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Happy Christmas from Dublin City Public Libraries

Our Children's Books of the Year

Bookcover: The Sleeper and the SpindleHere are just a few of the magical children's books we enjoyed reading both  to the children in our lives and ourselves! Read more »

Christmas at the Front: Insights from the Monica Roberts Collection

Christmas CardThe Monica Roberts Collection Database is well-worth examining for insights into the personal stories of Irish soldiers fighting at the Front and their experiences at Christmas time. The letters have recently been transcribed and digitized by Dublin City Council and the user-friendly database allows for keyword searching across the collection and also searching by ‘month and date’. This allows researchers to explore different themes and topics.  A search using  key-words such as ‘Christmas’ and 'New Year' finds vivid pen-pictures of  different soldiers and their efforts to keep their spirits up during the Christmas period. Read more »

Stranger than Fiction: Our favourite non-fiction books of 2014

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Bookcover: Hidden City by Karl WhitneyWe read a lot here in Dublin City Public Libraries and it's not just fiction that takes our fancy. There is so much to learn and discover when you open the covers of our favourite non-fiction reads. And when it comes to non-fiction, the varied interests of Dublin City Public Libraries' staff really become apparent! Here are our top non-fiction reads of 2014:

Two books about Dublin caught our eye this year:

Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin by Foot, Bike, Bus, Train and Tram: In the Sewers and Underground Rivers; Along the Edges and Behind the Hoardings by Karl Whitney.
Beautifully written book that takes you off the beaten track to journey through some of the secrets of our capital city. Just the right mix of scholarship and adventure
Gill

Dublin: the Making of a Capital City by David Dickson
Loved dipping into this great history of Dublin
Mary Read more »

Lord Mayor's Certificates, Conferring Ceremony

The conferring ceremony for graduates of the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History, and the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Local Studies, 2013-2014, took place in the Dublin City Library & Archive on Wednesday, 10th December, 2014. 

Lord Mayor's Certificates - conferring ceremony

Above: Photo from the conferring ceremony. Click to view larger version.

The Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History, and the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies, are two courses run by Dublin City Archives and offered to the public as part of Dublin City Council's commitment to life long learning. Read more »

Our Favourite Fiction of the Year

bookcover: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard FlanaganObviously one of the major perks of working in a library is you have access to thousands of fantastic books everyday. And in Dublin City Public Libraries we really do love our books! Here are just a few goodies from our shelves that we enjoyed reading this year and would like to recommend to you.

Watch this space in January for more book recommendations when it will be the turn of the book lovers who attend one of our many book clubs.

Winning the Man Booker Prize seems a sure fire way of catapulting a book into the most borrowed list. The winner of the Man Booker Prize this year The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan is no different and is highly sought after. Read more »

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