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.

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!