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Chinese New Year 2016

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by Fingal Libraries on February 18, 2016.

Chinese New Year took place on Monday 8th February this year.  In Malahide Library I put up a display in the Junior Section to acknowledge this celebration Unlike western cycles the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years.  Within ...

Mr. Tickle is 45!

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by Fingal Libraries on February 12, 2016.

Roger Hargreaves was born in Yorkshire in England in 1935. He began writing the Mr. Men books in 1971 when his son, Adam, was curious to know what a tickle looked like. Roger drew an orange figure with long stretchy arms and so Mr. Tickle was created. Thi ...

“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman

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by Fingal Libraries on February 4, 2016.

The Tuesday Book Club in Howth Library has been meeting on the last Tuesday of every month since October 2013. During that time, we have read almost thirty books together and have enjoyed many of them and also disliked a few. Of the books that we all real ...

Arts & Crafts in the Library: Stone Ladybird

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by Fingal Libraries on January 28, 2016.

Every month, like most other libraries, we have an arts and crafts session for children in Donabate Library.  Over the past two years they have created everything from flying bats to origami boxes, farm animals to Christmas wreaths.  The process of crea ...

From Page to Screen: Oscar Nominations

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by Fingal Libraries on January 20, 2016.

It's Oscar Nomination season with the Award Ceremony taking place in February on Sunday the 28th. It's been the year of the "Page to Screen" with many of the nominations being movies that were adapted from books. It also could be considered the year of th ...

Discover your Family History Day

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by Fingal Libraries on January 12, 2016.

Discover Your Family History Day To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, family history experts from Findmypast and Eneclann are touring Ireland to help you trace your ancestors for FREE! To start the tour we are hitting Blanchardstown Librar ...

A visit to Fingal – Howth has something for everyone! (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on January 9, 2016.

Whether it’s just a day out with the family or a very special occasion Guest Blogger Louise Coughlan loves to visit her native Howth in Fingal. I am very lucky to have come from Howth, growing up right beside the sea, all those walks with the dog, br ...

Under the Hawthorn Tree

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by Fingal Libraries on December 29, 2015.

2015 marked the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular Irish children’s books ever written. Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna has become a modern classic. It has won prizes and been translated into over a dozen languages. Published i ...

“Buzzbe” A short story by Guest Blogger Miriam Scully

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by Fingal Libraries on December 21, 2015.

A seasonal short story by Guest Blogger Miriam Scully who is a member of the Chinkwell Creative Writing Group. The Chinkwell Writers meet every second Saturday in Donabate Library.  Buzzbee My hoofs were killing me. Mary, Joseph and I had been walking ...

Fingal Libraries at Christmas Time

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by Fingal Libraries on December 18, 2015.

The lead up to Christmas begins early in Fingal Libraries. Once Halloween is over, each library branch begins to unpack all their Christmas stock which has been in storage since January. Out come the Christmas Cook Books,  Christmas Craft Books, Christma ...