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. Not operating in August will resume Monday September 17th 2018.
To book, ring 087 6491605, email impossibleancestors@gmail.com

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, Finglas, 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.

Looking for reading inspiration? Check out Who Next...? A guide to children's books and recommended children's books on our library blog.

Irish Wildlife Trust Talk and Walk

Blessingtown BasinWednesday 25 July at 11am in Ballyfermot Library. Wednesday 8 August at 2pm in Marino Library. Thursday 16 August at 11am in Phibsboro Library.

The Irish Wildlife Trust host these family friendly events which feature a brief wildlife talk in the library followed by a walk in the local park, exploring the wildlife found there.

  • Ballyfermot Library - Wednesday 25 July at 11am in the library followed by a walk in Markievicz Park to explore the wildlife.
  • Marino Library - Wednesday 8th August at 2pm in the library followed by a walk to Fairview Park to explore the wildlife.
  • Phibsboro' Library -  Thursday 16 August at 11am in the library followed by a walk in Blessington Basin to explore the wildlife.

Writing Lyrics Using the Cut-Up Method for young adults

Tuesday 17 July at 2pm in the Music Library

Drop in Workshop : Writing Lyrics Using the Cut-Up Method. Want to try out writing lyrics or the first time? Or maybe you’re an experienced lyricist looking for some new techniques and inspiration! Come along to this lyric writing workshop. Ríona Sally Hartman, Musician in Residence with Dublin City Public Libraries will guide on  the cut-up lyrics writing technique famously used by many songwriters including David Bowie and Radiohead. No experience necessary just bring along a pen and paper. Suitable for young adults aged 15 - 17 years.

Young Adult Band in Residence Wanted

Tuesday 24 July at 4pm in the Music Library, Central Library.

Ríona Sally Hartman is the first Musician in Residence with Dublin City Public Libraries. Ríona and The Music Library are looking for young adults who want to make music! Over the course of a few months our musician in residence Ríona will guide them from start to finish in writing, playing, recording and performing their own songs. Whether you like to sing, play an instrument, rap, write lyrics or produce we’d love for young adults interested in making music to come along, meet Ríona, find out more about the project and see if they’d like to sign up for more. The Young Adults Band in Residence will meet weekly, some music experience would be great but not necessary, if you do play an instrument please bring it along.

  • Tuesday 24 July at 4pm (Taster afternoon)
  • Thursday 23 August at 4pm (Taster afternoon)
  • Thursday 30 August at 4pm (Commencement of the band)

Upcoming events with the Musician in Residence

Friday 22 June, Saturday 23 June and Thursday 28 June at various times in the Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre.

Ríona Sally Hartman is the new Musician in Residence with Dublin City Council. Ríona will host the following events -

  • Listening Party on Friday 22 June at 1pm: Come along and choose an album from The Music Library collections, or bring along your own, and we’ll listen together and discuss what makes them great. Booking required.
  • Ukulele Taster Session for children of all ages on Saturday 23 June from 3.45pm to 4.45pm: Drop in session for children of all ages to be accompanied by their parents. This event is in conjunction with Cruinniú na nÓg. No Booking required.
  • Ukulele Taster Day for Adults and Young Adults on Thursday 28 June from 12.30pm to 1.15pm and 1.30pm to 2.15pm: Come along and try out the ukulele and learn to play a song together. No previous music or ukulele experience necessary. Booking required.

Meet the New Musician in Residence

Ríona Sally Hartman live portrait  Photo Credit  Gingham Sky PhotographyFriday 15 June at 1pm in the Music Library, the Central Library.

Come along and meet Dublin City Council's new Musician in Residence Ríona Sally Hartman at this Lunchtime Concert and Talk. Ríona will play a selection of her music and talk about the inspiration behind it. She will highlight some of the upcoming events that will take place during her residency and how you can get involved.

Ríona Sally Hartman live portrait.  Photo Credit Gingham Sky Photography

About Ríona

Dusk Chorus Walk

Wednesday May 30 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm frm Ballyfermot Library to Liffey Valley Park.

As part of the Annual Biodiversity Events Calendar, Dublin City Council Parks and Landscape Services invites you to an evening of beautiful birdsong on the Banks Of the River Liffey. Join us for a free guided Dusk Chorus Walk in Liffey Valley park with Eric "the Birdman" Dempsey
from 7.30pm until 9.30pm starting from the Library in Ballyfermot.

Humans of Dublin - An exhibition

Humans of DublinJuly at Ballyfermot Library

Photographic Exhibition by Peter Varga. Two years ago, Peter Varga began a photo project that would change the course of his life. Inspired by the success of similar projects internationally, he began to walk the streets of Dublin, interviewing and photographing those he met along the way. The result is a remarkable series of portraits which capture the vibrancy and diversity of Dublin life.

Words on the Street – A European Literature Trail

Words on the StreetThursday 24 May 6.30pm - 9pm in 6 venues around Dublin 2

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are hosting a literary evening celebrating European Literature. Reading our rich selection of texts will be Anne Doyle, Mary Kennedy, Lisa Lambe, Geraldine Plunkett and Johnny Ward, with author Elizabeth Day representing the UK and reading from her latest novel The Party, which is a current Richard and Judy Book Club choice.