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Get creative in your library this Autumn!

pencilsBring a little colour and creativity into your life this autumn! We have lots of opportunities for you to get creative at your local library. Why not join one of our friendly groups and try your hand at creative writing, art, knitting, crochet or quilting.  If music is more your thing come along to a drumming workshop at our Central Library. Regular open poetry evenings at Inchicore and Pearse Street Library give voice to poets - new and experienced.

Our popular Children's Art in Libraries programme also returns this Autumn with visual arts, storytelling and music workshops.

Keep an eye on library events and Dublin City of Literature for ideas, inspiration and opportunities.

Dublin Festival of History 2017

Dublin Festival of History 2017The fifth annual Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 14th October in Dublin Castle and various venues across the city.  With over 90 free history events, this year's programme is the biggest and best yet! This specialist festival features Irish and international historians speaking on a myriad of historical topics as part of a jam-packed programme including lectures and discussions, film, exhibitions and walks. This year's speakers include Chris Patten, Janina Ramirez, Ian Kershaw and Robert Service. And this year the Festival takes over Richmond Barracks on 7th October for a history day for children; expect re-enactors, dressing-up, pop-up talks, craft, storytelling and lots to capture the interest of the young history lover.

Fun at the Rose Festival 2017

Rose FestivalWe had lots of fun in the library tent and mobile library at the Rose Festival in St Anne's Park Raheny on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017. It was a busy day full of books and reading themed events, arts and crafts and performance.  Ruth Concannon, Reader in Residence at Dublin City Public Libraries read stories to younger children in our library tent and Book Advisors Patricia and Catherine enjoyed chatting to children about what they like to read and offering some book recommendations.  Lots of young readers dropped by to find out about the best summer reads and sign up for our Summer Stars Reading challenge.

Fairies and elves reading experience at Raheny Library

Raheny fairy gardenThis May, children from Raheny and Edenmore schools had fun discovering the magic of reading - with a little help from some fairies and elves! Over 200 children visited Raheny Library where they enjoyed a storytelling session with Lisa Yeates, arts and crafts and a tour of Raheny Library's fairy and elf garden.   Raheny Library's new garden seems to have proved an attractive holiday destination for fairies and elves! It looks like the fairies have been relaxing, pottering in the garden, playing on the swings and slide, playing football and of course catching up on their reading!

Books that tell a different story!

sculpturesWe have a wonderful exhibition in our Central Library this month of sculptures made out of damaged books that had been discarded. The items in the exhibition are by students involved in the Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP), a programme that builds on their basic skills of literacy and numeracy and their personal and social skills.

We've had a very positive response to the exhibition so we thought we would share a little of it by way of some photos and comments received. We must congratulate the students for the hard work they put in to creating the variety of sculptures and other material in the exhibition.

Some of the comments received:-

"I am amazed by the creativity of these artists, it's very impressive, very talented people"

"very inventive, great to see such imaginative works"

The Dublin: One City One Book Programme Now Available!

EcholandThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, today launched the 2017 Dublin: One City One Book programme of events in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.

Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor said "I am delighted to be here this morning to launch the Dublin: One City One Book Festival and to announce Echoland by Joe Joyce as this year's book choice. Echoland brings the reader back to the Dublin of the 1940s and I know it will prove to be a popular choice with bookclubs and the City’s many readers. I hope people will engage with the many interesting events that take place during the month of April as part of this wonderful festival."

Be the Change: Unite for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day 2017Today, Tuesday, 7th February, is Safer Internet Day (SID).  Safer Internet Day is an EU-wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise, and the theme this year is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

We provide some very useful tips for both the younger Internet user and for parents and guardians on staying safe on the Internet.

Watch this fab rap video deliver the message 'never let a bully get into your head' and remember everyone, you should never have to deal with bullying.

2016, the Centenary Year - A Look Back

BannerWhat a memorable year it has been! It being the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Dublin City Council has been proud to support and enable the Ireland 2016 state programme of formal commemorative events that took place in Dublin during this past year. The "Dublin Remembers 1916-2016: Is Cuimhin Linn programme" programme presented a series of lectures, talks by expert historians, exhibitions and conferences in Dublin libraries, City Hall, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and other venues in the city throughout the year.

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!

Knitted Knockers at Donaghmede Library

Knitted KnockersDonaghmede Library are delighted to host “Knitted Knockers”.  Knitted Knockers Ireland was founded in 2015 by Ann Cooke and Linda Burgess.  Ann was inspired to whip out her knitting needles after bumping into Linda, who was recovering from breast cancer.  Linda found her prostheses uncomfortable, so Ann decided to have a go at crocheting a pair of prostheses and offer them to Linda.  After knitting the knockers for Linda, Ann and Linda set up an Irish branch of Knitted Knockers, the American organisation.  Knitted Knockers are breast prosthesis for women who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy and are made by volunteers who can knit or crochet. They are a soft, lightweight alternative to the standard gel filled prosthesis and can fit into a regular bra where they take on the shape of a real breast.

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