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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 »

Crossing the Liffey in Style: Rosie Hackett Bridge

Cover Rosie Hackett Bridge Booklet

The Rosie Hackett Bridge - the newest bridge to span the Liffey opens this month. If you are curious to learn more about Rosie and how the bridge came to be named in her honour, Dublin City Council have published a booklet which was launched this morning, 9 May, by Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn.

The booklet contains an original essay on Rosie Hackett written by James Curry based on research carried out for his Ph.D. thesis. It also includes short biographies of the four other names shortlisted - Kay Mills, Willie Bermingham, Bram Stoker and Frank Duff, as well as the full list of suggested names. Visit your local library for more information on the names featured on the longlist. 

Note: The booklet had a limited print run and unfortunately there are few hard copies now left, and they too will likely soon run out. Distribution is through the library branch network, so check with your branch re. availability. Rest assured though you can always access the digital version, see link below. (3 June 2014) Read more »

Japan donate translated Japanese books to Central Library

Ms Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian with Deputy Head of Mission Mr Kojiro Uchiyama. Photo: Embassy of Japan in IrelandOn 8 May 2014, 12 works of Japanese literature donated by the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP) to the Central Library of Dublin in March 2014, were made available for the public to borrow.

This donation was initiated by the JLPP, which was founded to promote modern Japanese literature to the world. Under this programme, overseen by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, works of Japanese literature published over the past 150 years are selected by a committee of literary professionals, translated into various languages, and published overseas.

Photo: Ms Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian with Deputy Head of Mission Mr Kojiro Uchiyama. Photo: Embassy of Japan in Ireland Read more »

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Magazines – What are held here?

Irish Garden Magazine cover

The Business & Reference Library has in excess of 160 magazine titles in print, including some of the newest and most topical editions – fancy browsing through TIME magazine or Business and Finance to find the latest current affair issues or something more local such as tending and nurturing your garden with The Irish Garden.

This collection includes a wide variety of subjects encompassing both business and general reference material. Are you interested in any of these topics?

accountancy, agriculture, arts, banking, building, business, education, employment, EU, finance, franchising, health, law, marketing, management, tourism, and training and gardening, angling, auto and wildlife many many more besides… Read more »

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