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:

Dracula after Dark

Charleville Mall Library, Friday 25 October 7pm-9.30pm 

An evening of suitably spooky seasonal entertainment and wonder at Dublin'd oldest working public library. Dacre Stoker (great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker) launches Bram Stoker in the North Inner City  written by local historian Hugo McGuinness. Followed by a public interview with Dacre Stoker, hosted by Patrick Bergin.  This will be followed by three talks, starting with Dracula in the Movies by Joe Mooney. Historian in Residence Mary Muldowney  presents Vampires from the East!, lookinng at vampires, myths and ghoulish medical practices.  Hugo McGuinness will close the evening with a talk on Buckingham Street - Gateway to a Gothic Wonderland.  

Children's Book Festival 2019

Childrens Book FestivalCabra Library, Dolphin's Barn Library, Rathmines Library and Walkinstown Library

The national Children’s Book Festival, held every October, helps spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families, authors and illustrators, teachers and librarians all over Ireland.

While the majority of events are for school groups, there are also after-school and mid-term events, which are listed below.

Please contact the individual branches to book a place at a session.

STEMsational Saturdays

STEMsational SaturdaysBallymun, Pearse Street and Walkinstown Libraries, October-November 2019. See below for details.

Prepare to be amazed! STEMsational Saturdays are a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workshops for children, taking place on Saturday afternoons in October and November.

Please contact the individual branches to book a place at a session.

LED Art

StemsnationalWalkinstown Library, Saturday 2 November at 2pm

What happens when Art and Technology collide?

As part of STEMsational Saturdays

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