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.

1916: How will you remember?

Banners"Dublin Remembers 1916" has been an extensive 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 2016.

A range of history-based activities and initiatives were delivered, designed to deepen and broaden our understanding of the events of 1916 and that pivotal period in our history.

There were a number of formal commemorative events, focused on remembering and honouring those who took part in the Easter Rising, and especially those who gave their lives.

1916: How will you remember? from Dublin City Public Libraries on Vimeo.

Magical Slovakia Photographic Exhibition

High Tatra MountainsAs you may already know, Slovakia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. To celebrate this, Central Library, Ilac Centre is currently hosting the photographic exhibition – Magical Slovakia by Photographer Ladislav Struhar.

Image: High Tatra Mountains by Ladislav Struhar

The exhibition was first opened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in July by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The exhibition showcases Slovakia through unique documentary and art photographs that offer an unparalleled glimpse of Slovakia from diverse perspectives.

Storytime is such fun!

StorytimeEvery Tuesday morning there is storytelling for our younger folk at Pearse Street Library, and we will have you know there is a bit of play involved as well! As you will see from the photo slideshow below the children have a great time, and get totally involved in the fun. We aim to please!

Storytime at Pearse Street Library takes place from 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday mornings. Tel 01 6744888 for more information.

Dressing for History - A Preview

Dressing for HistoryA group of of children visited Pearse Street Library this morning and were enthralled with clothing historian Laura Thorp's many period costumes, so much so that they delighted in trying out some of the costumes themselves. Proof if ever it was needed that history can be fun!

View the slideshow of photos from this morning below.

Style has changed drastically over the years and changing fashions reveal a lot about a historical period. On Saturday next (24th), between 11am and 3pm, you can meet clothing historian Laura and delve through her treasure-trove of historical costumes, hats and other accessories from the 19th and 20th centuries. And try on the perfect period piece for you!

Culture Night 2016 in Pearse Street Library

Culture NightDublin City Library and Archive was delighted to open its doors to the public on Culture Night, Friday, 16th September. Visitors enjoyed a mixed programme of live music, poetry, drama and exhibitions.

The schedule for the evening was:-

6.00pm - Poetry  Readings with Iggy McGovern and Catherine Ann Cullen
6.45pm - World Dance Music arranged for two Spanish Guitars with  Luke Tobin & Gerard Boyle
7.45pm - Poetry  Readings with Ronan Browne
8.00pm - Traditional Irish Music and Song with Síle Denvir and Valerie Casey, members of Líadan.

View the photo slideshow of the night below.

Remembering 1916 - Easter Weekend, a Look Back

SmithfieldThousands took to the streets on a glorious Easter Monday in March to remember the 1916 Rising. Dublin City Council was in Smithfield Square with library staff and the Dublin Fire Brigade. We unveiled the Learning Bus with its retro-fit Edwardian parlour, author Lia Mills was on hand to promote “Fallen” the One City One Book choice for 2016 and we were serenaded by the Drum and Pipe band from the Dublin Fire Brigade. Re-enactors from both sides, 1916 Rising rebels and First World War troops, joined us to talk to people about their uniforms and kit.

Watch the wonderful video below. And look out for one of the library staff acting the part of a newsboy!

Fun at the Rose Festival

Rose Festival 2016Our library tent and mobile library were a hive of book activity and fun at the Rose Festival at St Anne's Park, Raheny on Saturday 16 July. Thanks to everyone who popped by for chat, to register for a library card or borrow some books.

No Strings Theatre Company kept families entertained with their new lively puppet show The Salmon of Knowledge, which featured a new and unexpected character!

Library staff were on hand to offer book recommendations for anyone stuck in a reading rut with Book Doctor sessions. Don't worry if you missed us on the day, staff at your local library can suggest exciting new reads, recent publications by popular authors, a new genre to discover or old classics to rediscover!