Cabra Library

The People, places and historical buildings of Dublin 7

Dublin 7Listen back to local Historian and well-known author Bernard Neary from Cabra West as he brings us on an interesting tour of Dublin 7, including the people, places and buildings of interest. Find out where the writer Iris Murdoch was born, where the poet Austin Clarke grew up and where Matt Kiernan made his Uilleann Pipes.  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.

Bernard’s new book Dublin 7, published by The Lilliput Press, is available to borrow from your local library and at bookshops.

The 12 Elves of Christmas at Cabra Library!

elfAs Christmas approaches, Santa is sending an elf to Cabra Library. Our library elf will hide in the library during the day, and at night return to the north pole to report back to Santa on children's behaviour. Now our library elf is quite mischievous and won't be hiding in the same place each day, just so you know! Sunday is a rest day, don't forget.

As a little challenge, and a lot of fun, we would like children to try and find our library elf in their different hiding place on each of the 12 days of Christmas! Starting this Saturday (10th Dec). But to find our elf you will need to use the clue we will post each day. Otherwise you never will and won't be in with a chance to win our daily prize!

Chance to watch Muc from Twigín visit Cabra Library!

MucMuch to our delight, Muc the pig visited Cabra Library on the 9th June 2015 with the RTÉjr crew to do some filming! If you didn't already know, Muc is one of the characters in the TV programme Twigín.

As we promised back in June, we are now delighted to tell you that Muc's visit featured on Twigín, broadcast on Monday, 30th November 2015, on RTÉjr, where Emma and Muc taught Séamus all about the library.

You can now catch up with the episode on the RTE player.

Below are some screenshots from Muc's visit and the TV show.

Energy Saving Workshop at Cabra Library

Cabra WorkshopAre you always trying to save energy at home, but feel like you don’t have enough information? Do you confuse CFLs and LEDs? Have you wondered what appliances are having the biggest impact on your energy bill?

Dublin’s energy agency Codema hosted a workshop in Cabra Library on Monday, 15th June 2015, giving a practical insight into the best ways to save energy in your home.

Muc from Twigín visits Cabra Library!

MucMuch to our delight, Muc the pig visited Cabra Library on the 9th June with the RTÉjr crew to do some filming! If you didn't already know (shame on you!), Muc is one of the characters in the TV programme 'Twigín'.

Muc took great delight in paging through some of our picture books (hoping we expect to see himself in one. Those film stars!). No mucking about there!

Teddy Bears Take Over Cabra Library!

Tedy BearForty very special teddy bears came to Cabra Library on Monday, 11th May for a teddy sleepover! The teddies brought their owners to the library where they all listened to bedtime stories, sang teddy bear songs and had a few snacks before they were tucked up for the night. Here are some photos of what the bears got up to around the library…

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark - a review

Bookcover: Memento Mori by Muriel SparkReview by Bookends Reading Group, Cabra Library

Gerry, the Librarian who (very ably) looks after our Reading Group, suggested we read Memento Mori for this Bealtaine Books review submission on the basis that we might enjoy it as it is a funny book.  We almost all did find it funny to varying degrees although, interestingly, Gerry himself didn’t enjoy it.  In summary the book is about a group of interconnected old people who start to receive phone calls reminding them that they must die from an unidentified caller who sounds different to each hearer.

Patricia loved the title and cover, but due to other commitments didn’t get time to read it as well as the other two books we read that month.  Grace was not mad about it but Noreen described it as a little gem.  Marian found it very funny and particularly loved the geriatrician character.  Ada said she got a great laugh from the book and loved all the characters.  Sheila enjoyed all the characters as they were well-drawn and had great back stories but considered the ending did not do justice to the book and not because there was no unveiling of the phone caller but more because it just petered out.  Ada also did not like the ending.  Noreen made the point that although the book deals with serious issues like getting old and the quality of health services and could have been morbid, it certainly wasn’t. 

Improved Printing Service, Central Library and Cabra Library

Surfbox[1st May 2014] Dublin City Public Libraries are pleased to announce the arrival of an improved and easily accessible printing service in the Central Library (ILAC Centre) and in Cabra Library.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, you can now email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. You will receive a “Privacy Release Code” which you can enter on the touch screen of the Print Server to retrieve your documents.

Both Colour and Black & White printing available.

Rose Kelleher reading A Journey to the Beautician

Rose Kelleher is a member of Cabra Library Creative Writer's Group. Here she reads from her short story "A Journey to the Beautician".

A Journey to the Beautician

by Rose Kelleher

Daniel Lloyd reading The Mummy's Curse

Daniel Lloyd is a member of Cabra Library Creative Writer's Group. Here he reads from his short story "The Mummy's Curse".

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