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Remembering our history

Chambers AwardAt the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards last night Dublin City Council won the “Commemorations and Centenaries 2016” award for its Dublin Remembers 1916-2016: Is Cuimhin Linn programme. Dublin City Public Libraries staff were delighted to accept the reward on behalf of all sections and colleagues in Dublin City Council who made the centenary year of the 1916 Rising in the capital such a memorable one. Within Dublin City Council the Commemorations Committee, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, the Arts Office, Richmond Barracks, Events, Planning, the Heritage Office, City Hall, Community and Social Development, Environment and Transport, Parks, Dublin Fire Brigade all contributed to this extraordinary and award-winning project.

Near Archive Now Online

Near ArchiveThe Near Archive is a digital audio database of interviews originally broadcast on Near FM’s flagship community affairs programme Northside Today between the years 2011 and 2016. The Archive was officially launched on Wednesday 16 November at 6.30pm in Coolock Library by Dr Pauric Travers, chairperson of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The content reflects upon the themes of Irish Culture, Life and Experience with a particular emphasis on local arts and culture, local news, history, heritage and community events. The total number of archived pieces in this collection is presently c.1,200.

2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist

Irish books on longlistSeven Irish novels are among 147 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the International DUBLIN Literary Award.  Nominations include 43 novels in translation with works by 43 American, 23 British, 14 Canadian, 10 Australian, 5 New Zealander and 4 Dutch authors.

The 2017 Award was launched today, 21 November by Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, Patron of the Award, who praised the International DUBLIN Literary Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally. “Like every year”, he said, “readers will find new books and new authors through the Award, and they can pit themselves against the international panel of judges and pick their own favourite novel, before I announce the winner on 21 June next year”.

Reader-in-Residence Positions

Reader in residenceDublin City Public Libraries are committed to developing the role of the library as a centre for culture, with programmes and projects that meet individual and community needs. The Reader-in Residence programme fulfils these commitments by providing opportunities for positive engagement with libraries and reading for children, young people and their families.

Dublin City Public Libraries delivers library services to the North East Inner City through the Central Library at the ILAC Centre and the branch library at Charleville Mall.

Echoland is Dublin: One City, One Book 2017 Choice!

EcholandWe are delighted to announce that Echoland by Joe Joyce, published by Liberties Press, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2017. Echoland is the first novel in the Echoland series by Joe Joyce. Set in Dublin in the 1940s, with the threat of British or German invasion hanging over the country, it features young lieutenant Paul Duggan, who is tasked with investigating a suspected German spy. An addictive thriller about the double-dealing world of spies and politics, it shines a light on an exciting period in Ireland’s history.

The announcement follows a highly successful Dublin: One City One Book Festival in 2016, when the book choice was Fallen by Lia Mills, and the festival became Two Cities One Book, when it twinned with Belfast for the commemorative year.

2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children Book Selected!

Dave RuddenWe are delighted to announce that 'Knights of the Borrowed Dark' by Dave Rudden, published by Puffin Books, is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

This reading initiative is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature programme with the aim of encouraging children to read for pleasure.<--break->

Terenure Children's Library - Temporary Closure

LadderTerenure Children's Library will be closed from Thursday 14th July to Wednesday 27th July inclusive, our apologies for this temporary disruption. But the children's library is badly in need of a paint job! 

There will be a limited collection of material available for children to borrow in the adult Library during this two week period.

Children's items can be returned in the drop box at the adult lending entrance or at the adult lending desk.

Book Launch: Dublin Civic Portrait Collection

Dublin Civic PortraitOn Tuesday 14 June, at 7.00pm, 'The Dublin Civic Portrait Collection: patronage, politics and patriotism, 1603–2013' by Dublin City Archivist Dr. Mary Clark will be launched in the Oak Room of Dublin's Mansion House. Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh will officially launch the book and Professor Christine Casey, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin will be a guest speaker.

Please join us to celebrate the publication of this unique and momentous book. Booking required in order to attend, please email info@fourcourtspress.ie.

Kevin Street Library Refurbishment - Upgrade Notice

Kevin Street LibraryPursuant to the requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), and the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) - Part 8, notice is hereby given of an upgrade to the building in compliance with current building regulations in terms of universal access, fire escape and accessible WC provision. The work will include the provision of a new extension on the west side of the existing building to contain a lift, and an external ramp from Kevin Street to the existing entrance door. New external fixed glazed apertures will be created on the western rendered elevation. It is proposed to internally refurbish and increase the internal floor level by 128 sqm to provide extra reading, exhibition and sanitary accommodation in accordance with 21st Century Library service provision. The building is not a protected structure but is been overseen by a conservation led Design Team.

North Strand Bombing, 75th Anniversary

Damaged buildingOn the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the North Strand Bombings, a set of files relating to compensation claims for property that was damaged or destroyed by the bombings  have been catalogued by Dublin City Archives and  can now be accessed by members of the public for the first time in our Reading Room.

The North Strand Bombing occurred on the night of 30/31 May 1941, when four bombs were dropped over the North Strand area by German aircraft. The impact of the bombing was strongly felt in the city of Dublin as it resulted in the death of 28 people, injured over 90 and caused the destruction of 300 houses.

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