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, Coolock 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:

Open House: Free drawing workshop for children (8 – 14 years)

Open HouseSaturday 14 October from 2.30pm - 4pm at Dublin City Library & Archive

How do you begin to draw what you see?

Using the canvas of Dublin City Library & Archive, Dublin City Council architects will share their tips on how they draw buildings.

Children will explore this building full of character and be inspired to draw aspects they find interesting.

The session will then end with a grand exposition of drawings. Part of Open House Dublin, 13-15 October 2017.

Playlabs for Young Children

PlaylabsTuesday 19 September at Ballymun Library

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.

National Museum of Ireland - if things could talk

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+.

The workshop is free. Booking is required.

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

Jacobs' Fig Rolls8 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)

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.