Thursday, 3 May 2018

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2018

The Children’s Books Ireland shortlist for the Book of the Year 2018 has been announced. These ten titles will compete for the most prestigious award for children’s books in Ireland.
A Dangerous Crossing by Jane Mitchell
A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea written by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Steve McCarthy
Chocolate Cake written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
Illegal written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field
Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson
Tangleweed and Brine written by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan
The Space Between by Meg Grehan

The shortlisted books appeal to a range of ages and are written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1st January and 31st December each year.

Dr Patricia Kennon, chair of the judging panel that read over eighty titles, said: ‘It is a pleasure to present the ten shortlisted books which all exemplify excellence in their aesthetic distinction and immersive story worlds. The 2018 shortlist spans a rich variety of genres and formats including rhymes, chapter books, poetry, non-fiction, retellings of fairy tales, verse novels, graphic novels, fiction and picture books. The groups participating in the CBI Shadowing Scheme and readers, young and old, have many rich, imaginative adventures to look forward to!’

Jenny Murray, Acting Director at CBI said ‘Children’s Books Ireland’s goal is to make readers of every child by making books a part of their day-to-day lives. This year’s shortlist encompasses everything from the value of friendship, feminist fairytale retellings, the plight of refugees, the march of the suffragettes, the awe-inspiring universe, through to the never-to-be-underestimated lure of chocolate cake … All of the titles on this year’s shortlist highlight the very best of Irish writing, illustrating and publishing for children and young readers.’

Former winners of the CBI Book of the Year Award – Sheena Wilkinson, Oliver Jeffers and Sarah Crossan return to the shortlist with Star by Star, Here We Are and Moonrise, respectively. Little Island Publishers have a total of four titles shortlisted; Tangleweed and Brine, Star by Star, A Dangerous Crossing and The Space Between. Also on the list is former Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer with Illegal. Jane Mitchell, who won the inaugural Children’s Choice Award in 2010, also features on the shortlist with A Dangerous Crossing.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Two novels by Irish authors on 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist

10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award. The list includes two novels by Irish authors, The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack; six novels in translation from France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Mexico and South Korea; and novels from South Africa and the USA.

Sponsored by Dublin City Council, books are nominated for the award by invited public libraries in cities throughout the world. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian said ‘Issues of violence and crime, isolation and reconciliation, identity and family are set in contrasting urban and rural landscapes. For readers, these stories reveal unfamiliar cultures and countries through memorable characters and their literary narratives.’

The winner of the award, worth €100,000, will be announced on Wednesday 13th June. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000.

Images from Clare County Library's Foto archive to feature on RTE's "At Your Service"

Images from Clare County Library's photographic archive will feature on RTE One's "At Your Service" programme on Sunday 13th May at 8.30pm. Presented by expert hotelier brothers Francis and John Brennan of the five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare, County Kerry, the premise of the show is that business makeovers are given by the duo to B&Bs, guesthouses and small hotels across Ireland.

The episode will focus on the Spa Wells in Lisdoonvarna and the photographs featured are taken from our Michael John Glynne Collection. Michael John Glynne was the best-known freelance photographer in the North Clare area for over forty years. Born in Ennistymon in 1919 - where he lived all his life - he began his photographic career in the 1950s and worked both as a commercial photographer and as a photographer for the ‘Clare Champion’ newspaper.

The photographs in this collection date mainly from the 1950s through to the 1980s and reflect his many interests. He visited Lisdoonvarna each year for the September festival and recorded many interesting images. This collection is an extraordinary record of the life and times of the people and communities of North Clare. A colourful, gifted, and well-read man, Michael John Glynne died in 1998. This large collection of negatives was donated to the Clare Local Studies Project by Michael John, and is being made available through the Library’s website, a project which will take many years. All photographs in the Michael John Glynne Collection can be viewed here: http://foto.clarelibrary.ie/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5015

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Dream Big for Engineers Week at Clare County Library

Engineers Week is a week-long festival of nationwide events running from the 24th February to the 2nd March 2018 celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme and funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The aims of the week include encouraging young people, their teachers and parents to explore the fun world of engineering, generating interest and enthusiasm for engineering in their everyday lives and inspiring young people to explore engineering career paths. The week also serves to highlight the diverse opportunities engineering offers.

To celebrate Engineers Week in Clare County Library the movie Dream Big: Engineering Our World is showing in three branches; at Ennistymon Library on Tuesday the 27th of February at 11.30am, at Scariff Library on the 28th of February at 11.30am and a third screening will take place at Kilkee Library on Thursday March 1st at 2pm. Invited audiences include Junior Cycle students from Post Primary Schools.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a film that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. Produced for all ages, Dream Big showcases engineering’s impressive impact on our world and our lives. Through the film’s inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, Dream Big will inspire its Junior Cycle student viewers at the screenings planned by Clare County Library to think about what drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Eir Sport Sports Book of the Year

The Choice by Dublin footballer Philly McMahon was chosen as the 2017 Eir Sport Sports Book of the Year. The book focuses on Philly’s relationship with his brother John, who died at the age of 31 after a long struggle with heroin addiction. Philly recounts how the opportunities and choices sport afforded him sent his life in a very different direction to that of his brother.

The award aims to recognise the best in Irish sports writing in books published by an Irish author, or sports book with an Irish subject matter. The 2 other shortlisted books were The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the rise of Irish cycling’s golden generation by Barry Ryan and The Warrior’s Code by Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrell with Christy O’Connor.

2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Seven Irish novels are among the 150 titles nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the USA & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

The Irish titles nominated for the 2018 award are:
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear MacBride
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

glór welcomes Film Shorts Submissions for Spring 2018

glór is looking for some great shorts to screen as curtain raisers before their film programme.

Each season glór curates a fortnightly programme of critically acclaimed Irish and international films. With films ranging from superb dramas and docu-dramas to laugh out loud comedies, glór’s film season offers something to suit every taste.

Submissions must be no longer than 10 minutes and on Blu Ray or DVD and received on or before Monday 12th February. These can be made by email to info@glor.ie or Film Submissions, glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 VHP0. See http://www.glor.ie/news/article/glor-welcomes-film-shorts-submissions-for-spring-2018 for more information.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New Year – New You

Whatever you New Year’s resolutions – weight loss, stress management, quitting smoking, managing your personal finances – there are over 500 free online courses available through Clare County Library’s website www.clarelibrary.ie. Follow the Universal Class link from the library homepage and use your library card number to learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to learn a new language check out the range of over 70 languages through the library website. Follow the Mango Languages link on the library homepage and learn conversational skills in your chosen language by recording your speech and comparing it directly to audio from a native speaker to hear exactly how to tune in your accent in preparation for that holiday.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Costa Book Awards - Children’s Fiction Winner

Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer has been announced the 2017 Costa Children’s Fiction Award winner.

Hailed by the judges as ‘a masterful, delicious read from start to finish’ it tells the story of Fred, Con, Lila and Max who are stranded and in mortal danger after their plane crashed over the Amazonian Rainforest. They have no food, no water and no chance of being rescued. But they are alive and they have hope. With hope and determination could there possibly be a way out after all.

The other shortlisted titles Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans and The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave are equally good reads and are all in stock in the teenage book collections of Clare County Library branches.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Healthy Ireland is the national strategy to improve health and wellbeing, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer.

Public libraries are currently delivering the nationwide Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme that will establish libraries as a valuable source within the community for health information.

Funding granted by Healthy Ireland has enhanced health and wellbeing book collections (digital and hardcopy), and provided for staff training, events, and promotion.

The Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme will continue to build on this and contribute to improving the health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life of communities and individuals at all life stages. Find out more on the services offered see http://www.librariesireland.ie/healthy-ireland/healthy-ireland-services/