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. Please note date change for November:  27 November from 10.15am - 12 noon, instead of 20 November.
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, 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.

College Awareness Week 20th – 26th November

College Awareness WeekInformation stands at the Business Information Centre at the Central Library for College Awareness Week 2017.

  • Monday 20 November from 2pm – 4pm; CDETB – Liberties College providing information on  the availability of further education training opportunities for students
  • Monday, 20 November 2.00pm - 4.00pm; Garda Síochána Information Stand
  • Tuesday 21 November from 2pm – 4pm; National College of Ireland (NCIRL) providing information for students on full and part-time courses from certificate to degree and postgraduate level in subject areas such as commerce, industry, and management.
  • Wednesday 22 November 2pm – 4pm; Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed. John Farrell Information Officer INOU will provide information on job opportunities and career development for job seekers, in addition to welfare entitlements and citizen information
  • Thursday 23 November from 2pm – 4pm; Dublin City Volunteering Centre. Information on local community volunteering opportunities

Patrick O’Connell: The Man who Saved FC Barcelona Exhibition

Friday 10 November to Tuesday 21 December 2017 at Dublin City Library & Archive

Born in Drumcondra in 1887, Patrick O’Connell played for Liffey Wanderers, Belfast Celtic and Manchester United before moving to Spain to manage FC Barcelona in the 1930s where he is credited with saving the club from financial ruin.

This exhibition traces the life and career of this outstanding football manager, all but forgotten in his native city until recently.
Featuring football memorabilia from Patrick’s career, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of talks throughout November. The display also includes information on the Sports Archive in Dublin City Library and Archive. The exhibition is curated by the Patrick O’Connell Committee.

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

Jacobs' Fig Rolls8 September to 8 November 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. 

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm (8 September - 8 November 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. By special request, we have organised an extra guided tour on Saturday 4 November at 3pm.

Books in Life - a photographic exhibition

Jean Marc GodesNovember 2017 in Charleville Mall Library.

Books in Life – Livres en Vie is a Photographic Exhibition by Jean Marc Godès.
Jean Marc Godès was born in Guadeloupe and currently lives in France. Jean Marc, photographer, leads an artistic research dedicated to promotion of books and writing. He carefully creates scenes with books as the central actors. Godès offers us many imaginative answers to the question ‘what a book can be and do’. The collection of photographs shows how books transform and ignite our imagination.
The photographs from his collection "BOOKS IN LIFE" have found a natural place in book networks, libraries, book fairs, literacy agencies ... but also in spaces dedicated to contemporary art in France and abroad.
Through this first audiovisual piece, he still continues to use his artistic research in exploring moving images.

Books in Life Exhibition