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.
Saturday 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
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.
Tuesday 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.
Thursday 7, 14 and 21 September at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre.
Exploring Opera, Divas and Divos. This second series of three illustrated talks in 2017 by Michael Grant looks at the careers of singers of outstanding talent in the worlds of opera and the concert platform.
Thursday 7 September - Irish Operatic Scene. Having touched briefly on some internationally successful Irish singers in his first series of talks Michael will look at the careers of other Irish singers who have had successful international careers including Joseph O’Mara, Margaret Burke Sheridan, Dermot Troy, Veronica Dunne and Bernadette Greevy. He will also look briefly at singers of international repute who have performed here, including Anna Moffo, Anneliese Rothenberger, Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe di Stefano, Paolo Silveri and Luciano Pavarotti.