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Podcasts from dlr Libraries

We've had some great author talks and events over the last few months in dlr LexIcon. Children's picturebook author and illustrator Lauren Child visited in April to talk about her writing, illustration and design work. Local bestselling author Julie Parsons spoke to Mags Walsh in May about her new novel The Therapy House. Australian author Tim Winton visited later in May to talk about his new collection of true stories and essays The Boy Behind the Curtain. These talks and many more are available to listen back to on our podcast collection page.
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Exhibition launch tonight

Ann Patchett
Seapoint: Sea, Sky and Spires
dlr LexIcon, Level 3
Tuesday 11 July, 6.45pm

All are welcome to attend the launch of this exhibition in dlr LexIcon this evening at 6.45pm. A photo exhibition of Seapoint curated by Prof Eoin O'Brien - a suitably maritime theme for the summer months! 

Photo credit: Ger Holland Photography
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New online service

What’s your name?

Have you ever wanted to find out more about your family name? Now dlr library members can access ‘The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland'. This comprehensive work has over 45,000 entries covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and Cornish surnames. Information available for each name includes geographical distribution, history of origins and genealogical notes.This wonderful new online resource can be accessed via dlr libraries’ website.
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Get your kids Summer reading

Summer Stars

Be a Summer Star!

Summer Reading in dlr Libraries is back for 2017! This year’s theme is ‘Be a Summer Star’ and, as always, we love to encourage all children to continue to read over the summer months. Simply sign up at your local library for Summer Reading. We have great incentives and prizes for all children who participate.
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Calling all crime readers!

Dead in Dún Laoghaire
Global bestsellers Kathy Reichs and Paula Hawkins will headline the inaugural Penguin Random House Ireland Crime Writing Festival: Dead in Dún Laoghaire.

Fans of Irish authors won’t be disappointed with prize-winners John Banville and Stuart Neville discussing their new crime novels Prague Nights and Here and Gone, and what it’s like to write under the pen names Benjamin Black and Haylen Beck. Another pair of prize-winners, bestsellers and book club favourites, Liz Nugent and Karen Perry will be discussing their latest books along with the challenges of getting inside the head of a psychopath and exploring the dark worlds to which their novels take them.

The festival will take place over one day on Saturday 22nd July at The Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire.
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Book swaps

Dún Laoghaire harbour

dlr Libraries are delighted to join with other local organisations and institutions to ensure that our stock has the longest possible lifespan. We regularly donate used stock that is still in good condition to our partners in UCD, the Pavilion Theatre, and dlr Leisure Services at Ballyogan and Loughlinstown. If you are a patron of any of these services you can pick up a book from their collection and maybe even leave one of your own for another patron to enjoy. Look out for our book swap poster.
We hope to extend this service to other locations throughout the county over the next few months. If your organisation would be interested in collaborating with us please e-mail us at


People on the Pier project

Dún Laoghaire harbour
"Just as we are all custodians of history, recipients of stories, anecdotes and accounts of the past, handed on to us by previous generations, so also we are recorders of the present moment which will craft what is yet to come."
President Michael D. Higgins, Speech at the celebration of the Bicentenary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour, 31st May 2017.

People on the Pier is a platform for people to share photos of their visits to Dún Laoghaire Harbour, which is celebrating its bicentenary in 2017.  It is an initiative of the Local Studies Department of dlr Libraries, who are intent on growing their collection of pier imagery, bringing it right up to date, to capture this particular moment in time.
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Can you help?

John Mangan, a library assistant in Stillorgan Library, is looking for responses for his questionnaire on dlr Libraries’ digital collections. It is a major part of his research dissertation towards his  MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School.
The aim of the questionnaire is to investigate the awareness levels and usage habits of dlr Libraries’ digital resources among its patrons. If you are unfamiliar with dlr Libraries’ digital resources your response is still relevant to the study and would be greatly appreciated.
The questionnaire should take about 6-8 mins to complete. It is nearly all multiple choice. You can abstain from answering any question and are free to exit the survey at any time.
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Raspberry Pi and Arduino Workshops

Raspberry Pi and Arduino

dlr LexIcon Lab
Tuesdays 25 July, 29 August and 26 September

Ever wanted to try your hand at programming a robot, controlling your house from your phone or simply flashing some lights? This workshop, led by Dr.Jake Rowan Byrne will help you create smart solutions to everyday problems, using Raspberry Pi and Arduino electronics. 
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   11 July 2017