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Children's Culture Festival will take place from 25th to 30th of April. As always, Reykjavik City Library has a diverse program in its libraries, which we hope that will enhance children's cultural activities throughout the city and increase their interest in culture, providing the festival a platform for children's culture and creativity.

There will be plenty going on in the library’s cultural centres during the junior school half-term winter break from the 19th - 21st of February. Besides attending the many organised events, children are also welcome to come to the library to play cards, dress up, try various puzzles or simply sit down with a book and read.

On World Children’s Day, which is now being held for the 13th time, children and their parents will have the opportunity of taking part in a variety of interesting workshops and enjoying events of many types in the Reykjavík City Library’s branches (cultural centres) all over the city. World Children’s Day is on Saturday, 18 February, at the start of the winter holiday in Reykjavík’s primary schools.

It should not have escaped anyone that Iceland Airwaves music festival is about to begin. All over the city musicians will come together and perform for music enthusiasts. Reykjavik City Library looks forward to the festival, and we hope to see you at the library.   

A Special Edition Dark Deeds Literary Walking Tour, with author Grant Nicol, co-hosted by the New Zealand based Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best Crime Novel! 

The Reykjavík City Library and the Reykjavík School of Visual Arts, together with Nexus host an annual comics competition and exhibition for young people, age 10-20+.

The exhibition will open saturday april 30th, at 15, in the Reykjavík City Library, Tryggvagata 15. At the opening the winners of the competition will be awarded.

As usual the competition is dedicated to a comics caracter, and this year the theme is ‚Poison Ivy – dangerous women‘. 2016 marks the 50 years birthday of the famme fatale and eco-terrorist Poison Ivy, who has since 1966 kept Batman on his toes.

Opening hours during Christmas and New Year

December 23  
Normal opening in all branches

December 24 to 26
All branches closed

December 27
Normal opening in all branches

December 28
Sólheimar and Spöngin closed
Normal opening in other branches

December 29
Normal opening in all branches

December 30
Árbær og Gerðuberg closed
Normal opening in other branches

If you are interested in improving your working conditions, the IWW will have a training in basic Icelandic labour rights on the 25th of October at 14.00 in the Reykjavik city library (ground floor), on Tryggvagata 15.

 The training will be in english.

 The IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) is an international union with a branch in Iceland. We believe in empowering workers by providing knowledge and skills to secure basic rights and wellbeing in the workplace. We believe that workers should be treated with respect and have greater influence over their workplaces.

Yumie Hirano, an official Hiroshima A-bomb Legacy Successor, is coming to Iceland in late September to hold a lecture on the effects of the nuclear bombing of Japan in World War II. Yumie travels the world and passes the experiences of the victims from Hiroshima and explains the horrors of the usage of nuclear weapons. Now she is in Iceland and welcomes anyone who wishes for world peace to meet Mrs. Hirano at the Reykjavik City Library or the University of Iceland.

Yumie Hirano. (Photo: tsuguten)

The Reykjavík City Library hosts free literary walking tours in downtown Reykjavík every Thursday in June, July and August at 3 pm. The walks start from the library's main branch in Tryggvagata 15. Icelandic ghost stories and crime fiction will be introduced at various stops by guides from the library.

This walk suits everyone, as it is at an easy pace. It is a fun way to get to know Icelandic literature and view the settings. The program takes around an hour and a half.

The walk can also be booked for groups throughout the year for a fee of ISK 40.000.