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 E.

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, 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.

Check out 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:


storytimeStorytelling 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:

Children's Christmas in the Libraries

Monday 4 December at 3pm in Raheny Library

  • It's a Gruffalo Christmas Party with arts, crafts, storytelling and a film screening of The Gruffalo. Suitable for children aged 4 to 7 years. All are welcome. Booking is essential. Event will be approx 90 minutes long.
  • Christmas Writing competition - Imagine you took Santa’s job this year.  How would you handle your magic voyage around the world?  Write what you would do on the entry form and hand it in to Raheny Library.   Suitable for children up to the age of 12 years. Entry froms are available from Raheny Library children's desk. The closing date for submission is Friday 15 December.

Science Week in the Libraries

Science WeekRunning from 12th – 19th November, Dublin City Public Libraries presents an extensive programme to include hands-on activities and workshops, demonstrations and presentations from science centres and performers.

Science Week Ireland comes of age as it celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2017.The festival highlights how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) touches every aspect of our daily lives, from the clothes we wear, to our mobile devices that we are rarely without; from the water that comes from our taps, to the sporting heroes that we cheer for. Dublin’s energy agency Codema and SEAI will provide information on how to make your home warmer and cosier for the winter with practical advice on how to cut down on your energy bills! Organisations including Rediscovery Centre, Junior Einstein’s Science Club and Bricks 4 Kidz will host a series of fun learning workshops for children on climate change, energy, forces, space and electricity.

Energy Saving Workshops -Demonstrations of award winning Home Energy Saving Kit, in partnership with CODEMA, Dublin’s Energy Agency and SEAI. Receive expert energy advice on all areas of energy saving in the home, such as : Understanding your energy bills, Heating, Insulation and upgrades, Electrical appliances, Grants available.  Booking is recommended

  • Raheny Library on Monday 13 November at 6.30pm
  • Cabra Library on Wednesday 15 November at 6.30pm
  • Rathmines Library on Thursday 16 November at 6.30pm

Contact | RahenyCabra | Rathmines libraries

Early Years Art Workshops

art workshopTuesday 10, 24 October, 7, 21 November, 5 December at 11.30am in Coolock Library

The Arts Office in association with Preparing for Life and Coolock Library present a series of free art workshops for children aged 3-5 years. 
Please note: Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

Jacobs' Fig Rolls8 September to 8 November 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. 

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm (8 September - 8 November 2017)

This exhibition is developed by Dublin City Archives and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations.

Guided tours of the exhibition are also available on Tuesday mornings for the duration of the exhibition. By special request, we have organised an extra guided tour on Saturday 4 November at 3pm.