There are children's book clubs in branch libraries across the city, namely Ballymun,Ballyfermot, Cabra, Coolock, Donaghmede, Pembroke (Ballsbridge), Raheny and Walkinstown libraries. Dates and times listed below may vary so it is advisable to check with the library in advance if wanting to participate in a Book Club.
The members of most clubs choose a book to read and get together every 3-4 weeks to discuss it. The library provides the books of course. Library staff often research the authors and books as a background to the discussion. Some clubs offer members the chance to come along and talk about the book they are reading currently - these clubs can take place more often as there is no set book to read.
Storytelling for children takes place in seven branch libraries (Ballyfermot, Cabra, Central, Inchicore, Finglas, Marino, Pearse Street & Pembroke) on a regular basis. Days and times can vary so it is advisable to check with the relevant library in advance. Details are as follows:
Claphandies will host playlabs for younger children in Ballymun Library. The playlabs will incorporate songs, stories and play activities aimed at different age groups. These playlabs will run instead of the usual book clubs that morning and prior booking is required.
Claphandies Baby Playlab: Tuesday 19th September from 10am to 10.45am. For babies aged 3 months up to 1 year old.
Claphandies Wobbler Playlab: Tuesday 19th September from 11am to 11.45am. For babies aged 1 to 2 years. (Apologies, fully booked)
Claphandies Wobbler Playlab: Tuesday 19th September from 12pm to 12.45pm. For children aged 2 years to preschool.
Wednesday 4 October at 3pm in Ballymun Library. Thursday 12 October at 3.30pm in Ballyfermot Library.
Take on the role of the curator and look for evidence and meanings in objects! The workshop uses objects from the National Museum’s collection for handling, allowing families to discover curious objects through observation and discussion. Gather information about the objects as a curator would, by looking at physical features, design, condition and raw materials. An intergenerational workshop suitable for families with children aged 7+.
8 September to 28 October at Dublin City Library and Archive
Drawing on the vast Jacob Biscuit Factory Archive held at Dublin City Library and Archive, this major exhibition explores all aspects of the factory’s twentieth century history and its impact on lives of Dubliners. Colourful panels demonstrate the history of the factory, the workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life. Find out the fascinating history of the Jacobs cream-cracker, who was the marketing genius to develop the concept of Jim Figgerty, and how did major national and international events from World Wars to 1916 Rising impact the business, customers, and staff. See also: Remembering Life in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory on 30 September and From Bishop Street to Buenos Aires: Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, Dublin a talk by curator Wendy Williams on 5 October.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm (8 September - 28 October 2017)