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!

North Strand Bombing, 75th Anniversary

Damaged buildingOn the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the North Strand Bombings, a set of files relating to compensation claims for property that was damaged or destroyed by the bombings  have been catalogued by Dublin City Archives and  can now be accessed by members of the public for the first time in our Reading Room.

The North Strand Bombing occurred on the night of 30/31 May 1941, when four bombs were dropped over the North Strand area by German aircraft. The impact of the bombing was strongly felt in the city of Dublin as it resulted in the death of 28 people, injured over 90 and caused the destruction of 300 houses.

The Business of Starting a Business

MoneyWe are half way through our Spring 'Start Your Own Business' programme here at the Business Information Centre, and as ever the workshops are proving a great success.  The workshops, which are taking place every Thursday from 6.30 – 8.00pm, attract entrepreneurs, innovators, start your own business enthusiasts, back to work job seekers and those who wish to go it alone in a  business world.

Reflecting the Rising

Reflecting the RisingOn Easter Monday, 28 March 2016 people from all over the country flocked to the streets of Dublin to commemorate the 1916 Rising. The atmosphere around the city was fantastic - and so was the weather! RTÉ's Reflecting the Rising filled the city's streets, squares, parks and buildings with history, drama, literature, music, talks, reenactments, arts, dance, play and crafts.

Launch of Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there - photos

Richmond Barracks 1916 publication launchThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, launched the book 'Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there, 77 women of the Easter Rising' to a packed audience at the Chapel, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8, on International Women's Day, Tuesday, 8 March 2016.   This new publication gives voice to the 77 women who were arrested and held at Richmond Barracks following the Easter Rising. A leather bound edition of the book was presented to President Higgins and Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh. The audience was entertained by an instrumental performance by Cora Venus Lunny and and Kate Ellis, poetry recitals by Jo Kennedy and Jane Clarke and Damien Dempsey singing Aunt Jennie.

The 77 Women Commemoration Quilt was also unveiled at the event. This unique quilt commemorates the 77 women arrested after the Easter Rising and forms a link to the present through the 77 contemporary women who crafted each special panel.

View the photo slideshow of the event below.

Nelson's Pillar Commemorative Event - Photos

Nelson's PillarThe 50th anniversary of the destruction of Nelson's Pillar occurred on Tuesday, 8th March 2016, and to mark the occasion Dublin City Archives held a commemorative event entailing a talk by historian Donal Fallon, poetry read by Alastair Smeaton, and ballads by Luke Cheevers and Tony Fitzpatrick.

View the photo slideshow of the event below.