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Summer in the Libraries

Be a Summer Star!July and August 2017 in Dublin City Public Libraries.

To complement the Summer Stars reading initiative, Dublin City Libraries are delighted to present a fun packed programme of events and activities again this summer. Enjoy storytelling, music, theatre, puppets shows, craft workshops and much more that will appeal to children of all ages. Selected highlights include Sensational Space workshops with Rediscovery Centre and Astronomy Shows with Junior Einstein Science Club where children will learn about stars of a different kind – everything from junior astronaut training to rocket launching!

For those creative bookworms, many branches are hosting book themed arts and crafts sessions. Classic favourites including The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Esio Trot by Roald Dahl and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak will inspire lots of creative ideas and crafts. 

Theatre Lovett presents The Forgotten Words

Forgotten Words

  • Tuesday 22 August at 12pm and 2pm in Coolock Library. (Booked out - apologies)
  • Wednesday 23 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Ballyfermot Library.
  • Thursday 24 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Ballymun Library.
  • Friday 25 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Pearse Street Library.
  • Saturday 26 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm in Raheny Library.

Storytelling Performance based on The Book of Memory Gaps by Cecilia Ruiz. Performed by: John Doran. Inside your local library an unexpected visitor has arrived. He is not sure why he is here and he is slightly discombobulated. He also can’t remember what ‘discombobulated’ means! If you visit your library you might see him and perhaps hear his story, that is, if he can remember it…

The events are free. They are suitable for children aged 4 to 6 years. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential at the relevant library. Performance Duration: 40 mins. These performances are in association with Dublin City Arts Office, Children's Art in Libraries Programme.

Exhibitions on display for August 2017

Books in LifeExhibitions will be displayed in Ballyfermot, Cabra, Central, Coolock, Finglas, Inchicore Library and Raheny Libraries

Ballyfermot Library - “The Fast and the Fancy” Pigeon Fancier’s photo exhibition
Ballyfermot Library - Palmerstown Camera Club photo exhibition
Cabra Library - Jonathan Swift & Dublin : 350th Anniversary of his birth
Central Library - Dublin Remembers: Stories from the Somme
Coolock Library - Judging by the Cover - an Illustrator Ireland Exhibit
Dublin City Library and Archive - Aisling Ghéar – the Irish language theatre company in NI retrospective
Finglas Library - "Hands" a Photographic Exhibition, Finglas Photo Group
Inchicore Library - Books in Life - a photographic exhibition
Raheny Library - HSE Dublin North City Rehab Team Art Exhibition  

A very special book display in Rathmines Library - Notes From Underground – Books from the Rathmines Library Basement

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.

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:

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)


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:

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:

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.