Family History and Genealogy Advice Service

Family treeMonthly in Donaghmede and Raheny Libraries.
Find out how to go about tracing your family tree, with an advice session presented by Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven.

Donaghmede Library host the advice session on the 3rd Monday of every month in the afternoons.

Raheny Library's Family History and Genealogy advice service.  Third Monday of the month.  To book, ring 087 6491605. 

All are welcome and admission is free.  Booking is essential with Margaret Bonar at T. 087 6491605.

Book Clubs for Children

The New PolicemanThere are children's book clubs in branch libraries across the city, namely Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Cabra, Coolock, Donaghmede, Pembroke (Ballsbridge), Raheny and Walkinstown libraries. Dates and times listed below may vary so it is advisable to check with the library in advance if wanting to participate in a Book Club.

The members of most clubs choose a book to read and get together every 3-4 weeks to discuss it. The library provides the books of course. Library staff often research the authors and books as a background to the discussion. Some clubs offer members the chance to come along and talk about the book they are reading currently - these clubs can take place more often as there is no set book to read.

Check out recommended children's books on our library blog.

National Museum of Ireland - if things could talk

Wednesday 4 October at 3pm in Ballymun Library. Thursday 12 October at 3.30pm in Ballyfermot Library.

Take on the role of the curator and look for evidence and meanings in objects! The workshop uses objects from the National Museum’s collection for handling, allowing families to discover curious objects through observation and discussion. Gather information about the objects as a curator would, by looking at physical features, design, condition and raw materials. An intergenerational workshop suitable for families with children aged 7+.

The workshop is free. Booking is required.

Culture Night in Pearse Street and Rathmines Libraries

Culture NightFriday 22 September 2017 from 5pm in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street and Rathmines Library.

Dublin City Public Libraries is delighted once again to be part of Culture Night and hope that you enjoy what is on offer;

Dublin City Library and Archive

  • 5pm to 6pm: World Dance Music arranged for two Spanish guitars with the Tobin / Boyle duo.
  • 6pm to 7pm: Recall your memories and anecdotes inspired by old photographs of Dublin, presented by Dr Enda Leaney
  • 7pm - 9pm: Music, parody and poetry with Catherine Ann Cullen and Friends.

Refreshments available throughout the evening. Booking is not required.

Rathmines Library

  • 5.05pm, 6.50pm and 7.45pm: Film Screening of Bog Meditation, a short documentary film featuring Christine Broe, poet and sculptor.
  • 5.15pm to 6pm: Old Rathmines and its environs - local memories through photographs and prints.
  • 6pm to 6.45pm: Poetry by Stephen James Smith, Dublin poet and playwright
  • 7pm to 7.40pm; World Dance Music arranged for two Spanish guitars with the Tobin / Boyle duo.
  • 8pm to 9pm; Music, Words and Poetry with Davina Brady and John Cummins

Booking is not required.

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

Jacobs' Fig Rolls8 September to 28 October at Dublin City Library and Archive

Drawing on the vast Jacob Biscuit Factory Archive held at Dublin City Library and Archive, this major exhibition explores all aspects of the factory’s twentieth century history and its impact on lives of Dubliners. Colourful panels demonstrate the history of the factory, the workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life. Find out the fascinating history of the Jacobs cream-cracker, who was the marketing genius to develop the concept of Jim Figgerty, and how did major national and international events from World Wars to 1916 Rising impact the business, customers, and staff.  See also: Remembering Life in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory on 30 September and From Bishop Street to Buenos Aires: Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, Dublin a talk by curator Wendy Williams on 5 October.

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm (8 September - 28 October 2017)

This exhibition is developed by Dublin City Archives and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations.

Guided tours of the exhibition are also available on Tuesday mornings for the duration of the exhibition.

Words on the Street – A European Literature Trail

Words on the StreetThursday 7 September 6.30pm - 9pm in 6 venues around Parnell Square

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are hosting a literary evening celebrating European Literature. Well known personalities such as Sharon Ní Bheoláin, Bryan Murray, Rick O’Shea, Johnny Ward and Katherine Lynch will read from translated works of European literature. UK author Kit de Waal will also be there and will read from her novel My Name is Leon, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017.

Venues are:
Abbey Presbyterian Church, Belvedere College, Belvedere School, the James Joyce Centre, Dublin Writers Museum and Poetry Ireland

Indian Film Fest in the Libraries

Indian Film FestFriday 15 and Saturday 16 September in Rathmines and Pearse Street Libraries

The Indian Flim Festival of Ireland is now in its 7th year and continues with a vision to introduce people in Ireland to the global appeal and popularity of Indian cinema. The festival also aims to create an environment of collaboration between Irish and Indian. This year the Indian Film Festival are hosting screenings in the libraries as follows;

  • Pearse Street Library: Friday 15 September at 1pm - Amar Akbar Anthony (Hindi with English subtitles). The film will be followed by a talk by Giovanna Rampazzo, PhD student writing her thesis on Indian Film in Ireland. Giovanna will speak about the social and cultural context of Amar Akbar Anthony and answer any questions.
  • Pearse Street Library: Saturday 16 September at 1pm - The Hundred Foot Journey (English with English subtitles)
  • Rathmines Library: Friday 15 September at 2pm - Pink (Hindi with English Subtitles
  • Rathmines Library: Saturday 16 September at 12 noon - Dangal (Hindi with English Subtitles)

The People, Places and historical buildings of Dublin 7

Wednesday 28 September at 6pm in Cabra Library

Cabra Library - The People, Places and historical buildings of Dublin 7.
Local Historian and well-known author Bernard Neary from Cabra West will bring you on an interesting oral and visual tour of Dublin 7, including the people, places and buildings of interest to the visitor or resident alike. Discover interesting facts about local landmarks including the Royal Canal, Broadstone Railway Station and The Four Courts. Reminisce about skipping and conkers games played by children and the picturehouses that dotted the area. The illustrations from Bernard’s presentation are taken from his new book Dublin 7 published by The Lilliput Press. The event is free. Booking is essential

Dublin Remembers: Stories from the Somme Exhibition

Dublin Remembers: Stories from the Somme exhibitionSeptember 2017 in Inchicore Library.

Dublin Remembers: Stories from the Somme focuses on personal stories of individual Irish men who fought at the Battle of the Somme between July – November 1916. Drawing on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive, the exhibition includes photographs, and images of medals, uniforms, documents and other original artefacts as well as first-hand accounts of life in the trenches during the Battle of the Somme. The exhibition also considers what public reaction to the Battle of the Somme was like in Dublin 1916, and how the Battle of the Somme has been commemorated over the past 100 years.