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Energy Saving Workshop at Cabra Library

Cabra WorkshopAre you always trying to save energy at home, but feel like you don’t have enough information? Do you confuse CFLs and LEDs? Have you wondered what appliances are having the biggest impact on your energy bill?

Dublin’s energy agency Codema hosted a workshop in Cabra Library on Monday, 15th June 2015, giving a practical insight into the best ways to save energy in your home.

Ireland's Harp: shaping a nation's identity

Irish HarpMary Louise O’Donnell gave a talk and recital titled "Ireland's Harp: shaping a nation's identity" in the Central Library, Ilac Centre on 12 March. Her talk traces the history and evolution of this treasured national emblem and glorious musical tradition. You can listen to a recording of the event below or download to listen to offline.

The image of the harp – symbolic of the political and cultural landscape of Ireland for centuries – evokes strong sentiments in the collective Irish imagination. This iconic instrument became the emblem on Irish coinage in the sixteenth century. Since then it has been symbolic of Irish culture, music, and politics – finally evolving into a significant marker of national identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Solar-Powered Lego at Coolock Library!

Coolock lego eventIn Coolock Library recently children from a local school learned how to produce solar-powered electric cars using lego! The photo slideshow below will give you some idea as to the fun that was had, not to mind the knowledge acquired!

They were taking part in a Renewable Energy Lego Workshop involving Codema and Learnit that is also taking place in our branch libraries in Ballymun, Cabra and Raheny this June for invited classes.

Memories of the Mansion House

Learning BusYou still have time, so get on down to the Mansion house before 4.30pm today (27th May)!

Celebrating Bealtaine and 300 years as the official Mayoral residence, The Mansion House and Dublin City Public Libraries invited members of the public to share their memories of the Mansion House on Saturday 23rd and again today, Wednesday 27th May 2015.

Sharing Memories at the Mansion House

Jimmy JohnstonWe thought this scan from last Saturday when members of the public came along to the Mansion House to share their memories of said beautiful building particularly interesting. Might you agree?

The photo (see below) shows the winner of the 1977 Men's World dancing championship, Jimmy Johnston from Dundalk, centre, together with the runner-up and third placed. . The event of course took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House.  Many thanks to Jimmy for permissions to use the photo.

Note the runner-up, one Mike Flatley from Chicago. I wonder... ?

Teddy Bears Take Over Cabra Library!

Tedy BearForty very special teddy bears came to Cabra Library on Monday, 11th May for a teddy sleepover! The teddies brought their owners to the library where they all listened to bedtime stories, sang teddy bear songs and had a few snacks before they were tucked up for the night. Here are some photos of what the bears got up to around the library…

International Literature Festival Dublin 2015 (16-24 May)

IFD logoThe International Literature Festival Dublin returns for its 17th year with both a new name and new director. The festival was founded in 1998, in order to gather together writers from around the world to speak, debate and interact with each other and audiences. Attractions include readings, discussions, debates, screenings and workshops. The festival will feature a mix of screenwriters, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, lyricists, and playwrights.

This year's festival will take place from 16-24 May in various locations.

2015 UNESCO World Book Day

UNESCO LogoToday (23 April, 2015) is a very special day for libraries everywhere: UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. According to UNESCO's website, World Book and Copyright Day is "an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them. This is the 18th year of the celebration.

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Their mission "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information." They aim to achieve this mission by promoting knowledge of science, fostering cultures of diversity and peace, and increasing the rates of literacy across the globe.

Spring Awakening

Learning BusSpring Awakening on Thursday 16th April is the inaugural event for Culture Dublin 1 - an organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and engagement with cultural institutions in the Dublin 1 postcode.

Spring Awakening will be a day of open culture, where you can step inside some of Dublin's most venerated buildings or partake in a free walking tour to celebrate this area of the city centre. Take an Argentine tango lesson, learn about Georgian architecture, get re-acquainted with Joyce or learn how to write a novel.

Drop in to the Dublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus, parked outside the Hugh Lane Gallery from 6pm - 8pm to talk about plans for the new City Library at Parnell Square North. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Road to the Rising Festival 2015

Learning Bus at Road to the Rising FestivalThe Road to the Rising Festival took place on Easter Monday, 6th of April 2015 as part of the Decade of Commemorations and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Dublin City Council Libraries and Archive Learning Bus showcased their digital collection relating to the Decade of Commemorations at the festival. This Road to the Rising Festival recreated the atmosphere of Ireland before the Easter Rising with street theatre, music, and vintage attractions.

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