Summer Reading Challenge at Your Local Library!

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!

Here are some photos from the launch and more besides!


Summertime for Kids in Dublin City Public Libraries

Summer Reading BuzzSchool might soon be out, and people might be travelling (or thinking of doing so) to foreign climes on their holidays, but with our younger library visitor in particular in mind that doesn't mean your local library slackens in its efforts to please and fulfil; to the contrary, with all that is happening, you could happily spend many a happy hour or more down at your local library with all that is planned for this (hopefully) long, warm, sunny summer.

Heading up our summer programme for our younger library visitor is the all new Summer Reading Buzz! To coincide with the Reading Buzz all branch libraries around the city are hosting a variety of activities for children of all ages during the months of July and August. So check out too the whole host of summer activities planned; think music, think creative workshops, think art, think magic!

Note that all events are free but some do require advanced booking.

Don't forget, you can keep informed and up-to-date by regularly checking our Library Events page, for events for our younger and older visitors alike!

You know you are getting old when …..

Cover of the Bealtaine 2013 brochure…the Bealtaine Festival begins to look as attractive as camping in a muddy field and listening to loud music once did.
Bealtaine used to be described as a festival ‘celebrating creativity in older age’ – which implies you have to be more or less in older age to take part.
Now it is ‘celebrating creativity as we age!’ Well, we are all aging (some of us faster than others I admit) so that means everyone doesn’t it?

Create a Digital Memory on Digital Dublin Day

Red corner shop DublinDublin Digital Day Event, Grafton Street, Friday, 8th March.

Create a digital memory, using your old photographs, on Digital Dublin Day, Friday 8th March. 

Do you have some old photographs of Dublin or Dubliners lying around at home? Perhaps a snapshot of friends meeting under Clery's Clock? Or photographs that show Dublin shops, pubs or other buildings in the background?

Once Upon a Time

Fairy Tales from the Brothers GrimmAt a lecture on children’s literature some years ago, the speaker asked his audience to turn to the person on their right and tell them the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Most of us were getting along quite well – red hood - little girl on the way to her grandmothers’ house - don’t stray from the path -  big bad wolf.  As we got closer to the end of the story, hesitations and deviations began to creep in. Did the wolf eat the grandmother and the little girl? Were they rescued by the woodcutter/huntsman or did Little Red Riding Hood trick the wolf so that he ends up in the boiling pot on the fire – or was he cut open and filled with stones?

The reason for our confusion is of course that there are so many variants of the story. Based on folk tales and myths of werewolves which were common in France in the 16th and 17th centuries, the tale evolved through oral history, Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm to become a warning tale in a more sanitized form than the originals.

Message in a Bottle - Short Story Competition

Dublin City Public Libraries welcomed the Tall Ships to Dublin with our nautical-themed 'Message in a Bottle 'competition and would like to thank all the children who entered. We had many great stories submitted in all our branch libraries and beyond. It was no easy job to choose the winners!

Messgae in a Bottle

Aung San Suu Kyi in Dublin

The lady and the peacock, the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Peter PophamBurma pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi is in Dublin today as part of her European tour. On Saturday last, she  finally accepted her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. As part of her short visit here, she is meeting with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin, and later being presented with the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at a concert in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (at Grand Canal Square just up the road from library headquarters here in Pearse Street).

As part of the event in the Grand Canal Square, Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague, will receive Aung San Suu Kyi, who will sign the Roll of Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin. The Freedom of the City was awarded to Ms Suu Kyi on 18th March 2000, the award was accepted on her behalf by her son Kim at the time.

World Wide Knit in Public

This week sees an international event that you might blink and miss, it's World Wide Knit in Public Day/week, with events happening all around the world to show that there are knitters and crocheters too, it used to be a day but now it's from a Saturday to a Saturday (this year the 9th to 17th June) to accommodate as many people as possible.  The site lists man of the events happening, with several of them happening in Dublin.  The biggest will be (hopefully, weather permitting) in Stephen's Green Saturday 16th

Reasons to be Cheerful?

Smiley face, neutral face and sad faceA talk entitled "Why are some of us optimists and others pessimists and what can we do about it?" will take place in the Central Library on Thursday June 21st at 1pm. Renowned psychologist and professor of cognitive neuroscience, Elaine Fox of the University of Essex will answer the above question from a totally scientific point of view (The talk is part of Dublin City of Science 2012). Author of "Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain", Elaine will explain how we already have tendencies towards optimism or pessimism when we are born. However, all is not lost as she can reveal some techniques to help us change our mindsets.

111 Writers, 28 Hours, One Venue!!!

Irish Writers’ Centre: Read For The World: Breaking a Guinness World Record

This weekend Ireland will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’. The title record of 75 is currently held by the Berlin International Literature Festival. This weekend 111 Writers will read for 28 Hours in one venue.

Kick off is at 10am in the Writers' Centre on Parnell Square this Friday the 15th of June and slots of 15 minutes each will run for 28 hours, all through the night, finishing at 2pm on Bloomsday.