Children

Storytelling

storytimeStorytelling for children takes place in eight branch libraries (Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Cabra, Central, Donaghamede, Inchicore, 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:

Children's Creative Writing Group

PencilLast Wednesday of the month from 5pm - 6pm in Raheny Library

Children's creative writing group for 9-12 year olds.

Please note: the group is currently fully booked but Raheny Library are taking names for a waiting list, T. 01 8315521 E. Rahenylibrary@dublincity.ie

Japanese Language and Culture Group at Ballymun Library

Japanese traditional dressJapanese Language and Culture Group, Ballymun Library, meet once a month.  Adults whose first language is Japanese teach children about traditional Japanese culture through the medium of Japanese. 

Dates vary, check with Ballymun Library in advance, Tel. 01 842 1890

(Note: Group does not meet in August)

Book Clubs for Children

The New PolicemanThere are children's book clubs in branch libraries across the city, namely Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Cabra, Coolock, Donaghmede, Finglas, Pembroke (Ballsbridge), Raheny, Rathmines 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.

Looking for reading inspiration? Check out Who Next...? A guide to children's books and recommended children's books on our library blog.

Toddler Groups

Toddler groupToddler groups operate in 14 branch libraries; days/times vary and it might be advisable to check with the relevant library in advance. Details are as follows:

Parent and Child Language Groups

Parent and Child Language Groups operate in Ballymun and Rathmines Libraries; days/times vary and it might be advisable to check with the relevant library in advance. Details are as follows:

Chinese New Year Children's Stories and Crafts

Rathmines Library, Saturday 25 January at 3pm 

A special themed storytelling and crafts event for children to celebrate Chinsese New Year. Suitable for children age 5-12 years. This year Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Rat.

What in the World?

Kevin Street Library, 16-31 January  

The exhibition What in the World?  50 countries in 50 stories, is taken from the RTE Television series of the same name. The exhibition features compelling human rights stories using still photographs, quotations from people featured in the films along with a montage of footage from the series. The issues highlighted reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals which were co-facilitated by Ireland as a path to a more sustainable future. 

Coding for Scratch

Dolphin's Barn Library, Saturday 1 February at 2.30pm

Create a mini game using Scratch, a child-friendly coding platform. Workshop suitable for children age 7 - 9 years old. Part of STEMsational Saturdays at Your Library series.

The Elevator

Dolphin's Barn Library, Saturday 28 March at 2pm

What does a mechanical engineer do? Use LEGO to discover the answer. Workshop suitable for children age 8+. Part of STEMsational Saturdays at Your Library series.

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