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Welcome to the February E-News
Healing through Remembering

We're taking part in this special exhibition 'Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict'. 
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Exhibitions »

Discover your National Library: Particles of the Past »

Yeats »

Small Lives »

Tours »
Watch our Events Online
NLI launches video archive
We're delighted to announce that you can now watch NLI events online. Browse through dozens of wonderful events held here over the years, from Library Late to Summer's Wreath to History Ireland Hedge Schools. We'll be uploading more recordings over the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled! Watch now » Edna O'Brien interviewed by Kay Sheehy - Library Late 2005
Creative Writing Classes
Starting Saturday 18 February and Monday 20 February
Café Joly is the venue for Yvonne Cullen’s new “literary café” -style creative writing classes and workshops. She is now taking bookings for her next series of Saturday Writing Workshops which will provide developing writers with support, feedback and guidance. In addition, Yvonne will offer an energising ‘Start to Write’ course at a reduced rate. Read More » Cafe Joly
Second Friday
Beginning Friday, 10 February from 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Second Friday will be held on the second Friday of each month. Visitors to Café Joly can look forward to evenings of informal talks, new writers showcasing excerpts from their work, music and poetry readings, all complemented with good food and wine. The first event will feature jazz by the Louis Stewart Trio as well as readings by recently published authors.

All welcome. No booking required. 
Second Friday
'It's not the Past that Matters, it's the Way you See it':                      Childhood, Ireland, and Children's Fiction
Wednesday, 15 February at 7.00pm
Since it was launched in August 2011, the Small Lives exhibition in Temple Bar (which showcases the lives of Irish children from 1880 to 1970) has captured the public imagination. Now we're thrilled to announce a special lecture series to accompany the exhibition. The first lecture will be delivered by Dr Pádraic Whyte, Assistant Professor of English, Trinity College Dublin.

All welcome. No booking required.
Small Lives
Mid-term Family Workshop
Thursday 16 February at 2.00pm
Join us for an afternoon of storytelling and artwork.

All ages welcome. No booking required. 
Story-telling Workshop
'Learn how to use the NLI' Workshop
in association with Adult Learners' Festival 2012
Monday 20 February - Friday 24 February
Ever wondered how to use the NLI?

Join us at this free workshop every day this week where we will show you how to get a Reader’s Ticket; how to search the catalogues; how to order materials and much more.

All welcome. No booking required.
Adult Learners' Festival 2012
George Petrie: Artist and Antiquarian
'Particles of the Past' Lecture Series
Wednesday, 29 February at 7.00pm
This February, to celebrate Dublin City of Science 2012, Phase Four of the Discover your National Library exhibition, entitled Particles of the Past will showcase a fascinating selection of science-related gems from our collections.

As part of the lecture series accompanying the exhibition, Peter Murray, Director of the Crawford Gallery will give a lecture on the antiquarian George Petrie, known as ‘the father of Irish archaeology’.

All welcome. No booking required.  
About the exhibition »
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Always Judge a Book by its Cover
By Elodie Leveque and Louise O’Connor, Conservation Department
Conservators love knowing how a book was put together, and recently, we had the opportunity to examine a very interesting item. Despite being in good condition, the book needed some minor conservation treatment. But first, by closely examining the binding and the inner structure normally hidden from our eyes, an interesting story unfolded… 
Unfold the story »
The pasteboards were made of old book pages
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