Hello my old friend!
At the beginning of May, Claire Fay challenged herself to give up Social Media for the month (click here to read about her challenge). Here is Claire’s follow up blog letting us know how it went: I am honestly so surprised that I’m writing this blog. There were serious doubts in my head at the beginning […]
Fingal Libraries – Trusted and Valued by the Community we serve
Fingal County Libraries delivers an innovative and engaging public library service to the citizens of Fingal. With a diverse audience, Library staff strive to improve and enhance the wellbeing of all members of the community. As a learning centre it supports literacy and lifelong learning, often filling the gaps in formal education. Socially, it tackles […]
Fingal Towns: History and Heritage
Over the last twenty years, there have been many books published dealing with the main towns and urban areas of Fingal. Some of them have been published by Fingal Libraries, as part of our policy of supporting local studies development. Swords in the Nineteenth Century (2003) by Áine Shields, published by Fingal County Libraries. This […]
Help us to help you!
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!
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 […]
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
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
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
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
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 […]