Alex Garland: From The Beach to Ex Machina

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by Fingal Libraries on July 14, 2016 in Libraries

Twenty years ago, Alex Garland published his debut novel, The Beach, and within a year it was a worldwide bestseller and a cultural reference point. The Londoner was the son of political cartoonist Nicholas Garland and his early interests were graphic art and journalism rather than fiction. But after travelling extensively around Asia as a […]

Fun, Lively Discussion, Debate! At Swords Library Children’s Book Club

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by Fingal Libraries on July 7, 2016 in Libraries

A children’s book club opens up a whole new world to the child. It is not school and it is not home. It is the local Library, where you can come on a regular basis and enjoy a plethora of different books and a world of ideas to fuel the imagination. It is confidence building […]

My 5 Best Things to Do in Donabate!

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by Fingal Libraries on June 30, 2016 in Libraries

With its natural attractions, stunning gardens and unique shops, Donabate has plenty to offer both locals and visitors. As part of a ‘5 Best Things’ blog, Nadene Ryan highlights some of the finest things to see and do in this charming little seaside village in North County Dublin. 1.       Walks Galore Is there a better […]

Get ready for the Summer Stars Reading Adventure in your local library

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by Fingal Libraries on June 23, 2016 in Libraries

Did you know reading gives children a head start in life, benefiting them in more ways than you might imagine?  The school holidays provide an ideal opportunity for children to experience reading as a fun activity. To support children’s reading, Summer Stars, a free programme, open to all, takes place in public libraries throughout the […]

“The Red-Letter Day”

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by Fingal Libraries on June 20, 2016 in Libraries

Guest Blogger Louise Coughlan reviews “The Red-Letter Day” by SP McArdle Meet Jenny, where she travels through time and encounters some very strange and interesting people along the way. The book was very insightful, as well as educational with a very good synopsis on Irish history.  Children age 8-12 will love the adventures of Jenny […]

New Genealogy Advisory Service starts in Blanchardstown Library

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by Fingal Libraries on June 13, 2016 in Libraries

Are you eager to find out more about your family history? If so then bring your questions to a new Genealogy Advisory Service taking place in Blanchardstown Library this summer.  Providing the advice will be Fiona Fitzsimons from Eneclann, a Trinity College campus company that specialises in history and heritage. “The Genealogy Advisory Service is […]

Euros 2016

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by Fingal Libraries on June 7, 2016 in Libraries, Sports & Recreation

It’s time to hop aboard the bandwagon as we get ready for the European Championships, which kicks off on June 10th in Paris.  Everybody loves a bandwagon.  A case in point is a musician friend of mine who knows absolutely nothing about football.  I mean absolutely nothing.  He wouldn’t know the difference between a bicycle-kick […]

Ross MacDonald & Lew Archer

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by Fingal Libraries on May 31, 2016 in Libraries

If you ask anybody to name a famous private detective from American crime and mystery fiction of the past, you’ll undoubtedly receive in response the names of Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s famous creation immortalised in many screen adaptations by actors such as Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and Elliott Gould, or Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, portrayed […]

Cake is for Life – not just for Birthdays

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by Fingal Libraries on May 25, 2016 in Libraries

The “Great Balbriggan Bake Off 2016” will take place on Monday 30th May 6.30-8.00pm in Balbriggan Library as part of the Balbriggan Summerfest Celebrations. The winners of each category will receive an afternoon tea voucher and the overall winner will be awarded the trophy for “Balbriggan Baker of the Year 2016”. This is our fourth Bake- […]

Another new eService for Fingal Libraries!

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by Fingal Libraries on May 15, 2016 in Libraries

Fingal Libraries would like to let all our members know about a new service that was launched on our website on 1st May 2016. Another FREE online service, ‘Comic Plus’ contains thousands of digital graphic novels and comics with titles from publishers such as IDW and Manga available. The site contains material suitable for members […]

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