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.

Imagine Nations Through Stories: International Children's Book Day 2014

International Children's Book Day posterInternational Children’s Book Day is observed annually on 2nd April, the anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, and is celebrated all over the world. This year the International Board on Books for Young People (iBbY) Ireland is hosting this day of worldwide celebrations. The current Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey has designed a fabulous poster to commemorate the day, and award-winning author and former Laureate na nÓg Siobhan Parkinson has written a message to the children of the world.

The motto this year is Imagine Nations Through Stories and iBbY Ireland's new website is focused on bringing international books to an Irish audience through reviews of children’s books, features from academics, librarians and activists with a focus on international books for an Irish audience.

If Ever You Go This April!

TTRSThe Central Library, Ilac Centre, is currently offering Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS), a free online computer course. As well as developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. Students with dyslexia or literacy issues have found it helpful. This is a multisensory, structured, online course which assists students to learn at their own pace either in the library or at home. The Central Library has a number of licences available to library users.

Dublin One City One Book 2014 Launch

Brendan Kennelly reading at the launchDublin: One City, One Book 2014 "If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song" was today (Tuesday, 25th March) launched by Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Present also were Owen Keegan, Dublin City Manager, Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, and renowned poets Dermot Bolger, Brendan Kennelly, Paula Meehan, Gabriel Rosenstock, Enda Wyley, as well as that famous musician and poet, John Sheahan (The Dubliners).

Right: Brendan Kennelly reading at the launch

A day in the life of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive

Have you ever wondered what a typical day in Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive looks like? Here's a sneak peak:

#MyDCCDay activities in libraries


Sir John T. Gilbert, Irish Historian and Archivist

Sir John T. GilbertJohn Thomas Gilbert, born in Dublin on the 23rd January 1829, was the author of the influential three-volume 'History of the City of Dublin', published from 1854-59. He was a firm advocate of documenting the history of his native city using primary sources. His work on manuscripts relating to the city alerted him to the need for the preservation of Irish public records, many of which were in a neglected and vulnerable condition. He commenced a campaign, which eventually led to the setting up of the Public Records Office in the Four Courts. He calendared the records of Dublin Corporation, which date from the twelfth century, and began the series of printed volumes 'The calendar of ancient records of the city of Dublin'

Summer Buzz Survey

Summer Reading Buzz posterDid your child take part in the summer reading programme in Dublin City Public Libraries this year? If so, please give us some feedback on the programme by completing this survey before the 10th January 2014. And there are only seven questions so it won't take long!


The Summer Reading Challenge (@SummerBuzz) for children was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in Tallaght Library on Monday, 17th June, in the presence of some 60 excited children and two bees!

3D Christmas Papercrafts in the Central Library

 3D Christmas Papercrafts at the Central Library

Come enjoy some fun festive paper crafts in the Central Library - construct cut-out paper sculpture, fold origami decorations and more! This is a free event, for children aged 7 to 10 years.

We will also have a selection of origami and papercrafts books to borrow on the day.