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City Hall Autumn Lecture series 2014

Anne Frank [+ You} - An Exhibition

Anne Frank + You ExhibitionThe Anne Frank Trust UK and the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, in association with Dublin City Public Libraries, proudly present the touring exhibition "Anne Frank [+ You}".

The exhibition, based on the ‘The Diary of a Young Girl' tells the story of a young Jewish girl and her family hiding in occupied Amsterdam during World War II. It will be on display in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, from 23rd October until 11th December 2013.

This exhibition is free and is suitable for adults and children from 6th class and up.

Public Viewing Times (no booking required):

Monday – Thursday: 2.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday: 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Closed Bank Holiday 26 – 28 October

Note re. Class and Group Bookings:

Due to demand, we have made available a limited number of late afternoon time slots (16:00hrs) for class and group tours. Visit the class and group booking page on Eventbrite. Morning and early afternoon slots have all been booked out. Read more »

What is Read in Germany?

Post by Fabienne Sauberlich.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryYes, of course there are some German authors whose works only appear in German, so unfortunately most of you won't be able to read them. But there are too a lot of international authors we Germans also like to read. And sometimes looking at what is read in other countries can give you ideas as to what books you shouldn’t miss out on.

If you want to know what books are read most in Germany you should have a look at the so called "Spiegel Bestsellerliste".  This list comes out weekly so you may also want to look at earlier ones. Below is the list for this week, and if you find something interesting watch out for it, you might even get it in your local Library. Read more »

Bridges of Dublin - New Website!

Today sees the launch of a wonderful new website on the bridges spanning the River Liffey from Lucan to the sea. Bridges of Dublin is a Dublin City Council project and was developed as a comprehensive digital archive of information about the bridges which span the Liffey in Dublin county. The project was led by the specialist web unit within Culture, Recreation and Amenity assisted by the Roads and Traffic Department.

Mellows Bridge, Dublin Read more »

Rathmines Library - 100 Years at the Heart of the Community

Rathmines LibraryOn the 24th October 1913, Rathmines Library opened its doors to the public for the first time in its current location, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

Right: Rathmines Library is all its splendour. (click to view larger image)

To mark the 100th anniversary of this landmark library, Dublin City Public Libraries (DCPL) have great pleasure in presenting a programme of lectures, exhibitions and children’s events during the month of October.

Its History

The first library in Rathmines was opened in 1887, in rented premises at 53 Rathmines Road. In 1902 Rathmines and Rathgar Urban District Council applied for a grant to Andrew Carnegie (links to Britannica Library Ed., DCPL borrower number required to view from home), who was at that time dispensing large sums of money for the building of libraries the world over. The application was successful and in 1903 a sum of £7,500, later increased to £8,500 was granted. It took the Council some time to find a suitable site for the library, but they did eventually and in 1912 building work began. The Library and Technical Institute were opened on October 24th, 1913.  Read more »

Heart of the City: Parnell Square and Parnell Street

PS004 Parnell Square 1996

View the Parnell Square Image Gallery.

Parnell Square is the oldest of the Georgian Squares of Dublin, and the only one on the north side of the city to escape the tenementisation of the later 19th and early 20th century. Built as the homes of the great and the good of the late eighteenth century, including the Gardiner and Charlemont families, during the 19th century its buildings became more commercial in nature, with large numbers of solicitors, doctors and auctioneers locating their offices there. Rutland Square, as it was then known, also became the home of a number of cultural and political associations, including the Gaelic League. Read more »

Songs of Murder, Madams and Mayhem

To celebrate Culture Night 2013 Marino Library held an evening of Dublin ballads with Anne and Niamh Buckley. The sisters delighted the packed audience with ballads that ranged from hearbreaking to gruesome. With these songs of murder, madams and mayhem perhaps staff member Anne is falling under the influence of the ghost of Marino born Bram Stoker and the library's Gothic Literature Collection!

If you'd like to hear more, good listeners are always welcome at An Góilín, Traditional Singer's Club based in The Teacher's Club, Parnell Square, Dublin. 

Niamh Buckley and Anne Buckley Read more »

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