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World Health Organization Collection: What is it?

WHO logoDublin City Public Libraries is a repository for World Health Organization material (WHO Collection) -  585 items are held to date - and this figure is continually increasing. The WHO Collection dates back to 1980 and contains a comprehensive number of books, pamphlets and magazines published by the organization.

The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations (UN), founded on 7th April 1948, which is responsible for coordinating and improving health services globally. Its headquarters is in Geneva, and from there each of the UN countries (61 in total), work together to improve world health for everyone. Read more »

Man Booker Shortlist Announced - Tóibín Included

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The Testament of Mary

The Man Booker shortlist of six titles has just been announced and includes The Testament of Mary' by Irish author Colm Tóibín. The other five titles on the shortlist are:

'The Testament of Mary' Book Description: "In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, 'The Testament of Mary' tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death."  Read more »

Blood, Bandits and Dark Nights: Most Recent Crime Reads

In my last post (8 August) I discussed four titles from yes, Nordic climes, two being Swedish, one Finnish and one Icelandic. While Nordic writers tend to dominate my reading, they are by no means the only crime writers on my list, case in point being my posts on French crime fiction, Italian crime fiction, and my post on writers from as far afield as Australia, the US, Laos and Africa.

While this my latest update does include two Nordic titles, it also includes an Italian and a South African, and it is the latter that I will start with, as it is the book that excited me the most and which I am only dying to share with you.

City of BloodThe book is 'City of Blood' 5 stars, and it is the debut novel of M.D. Villiers (Martie de Villiers), a South African living in London. Set on the dangerous streets of Johannesburg, it is the tale of Siphwe, a 19-year old orphan who, after rushing to the aid of a woman stabbed on the street, unwittingly gets caught up in the turf war between two rival and dangerous crime lords, one South African, the other Nigerian. With the danger to him and those close to him ever growing, he has to have his wits about him and forge alliances with criminals and police alike in order to survive. The story is told mainly through Siphwe's eyes. Read more »

Draft Strategy for Public Libraries 2013 - 2017 - Public Consultation

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on the draft Strategy for Public Libraries 2013 – 2017. The draft public libraries strategy is an initiative of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the County and City Managers’ Association and the Local Government Management Agency. It sets out a plan for the systematic growth and development of public libraries in Ireland for the period 2013 to 2017 in the context of people’s changing needs, Government policy and the current and predicted economic, social and cultural environment.

A consultation document , the draft strategy on which comments are sought and templates for comments are available below: Read more »

Seamus Heaney, RIP

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Seamus HeaneyIt is with great regret that we learned today of the death of Nobel Poet Laureate, Seamus Heaney.

Seamus was a most gifted writer and a life-long friend and supporter of the public library service.

He was very generous with his time and talents. He supported Dublin's application for UNESCO City of literature status and also took part in the "Dublin Swell" event in March 2011 which celebrated the awarding of the designation.

Just this Spring, Seamus donated some copies of his work in translation to the Dublin Public Libraries Literature collection, adding to the library's extensive collection of his work.

As this time of sadness, it is comforting for readers to know that his words will live on through his printed books and recorded readings. Read more »

The Dublin Festival of History Launched!

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Dublin Festival of History 2013 Programme coverToday sees the launch of the Dublin Festival of History 2013 website and programme of events. The festival is an initiative of Dublin City Council's library and archive service, and it will run from 26th September until the 9th October.

Right: Programme cover, click to enlarge.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinnn, has this to say about the festival: "In this inaugural year, it’s wonderful to see such a stellar line-up of Irish and international historians contributing to the Festival. There are debates on historical fiction, the Great Irish Famine, and the Irish revolutionary period, as well as lectures by Roy Hattersley, Jung Chang, Simon Schama, Tom Holland, and Patrick Geoghegan to name but a few.All of these fantastic events are free and I am sure that Dubliners and visitors alike will find lots to interest them in the programme. Read more »

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