Help us to help you!

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by Fingal Libraries on May 8, 2017 in Libraries

How do you look for information on health? Librarians want to know! Tell us how you look for health information by filling out this survey.  We will use your answers to help us make it easier to find health information. We are HEAL: the Health Education and Libraries group. Members include librarians in public libraries […]

Put down the Phone and Pick up a Book!

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by Fingal Libraries on May 2, 2017 in Libraries

Too many books, not enough time. That is my current dilemma. For the past few months I always seem to be rushing from one thing to the next. I never seem to have a minute to sit down, relax and read. As a person who loves reading, I find this is bizarre. How can a […]

Travel Guides

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by Fingal Libraries on November 2, 2016 in Libraries

There’s nothing wrong with getting information on your holiday destination from the internet, if you don’t mind the grey printouts that suck the joy out of the sunniest of plans. It really seems quite easy; just type ‘things to do in Thailand’ for example and you will be presented with lots of suggestions for activities […]

Ramsey Campbell Territory

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by Fingal Libraries on October 28, 2016 in Libraries

Some years ago I read Stephen King’s fascinating study of horror Danse Macabre, which included a section on the work of two of the leading practitioners of Britain’s new wave of horror in the 1970s, James Herbert and Ramsey Campbell. I had already encountered James Herbert’s work through the novels The Fog and Haunted, but […]

The Literary Works of Patti Smith

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by Fingal Libraries on October 18, 2016 in Libraries

When you hear the name Patti Smith what most likely comes to mind is her edgy 1970s New York punk music, her beat poetry style, the originality of her debut album Horses or those stunning black and white portraits taken by Robert Mapplethorpe. Further down the list we come to her books, and there are […]

Bowie and his favourite books

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by Fingal Libraries on October 10, 2016 in Libraries

New York 1987: During a commercially viable but artistically difficult period in his career, David Bowie made an advertisement for the American Library Association. He is pictured dressed in classical 1980s fashion, wearing a Letterman Varsity jacket and tight jeans, bare-footed, soaring through the air, reading Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, The Idiot. ‘The Idiot’ was also the name […]

Irish Therapy Dogs

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by Fingal Libraries on September 26, 2016 in Managers

The saying goes “Dogs are a man’s best friend”.  And us dog lovers would agree for numerous reasons, however having a therapy dog must be one of the best. Dogs can mean different things to different people. Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colours and in 2014 there were 340 recognised breeds worldwide so you […]

The “Outlander Series” by Diana Gabaldon

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by Fingal Libraries on September 15, 2016 in Libraries

Confession: I’ve never read any of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” books – but as soon as it was recommended to me by colleagues, I was hooked. I wish I had more time to read it which I don’t, but I tend to make as much time as possible by delaying dinner for the family.  A bit […]

Culture Night in Blanchardstown Library

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by Fingal Libraries on September 10, 2016 in Libraries

Blanchardstown Library are delighted to invite you to a family friendly evening of culture on Friday the 16th of September 2016. Events for the night include traditional song and dance, a puppet show and a brass band. The schedule of events is: 6.00pm-6.45pm European Puppet Show for Children with Julie-Rose McCormick Award Ceremonies for Summer […]

Culture Night in Swords Library

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by Fingal Libraries on September 8, 2016 in Libraries

CULTURE NIGHT in SWORDS LIBRARY Friday 16th September 2016 The original meaning of ‘culture’ had to do with the land. The word is connected etymologically with Latin cultura ‘a cultivating, agriculture’ and had the figurative sense of ‘to care’ ‘to honour’ from past participle stem of colere ‘to tend, guard; to till, cultivate’ (Online Etymology […]

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