Be Long | Bí Ann - An invitation from your local city libraries!

By axisdirector
Monday, 13th December 2021
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Be Long | Bí Ann

axis Ballymun is excited to join forces with Dublin City Libraries and Dublin Culture Company to celebrate our local library communities this January 2022! 

An invitation from your local city libraries to explore together through art, culture, literature, music and much more this spring!

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Brought to you by Dublin City Libraries and axis Ballymun, this multi-platform project is a celebration and a recognition of the city libraries and throughout the pandemic, we re-discovered the power of literature, music, art and culture as sources of entertainment and wellbeing. This project champions Dublin City Libraries as physical and digital spaces of learning, wellbeing and creativity. 

BeLong | Bí Ann is an invitation to regular library users to re-engage with - and to non-users to explore - their local libraries, via podcast, online talks, live events, literature and animation.

Launching Monday 10th January and championing a myriad of disciplines and interests, shared through various media, we’ll be welcoming guests -  such as  Manchán Magan (author, filmmaker), Collie Ennis (biodiversity expert), Liz Nugent (author), Dermot Bolger (author), Oein de Bharduin (author), Chandrika Narayanan Mohan (poet and performer) and Sharyn Ward (musician) - along with many more to be announced soon.

The four main aspects of the project will unfold via podcast, animation, online conversation and printed materials. They will roll out online across all partner websites and social media channels.


A series of live conversations and performances with artists and guests, featuring each of the 21 branches ofDublin City Libraries. The guests and artists will chat about their relationship with their local libraries, through the lens of arts and culture, highlighting the impact these public spaces have had on their lives and wellbeing. Each podcast episode will feature events from the libraries, and will follow general themes - offering something for fans of music, history, visual art, poetry, literature, nature and more!


Animations and illustrations inspired by children’s thoughts and opinions of their local libraries. This fun, visual celebration of the project will be released online every Wednesday throughout the BeLong | BíAnn programme of events. 


Dublin City Libraries Recommends! Based on suggestions from Dublin City Librarians, we have gathered a reading and watch list of books, films and audiobooks available in Dublin City Libraries. The public will be invited to vote for their favourites, join lunchtime conversations and share their own recommendations. 


Did you know that joining the library is completely free? Did you know that you can access online courses in 70 languages? Or learn about your family history? Did you know that you can rent musical instruments, or kits to track your energy usage? We’ve gathered 40 FUN FACTS about Dublin City Libraries. Sharing them online, on printed bookmarks and large banners outside certain libraries, throughout the month of celebrations. 


BeLong | BíAnn will take place online across all partner websites and social media accounts. For all festival content see:

People can engage with the project and it’s variety of events on or and all their corresponding social media channels. 

You can join the conversation online and share your thoughts and sentiments using #BeLongBíAnn or tagging either axis Ballymun (@axisballymun) or Dublin City Libraries (Twitter: @dubcilib Facebook/Instagram: @dublincitylibraries) on social media. 



Dublin City Libraries

Axis Ballymun




Funded by the Government of Ireland via the Dormant Accounts Fund 


For more info on this exciting celebration of libraries please see team info below:


Sorcha Keane - axis Ballymun,


Kate O’Neill - axis Ballymun,

Dublin City Libraries:

Angela Cassidy -

Ciara Dardis -