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  • BEALTAINE 2016Dublin City Public Libraries presents

    celebrating creativity as we age

    Brought to you by Age & Opportunity

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    Bealtaine Festival 2016







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    In our rich tradition, Bealtaine has traditionally been

    a time for growth, marking the end of winter and the

    beginning of summer.

    Each year during May, Dublin City Public Libraries

    celebrates Bealtaine, the national festival to

    celebrate creativity as we age and this year we

    invite you to come into any of our twenty libraries

    throughout the City and experience something new!

    Be inspired by whats on your doorstep at Cabra

    Library with artist Claire Halpin. Sing your Cares

    Away in the Central library or marvel at the After 16

    film series. Being creative is about doing, so why not

    make a silk screen picture or learn how to make

    and decorate cards. Those with or without green

    fingers may like to find out the secret to having an

    edible garden at Ringsend and Terenure libraries.

    While theres plenty to do, you can also check out

    the diverse collections in your branch library. Join

    up for free membership if you are not already a

    member. You might even be tempted by the titles

    on this years International DUBLIN Literary Award

    Shortlist. The winner will be announced on Thursday

    9th June. Our libraries now offer e-books and

    e-magazines and you can now master a language

    from your phone.

    This May, spend a little time on yourself. Between

    books, exhibitions and events, you will be so busy

    exploring your library, you wont have a minute for

    anything else.

    Theres plenty on offer, and its all free, so open your

    window to let spring come in and open your mind to

    something new. It will do you a world of good!

    margaret hayes

    Dublin City Librarian










    Bealtaine Festival 2016

    Admission is free to all events;

    Booking advised at the relevant library.

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    Bealtaine Festival 2016

    Craft Workshops with Ann McFadden


    10.30am, Thursday 12 May, Ballymun Library

    An introduction to the gentle and relaxing art of

    painting on silk. Its easy, its fun and the results

    are amazing!! You will learn how to paint a silk

    handkerchief and no experience is required.

    3D DCouPAgE

    10.30am, Tuesday 24 May, Phibsboro Library

    Learn how to make beautiful and distinctive cards;

    materials are provided all you need is a little

    patience and a lot imagination.


    10.30am, Tuesday 17 May, Ballyfermot Library

    Make a small collage using a variety of materials,

    such as embellished papers, stickers, fabric ribbons

    etc. Be amazed at the results and how easy it is to

    create a unique piece of craft work.



    10.30am, Wednesday 18 May, Coolock Library

    A demonstration of two distinct craft skills. Learn to

    make fabric collages and how to emboss on velvet

    to create contemporary patchwork pieces and

    produce cards, cushions and items of clothing.

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    how to felt a beautiful Picture in Wool and Silk

    10.30am, Thursday 26 May, Walkinstown Library

    Textile artist Miriam Brady demonstrates easy to

    learn felt making techniques. Work with wool and

    silk materials to create your own picture ready

    for framing. Suitable for beginners, no previous

    experience necessary. Places limited.

    knitting Taster Session

    3pm, Thursday 19 May, Inchicore Library

    Join members of the library knitting group for an

    open taster session to knit, chat and knit some

    more! Members will demonstrate introductory

    knitting skills. Welcome to everyone from beginners

    to experts.

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    Bealtaine Festival 2016

    get Writing! Creative Writing Workshops

    11am, Thursday 19 & 26 May, Ballymun Library

    Based on the theme Dublin in the Coming Times,

    these workshops will help you get started and gain

    more confidence in putting pen to paper.

    Everyone has a story to tell! Working with

    experienced facilitators you soon be filling the page

    with your own unique stories about Dublin and what

    it might become. The workshops will be fun and

    relaxed and are designed to be enjoyable.

    Participants will be encouraged to continue writing

    and expressing themselves the workshops are just

    the beginning!

    This is a 2-part workshop series in partnership with

    Fighting Words. Participants wishing to attend must

    sign up for both sessions.



