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Summer in the Libraries

Be a Summer Star!July and August 2017 in Dublin City Public Libraries.

To complement the Summer Stars reading initiative, Dublin City Libraries are delighted to present a fun packed programme of events and activities again this summer. Enjoy storytelling, music, theatre, puppets shows, craft workshops and much more that will appeal to children of all ages. Selected highlights include Sensational Space workshops with Rediscovery Centre and Astronomy Shows with Junior Einstein Science Club where children will learn about stars of a different kind – everything from junior astronaut training to rocket launching!

For those creative bookworms, many branches are hosting book themed arts and crafts sessions. Classic favourites including The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Esio Trot by Roald Dahl and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak will inspire lots of creative ideas and crafts. 

August in the Businesss Information Centre

Information StandCareer and enterprise events and information in the Business Information Centre, Central Library, this August.


  • Monday, 28 August, 1.30pm - 2.30pm - Doing Interviews Intelligently. A talk with Carmel Morrissey, one of Irelands best known Career and Performance Coaches. The talk is free. Bookings via eventbrite.
  • Thursday, 31 August, 6.30pm - 7.30pm - Protect your Business Ideas with the Irish Patents Office. Find out how to protect your business ideas, how to apply for your rights, the costs involved and protection abroad. Learn about patents for inventions, registered designs for product shape/form, trademarks for logo protection and copyright law to help progress your business ideas. The talk is free. Booking recommended.

Information and Advice

  • Wednesday, 16 August, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Practical Entrepreneurship Information & Recruitment Desk.  Three Month Training & Mentoring Programme Tailored to help you get a business up and running with Patricia Murphy, Entrepreneurs Academy.
  • Thursday, 17 August, 12.00pm – 2.00pm. National Learning Network Information Desk. Information on training, education and employment
  • Monday, 21 August, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed providing information on job opportunities for job seekers and welfare entitlements.  Postponed, apologies.
  • Monday, 28 August, 12.00pm - 3.00pm. Jobcare information on Jobseekers courses and networking.
  • Thursday, 31 August 5.00pm - 6.00pm. Practical Entrepreneurship Information & Recruitment Desk. Information on three month training & mentoring programme tailored to help you get a business up and running with Patricia Murphy, Entrepreneurs Academy.

Heritage Week in Ballyfermot Library

Heritage WeekSaturday 19, Thursday 24 and Tuesday 29 August in Ballyfermot Library.

Saturday 19 August from 10.00am to 4.30pm - Ballyfermot Heritage Open Day
Ballyfermot Heritage Group will display old photos and film footage of Dublin and highlight Ballyfermot and its people. Local bands will play traditional Irish music through the course of the day. Why not join in the activities and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.   Booking is not required.

Thursday 24 August at 6.30pm - Birth of a Nation Ireland & Ballyfermot.
The years following the 1916 Rising were significant ones in Ireland's history, paving the way for the birth of the nation we live in today.  Cathy Scuffil, Dublin South Central Historian-in-Residence explains the politics and events behind the War of Independence, the Truce, Treaty and Civil War, drawing on events that occurred locally to Ballyfermot and the surrounding areas. Booking essential
Tuesday 29 August at 6.30pm - The Fast and the Fancy
This presentation is a fascinating insight to the world of pigeon fanciers based on a photography project undertaken by John Carroll. He looks behind the scenes and discusses the people, the birds and the activities that make up this unique pastime for many dedicated followers.  Photography exhibition will be on display in the library for the month of August.  Booking recommended

Heritage Week in Coolock and Marino Libraries

Heritage WeekMonday 21 and Tuesday 22 August in Coolock and Marino Libraries.

Monday 21 August at 6.30pm in Marino Library. Sporting Divisions – the Irish Soccer Split
Just how did the Football Association of Ireland come into being? Cormac Moore, Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council takes a look back on why we have two national soccer teams on the island compared to most other sports who have just one representing all of Ireland.

Tuesday 22 August at 6.30pm in Coolock Library. Discover Dublin’s amazing biodiversity and learn to reconnect with nature
Dublin is listed in the top ten European cities for biodiversity, even though it has been cut off from Europe since the ice-age. The city's green areas, parks and wetlands add to its appeal for wildlife and natural heritage. In his presentation that will inform, surprise and inspire, Conn Flynn will introduce you to a Dublin not many are aware of and even fewer see.

