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Spring into Storytime!

Spring into Storytime takes place in April each year, and this year we are delighted to be hosting Storytimes in our Libraries and our Library Gardens throughout the month of April. 

Spring into Storytime is part of Right to Read, the national programme to promote literacy and reading development for people of all ages and backgrounds.

To see when there is a Storytime in a dlr Library near you, visit our website or click Read More

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Press Photographer of the Year 2022 Exhibition

Image: Murmuration by James Crombie

Monday 28 March - Friday 6 May 
Level 4, dlr LexIcon

The Press Photographers Association of Ireland is delighted to announce its ‘Press Photographer of the Year’ Awards Exhibition is now on display on Level 4 , dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire.

The exhibition of winning and highly-commended imagery was officially launched  by An Cathaoirleach , Cllr. Lettie McCarthy on Monday 28 March 2022 and will be on display until early May.

Visitors to Dún Laoghaire are invited to enjoy this stunning exhibition on their rambles around the area.

The Press Photographer of the Year 2022 title was awarded, for the second year in a row, to James Crombie of Inpho Photography, whose portfolio the judges cited as 'the outstanding portfolio of the awards’.

One Dublin One Book

Friday 8 April, 1.00pm
Online via  Zoom
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When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn’s Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer’s day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him, natural and daring in his company. But she cannot yet imagine the extraordinary life they will share together. All Nora knows is she likes her Jim enough to leave behind family and home, in search of a bigger, more exciting life.

Join Nuala O'Connor, author of Nora and Jessica Traynor, dlr Poet in Residence, for a discussion on One Dublin One Book choice 2022 Nora as well as all things Joyce and writing.

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Arlen House Launch

Friday 8 April, 5.00pm
Level 4, dlr LexIcon
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Come along to dlr LexIcon at 5.00pm on Friday 8 April for a bumper book launch celebrating the release of 5 new exciting titles from Arlen House.

It is a celebration of over 150 years of women’s writing, featuring important titles of classic literature that will now be made available to a new generation.

All are welcome to this event where we will hear from Caitríona Clear (on Kate O’Brien and Annie Smithson), Catherine Dunne (A Name for Himself), Marian Thérèse Keyes (on Anna Maria Hall), Lia Mills (Another Alice) and Arlen House publisher Alan Hayes. 

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Poetry at the LexIcon

Monday 11 April, 7.00pm
Online via dlr YouTube
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Join us for an enthralling and thrilling evening with Raymond Antrobus, Victoria Kennefick and Rachel Long. These poets cut to the heart of our world, asking questions about bodily autonomy, cultural inheritance and endemic violence, in language that is taut, controlled, and witty.

Taking on different personas, and using playful and thought-provoking motifs, their poetry is always honest and urgent. These are poets who capture our attention and remind us of Rilke’s famous line, “You must change your life.”

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Science Workshops at Blackrock Library

Wednesday 13 April, 2.15pm & 3.30pm
Blackrock Library
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Join Anyone4Science in Blackrock Library for some literary-themed science!

Ages 7-9yrs
Harry Potter Workshop

Enter the world of Harry Potter and learn how to make some invisible ink, take the test to find out if you are Magic or Muggle!

Ages 10-12yrs
Gangsta Granny Workshop

Learn about crime scene investigation and forensic science so you can stop Gangsta Granny in her tracks.

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Dundrum Baby and Toddler Group

Every Monday, 10am-12pm
Junior Library, Dundrum 

Join Library staff every Monday upstairs in the Junior Library for Baby and Toddler Book Club. There will be stories with library staff, then some free time to play with the new toys in Dundrum Library.

The area will remain closed off until 12.00pm for playtime.
All welcome. No booking necessary.

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Library Resources for Ukrainian Families

dlr Libraries would like to send a warm welcome to Ukrainian families arriving in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. We have 8 full time libraries and all are welcome to visit and spend time in our libraries.

Our libraries offer free WiFi , Internet Pcs and study spaces, all you need is a form of ID and you can apply for a library card.

We have purchased some ebooks in Ukrainian which are available to borrow via Overdrive here once you have a library card.

The National Library of Poland have alerted us to some resources for Ukrainian people that they have collated, which include Bilingual Books and books in Ukrainian.

dlr Libraries also have a collection of 'Silent Books", which are picture books without any words so they can be enjoyed by all, regardless of language. For more information on any of the above, contact your local dlr Library.

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New Library Management System

Thank you for your continued patience as we change over to our new and improved system.

Access to your online accounts will be restored over the next few days. Please keep an eye on our social media channels and website for updates.

In the meantime, if you need to contact a member of staff, all of our libraries are open as normal.

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Autism Awareness

Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month, and Sat 2 April 2022 is World Autism Awareness Day?

Throughout the month of April on our social media channels, we will be highlighting some of the services we offer, including the lending of items from our Accessible Services Collection (ASC). 

This collection includes sensory/tactile toys and equipment; tools to help build motor skills and items that may help develop life skills and literacy.
Recent additions to the collection include See and Learn kits to aid literacy skills for those with Down Syndrome, fine motor skills games, sensory toys and LEGO sets.

For enquiries or for information on how to borrow these items, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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School Workshops with Me and The Moon

Tuesdays 5 and 26 April
Online via Zoom
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Join dlr Libraries and Me and The Moon on Zoom for Easter craft workshops exclusively for dlr schools!

Cut and Paste Easter Egg Hunt Collage
Tues 5 April, 10.00am-11.00am
For ages 4-7 yrs

Create a mixed media piece based on an egg hunt. We start by discussing where the egg hunt is – what kind of landscape, hiding spots etc. Then Children will sketch their landscape and cut and hide eggs in the landscape

"Thíos Cois Na Trá" Draw, paint, cut and paste
Tues 26 April, 10.00-11.00am
For ages 4-7 years

Children will create a mixed media piece inspired by  the book ‘Thíos Cois Na Trá’. We will read the book at the start, then talk about what is found by the sea, and then  sketch some ideas.

Mindful Drawing for Spring
Tues 5 and 26 April, 11.30am-12.30pm

For ages 8-12 yrs
Create a mindful drawing piece inspired by ‘Spring’. We will discuss as a group what do you think of when you think of ‘Spring’.  We will show how you can create a mindful drawing from the spring objects, this drawing will explore pattern, line, tone and scale.






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