Dublin Remembers 1916 Programme

Dublin Remembers 1916To mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Dublin City Council has announced an exciting programme of commemorative events. You are encouraged to remember and reflect on the events of Easter Week 1916, which shook the capital’s streets 100 years ago.  An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh launched the Dublin Remembers 1916  programme on Wednesday, 13 January at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, at a preview of the specially commissioned exhibition Citizens in Conflict, Dublin 1916.

The programme is packed full 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. This rich programme of events provides something for everyone. View the Dublin Remembers 1916 Programme of Events.

Poetry, Prose and Music at Pearse St Library

Crogh WritersOn Wednesday, 9th December, in Pearse Street Library, we had the dual pleasure of listening to members of Clogh Writers' Group reading a selection of their writings, poetry and prose, and music provided by the Carlow Ramblers. Indeed the Ramblers put on a set dancing performance as well!

From a village in north Kilkenny, The Clogh Writers' Group have published a number of anthologies, namely Only Wanted Andy Brennan (1996), From the Heart (1997), The Echo of Familiar Voices (2000) and most recently Kilpatrick (2014) .

You can view below the photo slideshow from the event in Pearse Street Library.

Chance to watch Muc from Twigín visit Cabra Library!

MucMuch to our delight, Muc the pig visited Cabra Library on the 9th June 2015 with the RTÉjr crew to do some filming! If you didn't already know, Muc is one of the characters in the TV programme Twigín.

As we promised back in June, we are now delighted to tell you that Muc's visit featured on Twigín, broadcast on Monday, 30th November 2015, on RTÉjr, where Emma and Muc taught Séamus all about the library.

You can now catch up with the episode on the RTE player.

Below are some screenshots from Muc's visit and the TV show.

Because I'm Human

Dave LordanDave Lordan gave a talk on poetry and bullying to a group of students at Pearse Street Library this morning (13th Nov).

Dave's poem, Because I’m Human, is used as an anti-bullying resource by schools and youth groups worldwide. Dave read the poem and told the story of its origins. He discussed with the teenagers how poetry helped him, and may help others, overcome traumatic childhood bullying.

Watch Because I'm Human by Dave Lordan Directed by Pádraig Burke:

Children Design Their Own Theatre Sets

theatre designChildren were this morning exploring Irish theatre costume and stage designing,  and in the process creating their very own pop-up theatre designs, inspired by the work of set designer, illustrator and painter, Jack B Yeats.

This event took place in Pearse Street Library, and in the slideshow below you can see the fruits of their labour.

Magical book found in Dublin - READ All About It!

The Boook of LearningWe invite children to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12-year old girl whose world has just changed forever  - a new home in Dublin that is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her – for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press, and runs from January to March 2016.

Fallen is One City One Book Choice for 2016!

FallenWe are delighted to announce that Lia Mills’ novel Fallen, published by Penguin Ireland, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2016.

We are also delighted to announce that, for the first time, Dublin will team up with Belfast for a 'Two Cities One Book' Festival.  2016 will see a partnership with Libraries NI (the library authority for Northern Ireland) so that next April readers in Dublin and Belfast will engage with the same book at the same time. The initiative was launched at noon today (14th) by an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.

The ‘ReCreate Revolution’ in Pearse Street Library

ReCreate WorkshopPearse Street Library was delighted that RECREATE could give this creative workshop on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

ReCreate promote ‘Make Art not Waste’. Participants explored the endless possibilities of creative reuse using items from ReCreates’ ‘Warehouse of Wonders’, such as wool, paper, plastics, fabric, tubing and foam. They experimented with printing, weaving and much more in this artist led workshop.

What a great turnout and display of creative flair resulting in many wonderful creations!

View the slideshow below.

Dressing for History at Pearse Street Library

Dressed for HistoryA group of of children visited Pearse Street Library this morning and were enthralled with Laura Thorp's informative and colourful talk on the history of fashion, so much so that they delighted in trying out some costumes themselves. As if proof were ever needed that learning can be fun!

View the slideshow of photos from this morning below.

You might call this a trial run for the main event which takes place in City Hall on the 26th September coming. Part of an expansive programme of events for adults and also this year for families and children at the Dublin Festival of History (25th Sept - 10th Oct).

Dublin City Libraries Celebrate Heritage Week

Heritage Week 2015To celebrate Heritage Week, which runs from 22nd – 30th August, our public libraries are presenting a diverse programme of talks, workshops, musical theatre, family history sessions and exhibitions in our branch libraries. Among the many interesting talks, walks and workshops are presentations on Mount Street Bridge examining the momentous events of 1916; Dublin suburbs in past times and how Dubliners earned their crust; Jimmy O’Dea on the stage of The Royal Theatre and eye witness accounts of the horror of the Western Front in 1915.