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So here we are post-boom, with lighter pockets and tighter belts. What to do? Drop in to your local  library for a few ideas on how to make a little go a long way.



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The French Crime Fiction Challenge

I think it fair to say that the Nordic countries have not got it all to themselves after all! What might I be referring to, you may ask? The market in crime fiction of course. But maybe some of you never thought they had to to begin with - after all we have always had a wealth of crime fiction emanating from the United States and from Britain, and you could add to that several others including the Italians and in recent times the Irish too. I have to say it IS great to see Irish crime fiction writing blossoming in recent years, a subject I really must blog about soon.

DivaBut there is another jursidiction we must visit and pay tribute to also, and that is France. Crime fiction is hugely popular in France; I have read where it says one in five books sold there is a crime novel. As a bit of an aside, I recall many years ago seeing Diva (1981), that wonderful french film about a Parisian mail courier (Jules) in possession of two highly sought-after tapes: the first containing a rare recording of an American opera singer with whom he has fallen in love; the second is a tape slipped into his bag by a young woman just before she is murdered. The unwitting Jules finds himself being pursued by a gang of drug-dealers who will do anything to get their hands on the cassettes. A marvellous film, do borrow the DVD from the library when you get the chance (and sitting on the shelf in Pearse Street Library as I write!). Read more »

Newspapers as historical research tools

From the oldest cave paintings found in Chauvet, France, via Egyptian hieroglyphs to ancient Rome’s 'Acta  Diurna' government announcements carved in metal or stone and hung in public places, to 2nd and 3rd century A.D. Chinese  ‘Tipao’ or 'news sheets' and on  to 8th Century A.D. Chinese ‘Kaiyuan Za Bo' handwritten on silk and read aloud by government officials, until Johannes Gutenberg perfected ‘movable type' printing in the 15th century and instigated the ‘Printing Revolution', the need to document and reflect the world around us has long been an aspiration of all human societies.

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Library Communiversity - NUIM course at Coolock library

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Dublin City Public Libraries, in association with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), the Library Council of Ireland and Northside Partnership, is currently running a 20-week four-module course, each module of 5 weeks duration and each covering a general humanities subject. The modules are:

  1. The Economy & Us:
  2. Politics, Power and People: Who rules who?
  3. Geography and the Environment
  4. Introduction to Philosophy

The course is discussion led by NUIM lecturers and is held one morning (10–12pm) per week for 20 weeks in Coolock library. Should you want to know more, you can contact Coolock Library on 01 847781 or Paul Hayes (Northside Partnership) on 01 8485630.

It is hoped to make course material available here in the form of handouts, and these will be added below as they become available. Read more »

Literary Award Winner's Acceptance Speech

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On Thursday, 6th June 2013, in the Mansion House in Dublin, 'City of Bohane' by Kevin Barry was announced as the winner of the 18th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

Watch Kevin deliver his acceptance speech: 

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CILIP Carnegie Greenaway 2013 Winners Announced Today

Maggot MoonThe CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenway Medal winners for 2013 have just been announced. The Carnegie Medal was won by Dyslexic author Sally Gardner with 'Maggot Moon' (published by Hot Key Books). In this tale, when his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of The Motherland.

The shortlist also included award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'A Greyhound of a Girl'. Read about the shortlist on previous blog post.

The Kate Greenway Medal was won by illustrator Levi Pinfold for only his second picture book, 'Black Dog' (published by Templar Publishing). Read more »

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