    Classic film Club

    2pm, Tuesday 10 & 17 May and also 2pm,

    Wednesday 11 & 18 May, Pearse Street Library

    To celebrate Bealtaine, Pearse Street Library will

    screen four classic films exploring the experience

    of growing older. This common theme is played out

    with wit and wisdom in these timeless drama films.

    Light refreshments from 1.30pm with film screening

    at 2.00pm sharp. Check with library for film details.

    providing free tutoring in creative writing for students of all ages in Ireland. www.fightingwords.ie

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    Bealtaine Festival 2016

    After 16 film Series

    Bord Scannn na hEireann / the Irish Film Board

    is delighted to present its collection of After 16

    short films. After 16 is a once off short film initiative

    specially commissioned to commemorate and

    celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a

    period in Irish history which forged the landscape of

    the century that followed.

    The nine short films that make up the collection are

    a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events

    of 1916. The stories told are a mixture of live action

    drama, animation and documentary.

    Bord Scannn na hEireann / the Irish Film Board is

    the national development agency for Irish filmmaking

    and the Irish film, television and animation industry.

    A Terrible HullabalooMy Life for Ireland

    VIeWIng SCheduLe

    5.30pm, Thursday 5 May, Raheny Library

    5pm, Tuesday 10 & 17 May, Ballyfermot Library

    6.30pm, Wednesday 11 & 18 May, Inchicore Library

    6.30pm, Wednesday 18 May, Rathmines Library

    6.30pm, Wednesday 18 May, Finglas Library

    6.15pm, Wednesday 18 May, Terenure Library

    6pm, Wednesday 18 & 25 May, Coolock Library

    2pm, Saturday 21 May, Cabra Library

    10.45am, Wednesday 25 May, Charleville Mall Library


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    Lunchtime Concert with Florence Chong, Soprano and Seho Lee, Pianist

    1pm, Thursday 12 May, Music Library,

    Central Library, Ilac Centre

    Malaysian soprano, Florence Khei Kuan Chong

    is currently a student of the Royal Irish Academy

    of Music in Dublin where she studies voice with

    Virginia Kerr. She has actively participated in

    competitions and music festivals in Ireland and

    has won numerous awards, including the Newpark

    Music Festival Ruth Beare Perpetual Cup (First Prize,

    2015), the Margaret Dillon Prize (First Prize, 2015),

    and the Sligo Feis Ceoil Cup for Songs by Italian

    Composers (Second Prize, 2015).

    South Korean pianist, Seho Lee has been Inaugural

    Accompaniment Teaching Fellow and International

    Relations Representative at the Royal Irish Academy

    of Music since 2014. He combines this role with that

    of Principal Pianist and Repetiteur at Vivre Musicale

    in Dublin, Assistant Director at Jackdaws Opera

    Young Artist Programme and the Live Music Now

    Artist in the UK. Their programme includes works by

    Haydn, Mozart, Debussy and others.

    T: 8734333 ext 5 or e: musiclibrary@dublincity.ie

    Admission Free. Places are limited and booking

    is essential.


    Florence Khei Kuan Chong

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    Calling all music Enthusiasts!

    Afternoons in May, Music Library, ILAC Centre

    What type of music do you like Classical, Folk,

    Jazz, World?

    At the click of a mouse you can now listen to your

    favourite pieces on demand or find out about your

    favourite composer. Naxos Online Music Library

    will allow you to do just that. Why not book a Taster

    Session in the Music Library, ILAC Centre any

    afternoon in May and the Music Library staff will

    show you just how easy it really is.

    To book a place and for further information:

    T. 873 4333 ext 5 or e. musiclibrary@dublincity.ie

    Bodhrn Beats Beginners Workshop

    12pm, Thursday 5 May, Ballyfermot Library

    2.30pm,Thursday 5 May, donaghmede Library

    Ever wanted to learn to play a traditional music


    Bodhrn Beats workshops are fun, educational

    and collaborative.

    Master musician Robert O Connor from Tempo

    Music School will guide each participant through the

    learning experience culminating in a fantastic

    live performance.

    During the workshop each participant will learn how

    to accompany live Irish music. Participant