Our Feathered Friends

starlingNow is a wonderful time to start watching and supporting our feathered friends. It is even a great time to listen to them, given that the noise from traffic on our roads and the skies is much reduced. Seagulls in particular, are very plentiful at the moment, and it sometimes seems as if they are the only birds around.

Spring into Storytime with Clarence’s Big Secret

coverFor this Spring into Storytime session we have chosen Clarence’s Big Secret written by Roy MacGregor and Christine MacGregor Cation and illustrated by Mathilde Cinq-Mars. As a young boy, Clarence didn’t go to school. Instead, he took over working in the farm after his father had an accident. He never learned to read until he was 100 years old. This book tells Clarence’s amazing true story. Celebrate Spring into Storytime with Dublin City Libraries.

Spring into Storytime with Not ‘Til Tomorrow, Phoebe

coverFor this Spring into Storytime session we have chosen Not ‘Til Tomorrow, Phoebe written by Julie Zwillich and illustrated by Denise Holmes. Phoebe hates the word ‘tomorrow’. That’s when everything good is promised to happen. Why can’t everything good happen today? Then Phoebe’s grandmother teaches her the secret of how to make tomorrow become today.

Spring into Storytime with What Matters by Alison Hughes

coverFor this 'Spring into Storytime' session we have chosen What Matters, written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Holly Hatam. This is a story about a boy who picks up one piece of litter. The story shows how this one good deed makes such a big difference.

Spring into Storytime with The Biggest Job of All by Harriet Ziefert

coverFor this Spring into Storytime session we have chosen 'The Biggest Job of All', written by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Lauren Browne. Lulu wants a really big, important job when she grows up but she has no idea what that could be. Join Lula as she considers lots of jobs from being a doctor to washing elephants.

Spring into Storytime with Bailey the dog

coverFor our story book choice today, we introduce you to Bailey the dog. Enjoy this fun story as Bailey spends a day at school. 

Be crafty! Learn scrapbooking skills online

craftThis period of temporary enforced downtime certainly presents us all with many grave challenges, but it also provides some exciting opportunities. If you, like me, have long intended but could never quite find the time to convert your precious personal and family memorabilia into stunning and unique family history albums, now is your big chance! 

Raise your dopamine levels and let your creative juices flow!  Learn the art and discover the joy of scrapbooking.

Our Digital Repository Now Available Online

ImagesTraffic jams during the 1974 CIE Bus Strikes,  Croagh Patrick Pilgrimages (1958), and jubilant Heffo’s army supporters are among 43,000 historic photographs and documents  which are being made freely available online by Dublin City Council today.  These formerly unseen images date as early as 1757 and include photographs, postcards, letters, maps and historical memorabilia.

Highlights of the collection, which can be found at, include the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection with images of people, places and tourist locations all across Ireland from the 1930s, the Irish Theatre Archive Photographic Collection, and Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. Much of the material provides photographic evidence of Dublin's ever-changing streetscapes and buildings, as well as significant social, cultural, sporting, and political events in the City. Events as diverse as the Eucharistic Congress (1932), bonny baby competitions in the North Inner City, and the Dublin Football Team of the 1970s all feature, along with sombre Dublin streets in the aftermath of tragedies such as the 1941 North Strand and the 1974 Bombings.

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.

Get the Full Article! Newspapers Online via the Library

Newspapers onlineWe have for some time provided online access in our branch libraries to the complete issues of Irish newspapers via our subscription to 'The Irish Times Newspaper Archive' and to the 'Irish Newspaper Archive'. Both subscriptions provide access to full digital copy and a search facility; the Irish Newspaper Archive giving access to most (all?) of the regional papers plus the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner.

Important to bear in mind though that the most recent issues (in both subscriptions) may not be available, i.e. most recent daily will be some 7 to 10 days old, while weekly papers may not include the most recent issue.

A handy point of access to these subscriptions is provided on our Netvibes-based portal (note: both subscriptions available on library computers only).

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