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Jonathan Swift and Dublin Exhibition

Jonathan Swift7 January to 25 February at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street

This new exhibition, which marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift and it focuses on Swift’s interaction with his native city, will be held in the Dublin Room of Pearse Street Library for the month of January.  A smaller version of the exhibition will circulate through Dublin City Public Library branches for the rest of 2017.

Conversation Cafés in Cabra Library

Conversation CafeThursday 9 and 23 February from 6pm to 7.45 pm and Thursday 9 March from 6pm to 7.45pm in Cabra Library

We welcome back conversation cafés to Cabra Library where people came from far and wide last autumn to enjoy discussions on topic based menus. This spring we look at the legacy of the 1916 Proclamation to have theme based cafés. Come along for a cup of coffee and be part of a dialogue to imagine a new future for community, city, and country. Over three Thursdays, people are invited to Cabra Library to have a conversation about concerns, dreams and aspirations for the best possible future for Ireland.

The Festival of Russian Culture and the libraries

Russian FestivalTuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February in the Music Library, Raheny, Terenure and Pearse Street Libraries.

  • Tuesday 21 February at 1pm in the  Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre - Irish composer John Field and his Russian pupils — Lecture and illustrated performance of piano works by John Field and Mikhail Glinka, Field’s most famous Russian student. Join vocalist acclaimed pianist Anna Kiselyova as she performs music excerpts.
  • Wednesday 22 February at 6.30pm in Terenure Library -  — An evening of poetry with Dermot O’Brien - original and in the Russian Translation. Readings in both languages and a light conversation on the challenges of literary translation.
  • Thursday 23 February at 6.30pm in Raheny Library - Mikhail Lermontov; A Writer in Profile — This talk by Svetlana Maximova looks at the life and works of Mikhail Lermontov; a brilliant thinker, prose writer and a playwright. The talk examines how he became regarded as a successor to Alexander Pushkin, considered to be the founder of modern Russian Literature.<--break->
  • Thursday 23 February at 12.30pm in Pearse Street Library - Fun with Russian Music, Movement and Song hosted by Svetlana Maximova. Have fun with simple rhyme and song in Russian. Suitable for children aged 3+.
  • Thursday 23 February at 5.30pm in Pearse Street Library - A screening of a 2012 film adaptation based on the famous novel by Leo Tolstoy. (Booking is not required)

Spring Programme 2017

Spring  Programme 2017 The new year brings new possibilities to explore using your council’s public library service. Why not visit your local library, join up or dig out your old membership card and find a limitless choice of services and programmes in an instant. Highlights from our Spring Programme include Citywide reading programme for children, Dublin: One City, One Book, our Career Directions Programme, Terence Davies in conversation with Roddy Doyle.

Old Dublin Society Spring Lecture Series

Old Dublin SocietyWednesday 22 February, 8, 22 March, 12, 26 April at 6pm in Dublin City Library & Archive

Cumann le Seandacht Átha Cliath / The Old Dublin Society (1934-2017) present a series of talks as part of their Spring 2017 Programme. Great opportunity to meet kindred spirits who share a love and interest of Dublin’s history.

All lectures begin at 6.00pm.   Admission free – all welcome

Pembroke Library History Talks

BDS Historical SocietyWednesday 22 February and Wednesday 22 March at 1pm in Pembroke Library.

Pembroke Library Historical Lectures Series is presented in association with Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society.

  • Wednesday 22 February at 1pm — Dublin Opinion, 1922–1968: the safety valve of a nation with Felix Larkin. Felix is a historian and former public servant. He has published extensively on the history of periodicals and on Irish biography, and has a long association with St. Mary’s Church, Haddington Road.
  • Wednesday 22 March at 1pm — John Gilbert and his History of Dublin – a new look with Dr Séamus Ó Maitiú.  Seamus is a local historian and former teacher. He is the author of many books including a history of the Dublin Townships and W & R Jacob: Celebrating 150 Years of Irish Biscuit Making.

Divas and Divos - Michael Grant's series in the Music Library

Michael GrantThursdays 9, 16 and 23 February at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre.

Today the words “Diva” and “Divo” have a negative connotation. In this series of three talks Michael Grant will rely on the original definitions and will look at the careers of some of the European, American and Australasian singers of outstanding talent in the worlds of opera and the concert platform.

Thursday 9 February at 1.00pm - booked out - apologies
Michael will look at the careers of some of the great singers of the first 40 years of the 20th century, including Luisa Tetrazzini, Claudia Muzio, Enrico Caruso and John McCormack. He will also look briefly at the written records handed down to us relating to the singing skills of some of the great artists of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Thursday 16 February at 1.00pm
In this second talk, Michael will explore the end of the “78” era and its replacement by the LP in the mid 1950s. Examples will come from the golden era in Vienna after the Second World War, the Scandinavian School of Flagstad and the American school including Marian Anderson, Jessye Norman and Robert Merrill.

Introduction to eResources

Get answersThursday 23 and Tuesday 28 February 2.00pm-2.30pm at the Business Information Centre, Central Library

Join us for a quick guide and demonstration of some of our free eResources, including eBooks, eBusiness, online newspapers, digital magazines, Art Reference, Market Research and the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names.

Career Mentoring & Coaching – New For You

Career Direction2, 9, 16, 23 February at the Business Information Centre, Central Library

Career Mentoring & Coaching – New For You is a series of four free events this February with Ilaria Dondero, Career & Life Coaching

This series is suitable for anyone looking for career advice, career change, career development or career transitional opportunities in 2017. Support will be provided to help you advance your career with a host of tools and resources including group discussions. Part of the Business Information Centre's 2017 Career Direction & Development Programme.

The Readers' Voice: Anne Enright interviews Bernard McLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty and Anne EnrightThursday 23 February from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Ballymun Library

Anne Enright in conversation with Bernard MacLaverty about his book ‘Grace Notes’. Part of The Readers’ Voice, a series of conversations between the Laureate of Irish Fiction, Anne Enright and Irish authors in libraries throughout Ireland.

It is coordinated by the Arts Council on behalf of the Laureate for Irish Fiction.