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Heather Gray, Artist in Rathmines Library

Monday 22 October at 6pm and Wednesday 31 October at 2pm in Rathmines Library

Rathmines Library are delighted to have Heather Gray host two workshops in the library. Heather is artist and art workshop facilitator. Her passion is art, drawing, ink painting and comic books!

  • Art and Mindfulness: Chinese Painting Workshop for adults - Monday 22 October at 6pm. Booking is required as places are limited.
  • Make a Halloween Comic Workshop for children aged 11- 16 years. Wednesday 31 October from 2pm to 4pm. Booking is required as places are limited

Claphandies Playlab in Ballymun Library

ClaphandiesTuesday 30 October from 11am to 12.45pm in Ballymun Library

Music, play and other fun developmental activities with Claphandies. The playlabs are free. Booking is essential.

  • Claphandies Playlab for Babies and  Wobblers from 11.00am to 11.45am. Suitable for children aged 1 to 2 years
  • Claphandies Playlab for Toddlers from 12.00pm to 12.45pm approximately. Suitable for children aged 2 years to preschool

Dánta Dánta

 Dánta DánaTuesday 30 October at 2.30pm in Pearse Street Library

Is léiriú beo Dánta Dána de na véarsaí agus na hamhráin, nua agus sean, is ansa linn, i nGaeilge, do dhaoine óga idir a cúig agus a deich mbliain d'aois. Mairfidh an seó 35 nóiméad agus cuirfear i láthair é ag Sinead Murphy agus Darina Gallagher i Leabharlannaí Poiblí Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath mar chuid de Bhliain na Gaeilge 2018.

Dánta Dána is a performance of new and well-loved poetry and song in Irish for children aged 5-10 years and their families. This 35-minute show is performed with high energy and visual fun by Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher, presented by Dublin City Public Libraries as part of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018.

Halloween in the Libraries

HalloweenVarious days, dates and time during October mid-term break. So watch this space

  • Ballyfermot Library - Scary Bear Halloween Storytelling & fun for children under 7 years. Wednesday 31 October at 3pm.
  • Dolphin's Barn Library - Halloween accessory/decoration. Wednesday 31 October throughout the day.
  • Donaghmede Library - Halloween Arts & Crafts Workshop for children aged 5 to 8 years - Tuesday 30 October at 2pm. Free event. Booking required.
  • Raheny Library - Scary Stories and Grisly Games for ages 3-7. Wednesday 31 October at 3pm Booking Essential
  • Walkinstown Library celebrates Crumlin/Walkinstown Halloween Festival with the below events -
  1. Mask making and Halloween Accessories with Recreate. Suitable for 7-12 yrs on  Tuesday 30 October from 3pm to 4.30pm
  2. Spooky Storytime with Helene and Ben. Suitable for toddlers up to 6 years on Wednesday 31 October at 2.30pm
  3. Scary Movie Show for 6 to 12 year olds on Wednesday 31 October from 3.30pm to 5.30pm

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:

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 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.


storytimeStorytelling for children takes place in seven branch libraries (Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Cabra, Central, 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 E.

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: