It’s time again, for the “wearin’ o the green” as Ireland’s national festival comes to Dublin this weekend, March 17 & 18.  And yes, it does look like rain is forecast at least through Saturday and possibly Sunday, but don’t let it stop you from coming over to the Civic Center and enjoying all the festivities.  Food, drink, music, carnival, art vendors and the Irish Tea Cottage will all be here for your enjoyment, including an opportunity to kiss the blarney stone. You can get all the details from the city’s website  or the facebook page for St. Patrick’s Day.

How does it affect the library?  The Library is open for normal operating hours during the festival.  This includes Saturday, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Access to the library is from festival parking areas on Sierra Court and Clark Avenue. For your convenience, due dates on materials have been moved up to Monday, March 19.  The City will also set up a mobile book drop in the parking lot at the Sports Grounds, to make quick drop off more convenient. A volunteer with the City will accept your returns and deliver them to the Library that same day.

Starting tomorrow, March 14, portions of the parking lot will begin to close to allow for setup of the carnival and food vendors. By Friday, the entire parking lot will be closed off except for a few spaces close to City Hall.   The parking lot will remain closed throughout the weekend.