rock band’s show was energetic and called for lots of dancing throughout the night. Read more »

Costa Book Awards 2013 Category Winners Announced!

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Costa Book Awards logoThe five category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2013 have been announced and include novelist and former winner Kate Atkinson. Her category win (Costa Novel Award) with her eight novel, 'Life after Life', comes 19 years after she won the overall Costa prize for her debut novel, 'Behind The Scenes At The Museum'. 'Life After Life' follows Ursula Todd, born in England during a snowstorm in 1910, as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Read more »

Quiz Results - Know Your Dublin?

Know Your Dublin QuizThanks to all of you who entered our 'Know Your Dublin' competition. Some of you really do know your Dublin! Congratulations to those people who got all the answers right, and we are happy to announce that the winner, picked from the bundle of correct entries, is June Nugent. We will be sending June a a Book Token for €50.  Below is the list of correct answers and the links to the original images as shown in the Image Galleries.

Photo 1 O'Connell Street -

Photo 2 South King Street - Read more »

Interview with Ruth Long

The series of interviews I have been doing with authors wasCover of Treachery of Beautiful Things actually inspired by a conversation between Ruth and I about a year ago.  Unfortunately her previous books proved impossible to source with our suppliers, and Treachery of Beautiful Things was difficult, but we persevered and it is in stock.

Ruth and I know each other online and through several conventions, we're both librarians, fantasy lovers and lovers of old books, only she gets to work with them in her job.

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Samuel Beckett BridgeDuring recent days, Dubliners will have been stunned to see the city's quayside buildings apparently floating on water, with the Customs House looking like an image from La Serenissima herself. Dublin City Libraries would very much like to build on its photographic collection with pictures of the Dublin floods, so if you have images you would like to share with us, please e-mail them to The pictures will be held as part of our collection, so the Dubliners of the future can look back in amazement at the first days of 2014!

Right: The Samuel Beckett Bridge over the River Liffey, approximately one hour after high tide on Friday, 3rd January. Flood waters had receded by that time; they had in fact spilled over onto the quays at various points. Click thumbnail to enlarge.

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