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.

The Puppets Excite!

Puppet ShowThe No Strings Theatre Company was back in Dublin City Libraries in July, making appearances in Ballyfermot, Cabra, Drumcondra, Pearse Street, Phibsboro' and Rathmines Libraries.
The puppets were enthralling children with their version of the classic story The Boy Who Cried Wolf, the tale of  a very bored little boy who is asked to look after his Grandfather's prize sheep before The Best Sheep in Ireland Competition.

These are photos from the performance in Pearse Street Library on the 28th July, much enjoyed by the children let it be said.

Jake Gives Advice on Pet Care!

JakeFiona from Dog's Trust brought her friend Jake the dog to Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 8th July 2015, where she (Fiona that is, not Jake!) showed the children all they needed to know about looking after a pet.

Fiona and Jake are also appearing in Ballymun, Phibsboro', Pembroke, Pearse Street and Raheny during the same week.  Check our Events' Listing for details.

Joyce, the Rathmines Connection

Rathmines LibraryGiven the day that is in it, it is fitting that staff in Rathmines Library have dressed in costume to mark Bloomsday 2015. This is not by mere chance: James Joyce was born in Rathmines and spent his early years there. Read more below, but first you must admire the costumes on display today...

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.