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Rathmines Library Short Story Competition Winners

In conjunction with ‘Rathmines Roar’ Community Information Day, 17th May, Rathmines library invited children to write a short story about their favourite book and to dress up as a character from the book. The winners were presented with their prizes at Rathmines library on Friday 30th May.

View a slideshow of the competion winners and runners up.

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World Refugee Day, 20th June

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UNHCRLibraries and Bookshops across Dublin City have joined forces to support the UN Refugee Agency's book-reading campaign. The initiative to mark World Refugee Day allows children and adults to explore the devastating impact of war on families by reading books that highlight refugee issues.

"With the world facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, there had never been a better time for people to learn the reasons that force people to flee their homes" said Sophie Magennis, Head of Office with UNHCR Ireland. "Reading a book reminds us of the great contribution refugees make to the countries that offer them protection worldwide, including Ireland who will be resettling 90 Syrian refugees this year". Read more »

Looking for Work? Free event. Remember this important date for you diary.

Looking for Work

On Thursday 26th June, the Business and Reference Library have invited Trish Callanan to host an interactive workshop at 1.30pm, entitled “Looking for work -  reconnecting yourself with your job search and increase your chances of selection”. Trish is an Executive HR Business Partner & Coach and she has a professional background in both business and human resources. There are still a small number of places available on this workshop. Just contact the staff in the Business and Reference Library at (01) 873 3996 to secure your free place.

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez wins International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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The Sound of Things FallingThe Sound of Things Falling by Colombian author, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated from Spanish by Canadian Anne McLean, is the winner of the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

Right: Bloomsbury paperback edition, 2012

The Award is organised by the Public Library service of Dublin City Council. The €100,000 prize is the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English. Uniquely, the IMPAC DUBLIN receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.

The Sound of Things Falling was nominated by Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas, Mexico City.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez lived in Europe for 16 years before returning to his native Bogotá, Colombia. He is the author of two previous novels, The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana. His books have been published in fifteen languages worldwide.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez receives the Award

Above: Author Juan Gabriel Vásquez and translator Anne McLean receive the Award from The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Christy Burke. Also in the photo in Dublin City Librarian, Margaret Hayes, and Dublin Council Chief Executive, Owen Keegan (click image to see larger version) Read more »

Celebrating 75 years of Finnegans Wake

Shannon Colleens May 2014 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of Finnegans Wake.  To celebrate Dublin City Public Libraries hosted the wonderful Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher performing Here's Comes Everybody! a musical journey through Finnegans Wake.  

This performance explores the musical pulse at the heart of Finnegans Wake. The irreverence and subversion of Joyce's comic masterpiece is evoked through parlour song, music hall, nursery rhyme, folk song, street ballads, sea shanties, hymns, carols and the American songbook. James Joyce filled his work with music and in Finnegans Wake there are almost 1,000 song references and allusions. These songs create the dreamlike transformations of the Porter- Earwicker family and express the ambience and cadences peculiar to the city of Dublin. Read more »

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