Heritage Week - the Wide Street Commission Maps

Wide Street CommissionThe Wide Street Commission was established in 1757, and was Ireland’s first planning authority. Over its 94-year existence, it had a major impact on the development of Georgian Dublin.
The records of Wide Street Commission are preserved by Dublin City Archives, and include over 900 manuscript maps of Dublin dating from 17th to 19th century, which are subject to an ongoing conservation project. The maps were conserved with part funding from the Heritage Council under the Heritage Management Grant Scheme. To celebrate this, Maeve Casserly, Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence hosts two events:

Monday 21 August from 6pm to 7pm - A guided tour around the City Centre exploring the work and legacy of the Wide Streets Commission. Meeting point: Main entrance of Dublin City Hall.  Apologies this event is now fully booked.

Tuesday 22 August from 6pm to 7pm - A workshop exploring the maps of the Wide Streets Commission. Location: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. In this workshop you'll see how the city architects reshaped the medieval city through their maps and sketches.

Walking the Royal Canal - illustrated talk during Heritage Week

Walking the Royal CanalMonday 21 August at 6.30pm in Phibsboro Library

Walking the Royal Canal is an illustrated talk by Peter Clarke covering 225 years of the Royal Canal's history, from its origins in 1789 through all its phases to the present day. The talk traces the planning and construction of the canal and will reference many places, people and events of historical interest along the course of Dublin’s beloved Royal Canal. The event is free. Booking is recommended.

Reserve a copy of Walking the Royal Canal.

Heritage Week in Dolphin's Barn and Walkinstown Libraries

Heritage WeekMonday 21 August at 6.30pm in both Dolphin's Barn and Walkinstown Libraries.

Dolphin’s Barn Library - The Dolphin’s Barn Brickworks
This company existed from the late 1890s until 1944 and produced bricks and other building material for the extensive house building that was underway in Dublin at the time.  Based on the Crumlin Road, the clay pits extended from Kimmage to the Canal at Goldenbridge. Presented by Cathy Scuffil, Dublin South Central Historian in Residence in association with DCC South Central Area Office.  Booking essential

Walkinstown Library - Discover Dublin’s amazing biodiversity and learn to re-connect with nature
Dublin is listed in the top ten European cities for biodiversity, even though it has been cut off from Europe since the ice-age. The city's green areas, parks and wetlands add to its appeal for wildlife and natural heritage. In his presentation that will inform, surprise and inspire, Conn Flynn will introduce you to a Dublin not many are aware of and even fewer see. Booking recommended.

Theatre Lovett presents The Forgotten Words

Forgotten Words

  • Tuesday 22 August at 12pm and 2pm in Coolock Library. (Booked out - apologies)
  • Wednesday 23 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Ballyfermot Library.
  • Thursday 24 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Ballymun Library.
  • Friday 25 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Pearse Street Library.
  • Saturday 26 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Raheny Library.

Storytelling Performance based on The Book of Memory Gaps by Cecilia Ruiz. Performed by: John Doran. Inside your local library an unexpected visitor has arrived. He is not sure why he is here and he is slightly discombobulated. He also can’t remember what ‘discombobulated’ means! If you visit your library you might see him and perhaps hear his story, that is, if he can remember it…

The events are free. They are suitable for children aged 4 to 6 years. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential at the relevant library. Performance Duration: 40 mins. These performances are in association with Dublin City Arts Office, Children's Art in Libraries Programme.

Yeats' Women - A performance in the Music Library

Yeats's WomenTuesday 22 August at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre. Apologies, this event is fully booked.

Yeats’ Women is a musical performance that celebrates the life of W.B. Yeats and the extraordinary women who loved, inspired and supported him. With song, poetry and music – written by Glynis Casson and performed by Glynis, Daniel Costello and Claire Roche. The event is free. Booking is essential.

Aisling Ghéar Retrospective Exhibition

Aisling GhéarAugust 2017 at Dublin City Library and Archive

Aisling Ghéar – the Irish language theatre company in NI, is kicking off its Anniversary Year with a Retrospective Exhibition, looking at the company’s work since in 1997, alongside key events in its home city of Belfast. Photographs, newspaper articles, features,  reviews,  programmes and various yards of 35mm film, liberated from friends, family  and a number of Belfast’s foremost organisations, have yielded a very unique treasure trove!