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What's next for Ballymun Library Baby & Toddler Book Club

Betsy goes to the DoctorLast week, the Baby Book Club read the story 'Who's on the Farm' by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.  The babies learned all about their favourite animal characters from the previous week's story What the Ladybird Heard using large fun flaps as the story was read.  The Farmer In the Dell was sung by the group following the story. Check out Who's on the Farm in the library catalogue.

With winter approaching and colds and flus more common, Betsy Goes to the Doctor by Helen Stephens was a perfect reading choice for the toddlers. In this story, poor Betsy has a sore ear.  Her trip to the Doctor turns out to be far more fun and exciting than she imagined.  She even gets a sticker at the end of the visit!!  This is an ideal story for reassuring little ones who might be nervous about the experience of visiting the Doctor.  We sang Miss Polly Had a Dolly to accompany the story.

Baby and Toddler Book Club November reads

LadybirdBallymun Library's fun book clubs for babies and toddlers aim to foster a love of reading in our youngest borrowers. Last week, the Baby Book Club read the story What the Ladybird Heard which was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks.  This is a brilliant rhyming tale which is perfect for teaching younger readers about animals and animal sounds.  There's an added fun dimension of trying to find the ladybird, the heroine of the story, on every page. We sang Old MacDonald Had a Farm to round off the storytelling session.
What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? which is Illustrated by Annie Kubler was the chosen book read to the toddlers.  This is a funny, finger-puppet story about a wolf who loves to eat at any time of the day.  We sang Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf to accompany the story.

Spooktacular reads at Ballymun Baby & Toddler Book Club

Halloween at Ballymun LibraryThe Baby and Toddler Book Clubs at Ballymun Library hosted Hallowe’en themed story sessions on Tuesday 25 October.  Everyone dressed up for the occasion and had a ‘spooktacular’ time! 

At the baby session, the book Spot’s Spooky Fun by Eric Hill was read.  This is a lovely story where Spot has the difficult task of deciding which costume to dress up in for Hallowe’en.

The toddlers heard the story Usborne Noisy Spooky Book.  This picture book has an attached sound panel which brings an interactive element to the storytelling.  It was a big hit with the toddlers who loved the ghoulish sound effects that accompany the story! The groups learned spooky Hallowe’en rhymes and the children received goody bags.

Baby and Toddler Book Club

Baby with bookIt’s never too early to introduce your child to a love of books.  Dublin City Libraries holds a vast array of books suitable for all ages, even newborns! The Baby & Toddler Book Clubs have been running successfully at Ballymun Library since September 2016.  The aim of the clubs is to encourage a love of books and reading between parents/carers and their children in an informal and relaxed setting. Read on to find out more about these book clubs and see what books they are reading!

What happens at the book clubs?

Computer/Internet Access Affected, Ballymun Library, 21 May

Ballymun LibraryTo facilitate Surfbox printer installation, there is no computer access in Ballymun Library on Thursday, 21st May from 1.00pm. Internet access will be via Wi-Fi only. Our sincere apologies.

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, the Surfbox service allows you to email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. Read more about the Surfbox printing service.

Nancy Matchton Owens reading More than Love

I’m Nancy Matchton Owens and this poem is called "More than Love" and it is a twenty-six years anniversary poem.

Poems by Trish Kennedy

Hi my name is Trish Kennedy and I’m reading for Ballymun Writers’ Group. My first piece is called "Sleep".


I seek a place to sleep at night
On my side, left or right
On my back, on my belly
Even sitting watching telly
No sleeping beauty, no not me
I lie awake until three
Then I sleep until it's light
And somehow I forget the night

Seán Ó Floinn reading The Royal Book Club

My name is by Seán Ó Flóinn and I’m delighted to be a member of this evening’s group. Now I’d like to tell you a little story that I wrote some time ago, it’s entitled "The Royal Book Club". You all remember when The Tudors was very prominently being announced on the television -  I think it’s coming back next month - anyway this is the story and it concerns The Tudors.