One small step for (a) man…..

Greg Johnson, AstronautStaying up late in July 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step from Apollo 11 onto the surface of the moon was exiting but not at all unexpected to a science fiction reader. Having spent years immersed in Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and so many other great writers it was never IF, just HOW SOON we would conquer space. In my mind, it was only a matter of time be for all those stories of Martian colonies, aliens (friendly or hostile), parallel universes, androids and my own personal space trips would all come true.

The Power of Science

Science Week 2014The power of science is all around us. We see, hear, touch, taste and experience the wonder of science every day. Thanks to the power of science we can improve our health and wellbeing, explore new worlds, and make our world a better place; the only limits are those we imagine!

Co-ordinated by SFI Discover the education and public engagement programme of Science Foundation Ireland, Science Week officially runs from 9th – 16th November 2014. Dublin City Public Libraries will host our Science Week Programme over two weeks – because we just can’t fit all our fantastic workshops and lectures into just one week!

Dublin - Where Elephants Roam

Where Elephants RoamThis is the Month of the Elephant and during the ‘elephantastic’ month of October, Dublin City Libraries will be hosting puppet shows, storytelling and Zoo talks all about elephants. Drop into your local library to see the wonderful displays of books and to book a place at one of our children’s events.

Another fascinating Dublin Festival of History

Charles Spencer signing copies of Killers of the KingThe second annual Dublin Festival of History was again a great success with hundreds of history fans attending a fascinating range of lectures, films, debates and workshops. The programme featured renowned historians from abroad, including Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, R

Remembering the First World War

The first shots of what became known as the First World War were fired on 28th July 1914. Over the next four years of war over 200,000 Irish men served in the British Army. Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive will be marking the Great War and Dubliners’ role in it, drawing on our extensive collections with a series of events and exhibitions, reading lists and digitisation projects.

Are You Looking for Work in 2014

Job Board

What do employers want to see in your CV?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever gone for an interview only to find that although you have the required qualifications, the detailing in your CV let you down? Have you ever regurgitated the same CV over and over again without modifying it in any way? Is your CV too short with very little meat in it, or quite the opposite, a CV which is far too long with pages of minutiae within it?

John Dillon Freedom Casket

Professor and Mrs. John Dillon with the freedom casket in City HallDublin's City Hall has obtained an Honorary Freedom casket on loan for display in the exhibition The Story of the Capital.

Right: Professor and Mrs. John Dillon with the casket in City Hall (click to view larger image)

This is a 19th century carved bog oak casket of sarcophagus form presented to John Dillon M.P. for the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin. Decorated with entwined basket panels with scenes of St. Patrick, the entire resting on four Irish wolfhounds surmounted by a silver figure of Freedom with a wreath. Signed J. McD. [John McDowell, silversmith and jeweller, Dublin: McDowell’s still operates as the Happy Ring House in O’Connell Street.]

Theatre Lovett presents at Pearse Street Library

Lovett PresentsSo, which absurd cat are you?

View slideshow below of photos taken during the forty-five minute workshop for 7- 10 year olds held in Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 2nd July, the title of which was "Theatre Lovett presents... Which absurd cat are you?".

Bealtaine Art Exhibition Launch

View photo slideshow below of the launch of the Bealtaine Art Exhibition in Pearse Street Library, Tuesday, 6th May 2014. Paintings from St. Andrew's Resource Centre and Halston Street Art Group are on display in Pearse Street Library from 2nd to the 22nd May 2014. The exhibition was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Oisín Quinn.

Start Off - Start Up - Start Now - Start Here

Go for it - start a businessAre you thinking of starting a business?

Once again this year, Dublin City Public Libraries in association with Dublin City Enterprise Board will run the Start Your Own Business Spring Programme 2014, from Thursday, 10 April – 15 May, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm with a different speaker delivering each workshop. This year the focus is on “Getting Started” and covers a diverse range of topics pertinent to starting a business – An Introduction to Self Employment , Ideas Generation and Market Research, Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing Strategy, Financing Your Business and Writing the winning Business Plan.

What is ideal about this programme is that each lecture is a unit within itself and covers a different aspect of starting a business - this is great as it allows you pick and chose which lectures interest you.