Meet the Librarian

At the helm of every library are the wonderful librarians who ensure that each building is a welcoming place with opportunities for learning, wonderment and joy. A happy side-effect of a librarian’s job is that they have an incredible depth of knowledge of books and of all the great things happening in their community. We wanted to hear more about what they do…

This Month

Kevin Street Library Children s Section

Gill Keyes

From Kevin Street Library

As a librarian with Dublin City Council I am excited to be part of the team charged with ensuring that Kevin Street Library continues its proud 100 year history of serving the local community.

Gill Keyes, Kevin Street Library

Tell us a little about your role with Dublin City Libraries and the kind of things that you do

As a librarian with Dublin City Council I am excited to be part of the team charged with ensuring that Kevin Street Library continues its proud 100 year history of serving the local community. I strive to make the library a welcoming and friendly, safe place for people to come to access the facilities, e-resources and information they are seeking for education, for work, or for pleasure.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Wednesday mornings when staff put on a great toddler story time. The little wobblers are hilarious and turn the junior library into a very happy zoo.

Tell us about the library where you work. What are you most proud of?

I'm proud that we have so many young people coming in who feel comfortable enough to talk to us, ask us for help and enjoy the library.

What is currently on in your library (exhibitions, talks, events)?

Currently, for adults we have two book clubs and two creative writing groups meeting in the library every month and are very welcoming to new members. For teenagers we have a book-to-film club. For toddlers and young children we have weekly story-time sessions which are always fun.

What is planned for the future (exhibitions, talks, events)?

We have a variety of upcoming events for all age groups - for example: as part of the Indian film festival we will be showing four films over two days, celebrating Indian culture. We'll be running a computer training course for beginners called "Getting Citizens Online". We are hosting a talk by the staff of Dublin Zoo as part of the Dublin City Volunteer Centre's programme.

Tell us something about your library that might surprise us.

We have a ballet dancing penguin and a SLIDE!


What was your favourite book as a child?

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.

What are you reading right now?

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.

I'm a slow reader! I've tried to read faster but I just don't get as much from a book when I go speedily.

Library opening hours

Monday and Wednesday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 1.00pm - 8.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 10.00am - 1.00pm, 1.45pm - 5.00pm (closed for lunch Fri. & Sat.)

Getting to the Library

Kevin Street Library is approximately two minutes walk from the junction of Harcourt Street and St. Stephen's Green. Heading for Kevin Street Garda Station, the entrance to the library is reached just before the DIT College.

Bus: 16, 27, 49, 56a, 77a, 65, 65b, 83, 150.
LUAS:
St Stephen's Green (Green Line) five minutes walk to the Library.
Dublin Bikes:
Kevin Street (station no. 71)

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