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Humans of Dublin - An exhibition

Humans of DublinMay at Dolphin’s Barn Library,  June at Rathmines Library and July at Ballyfermot Library

Photographic Exhibition by Peter Varga. Two years ago, Peter Varga began a photo project that would change the course of his life. Inspired by the success of similar projects internationally, he began to walk the streets of Dublin, interviewing and photographing those
he met along the way. The result is a remarkable series of portraits which capture the vibrancy and diversity of Dublin life.  This important exhibition will, to quote Varga, ‘help you to enjoy discovering more about the ordinary extraordinary people who pass you by
every day’. Peter Varga’s award-winning book of the same name was published by Gill Books in 2016.  Reserve Humans of Dublin from our catalogue.

Upcoming events with the Musician in Residence

Friday 22 June, Saturday 23 June and Thursday 28 June at various times in the Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre.

Ríona Sally Hartman is the new Musician in Residence with Dublin City Council. Ríona will host the following events -

  • Listening Party on Friday 22 June at 1pm: Come along and choose an album from The Music Library collections, or bring along your own, and we’ll listen together and discuss what makes them great. Booking required.
  • Ukulele Taster Session for children of all ages on Saturday 23 June from 3.45pm to 4.45pm: Drop in session for children of all ages to be accompanied by their parents. This event is in conjunction with Cruinniú na nÓg. No Booking required.
  • Ukulele Taster Day for Adults and Young Adults on Thursday 28 June from 12.30pm to 1.15pm and 1.30pm to 2.15pm: Come along and try out the ukulele and learn to play a song together. No previous music or ukulele experience necessary. Booking required.

Stage Presence Workshops with Theatre Lovett

Theatre LovettSaturday 23 June from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm at Pearse Street Library

Join one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for a confidence-boosting introduction to stage presence and the art of standing before an audience of people, pets or even playthings. This is a creative, playful but focused approach to stage presence.
Suitable for children aged 9-12 years.  Booking essential: Contact Pearse St Library to book a place on one of these FREE workshops / 01 6744888. Please state which time you would like to book.

Cruinniú na nÓg at your library

CruinniúCulture and Creativity in Dublin City Public Libraries on Saturday 23 June:

  • Ballyfermot Library -Don’t Walk, Dance! - A day full of dance performances and workshops in creative dance, contemporary irish dance, and hip-hop, led by professional international dancers. Performance / Workshop Time:12:00pm - 13:30pm for ages 4+ | 13:30pm - 14:45pm for ages 7+ | 14:45pm - 16:45pm Hip-hop workshop for ages 7+”.

  • Ballymun Library - Play Today - Imaginative play workshops incorporating interactive performance elements with drama, music, characters and story-telling for children aged 2 - 5 years. Time: 10:30am - 11:15am | 12:00pm - 12:45pm.

  • Ballymun Library -Tales na nÓg - Storytelling workshops, focusing on developing characters and story structure for children aged 6 - 10. Time: 13:00pm - 15:00pm

  • Cabra Library - An Slua Sí Music and Folklore - The history and stories of our landscape told through folklore and traditional music performances inspired by the Irish Folklore Music Commission. Led by sean-nós interpreter and performer Lorcan MacMathúna. For ages 5 to 13+. Time: 12:00pm - 13:30pm

  • Central Library - Coding Workshop - Coding workshop where children aged 7-12 are shown how to create a simple maze game in Scratch. Times:10:00am - 10:40am | 11:00am - 11:40am | 12:00pm - 12:40pm

  • Central Library (Children) - Ukule Taster Session - Children (of all ages) can try out a ukulele and learn to play and sing together with Ríona Sally Hartman, Dublin City Council’s Musician in Residence. Time: 15:45pm - 16:45pm

  • Charleville Mall Library - Book Babies - Nursery rhymes, songs and craft for little ones aged 0-3, hosted by writer Sarah Webb. Times: 10:00am - 10:30am

  • Charleville Mall Library - City Silhouettes on The Canal - Inspired by the urban and canal-side setting of Charleville Mall Library, artist Martina Galvin facilitates two drawing and colour workshops. Times: 10:00am - 11:00am |11.30am - 12:30pm for 4- 8 year olds (must be accompanied by their parent or guardians). 14:00pm - 15:00pm | 15.30pm - 16.30pm for 9-12 year olds

  • Coolock Library - Ceardlann ‘Bí ag Spraoi Liom’ le Sadhbh Devlin. A storytelling session and creative workshop with author Sadhbh Devlin, based on her picturebook Bí ag Spraoi Liom! and inspiring creative thinking in the children participating. Workshop Times: 10:30am - 11:30am for ages 3 to 5 |12:00pm - 13:00pm for ages 6 to 8.

  • Dolphin's Barn Library -3-D Papercraft Workshop for ages 5 to 13 years. Led by facilitator Antanas Kaminas, this creative workshop is for deft-fngered kids to create extraordinary 3-D geometric papercraft models of their favourite animals! Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm for ages 5 - 8 | 14:30pm - 16:30pm for ages 9 to 13.

  • Dolphin's Barn Library -GIANT. Giant is the theme for the day! Children (ages 5 - 13 years) and artists are transforming the library and the garden by asking “What’s it’s like to be giant?” and “Where can we fnd them?” Workshops in the library from 10am. Dress as a giant and bring your picnic to listen to stories in Flanagan’s Field community garden from 1pm.! Time: 10:00am - 16:30pm

  • Donaghmede Library - WO-MU (Words and Music) with Nick Roth, Musician. A workshop that focuses on voice through singing, recitation and vocal sounds.Try your hand at playing simple percussion and keyboard instruments. Through words and music, learn to improvise and engage with text in a new, exciting and sonic way, re-imagining the art of reading and gaining new musical and literary skills. Suitable for children age 5+. Workshop Times: 11.30am – 1.30pm | 14.30pm – 16.30pm

  • Drumcondra Library - RIDICULOUS - A performance of poetry and music, where children aged 8 - 12 can write their own piece of poetry afterwards and decorate the poetry tree in the library. Time:15:00pm - 15:40pm.

  • Finglas Library - Felt Making Workshops. Discover the magical world of felt-making with felt artist Gabi McGrath. Participants are going to use soap, water and sheep`s wool to create a colourful picture to illustrate their favourite story from the library. Suitable for ages 5 - 12. Workshop Times: 10.30am-11.30am | 12.00pm-13.00pm.

  • Inchicore Library - Local History Treasure Hunt. Combining history, geography and local knowledge with Cathy Scuffil. Every picture tells a story and at this fun workshop you'll learn how to uncover these stories for yourself! With a bit of detective work you'll use census records, newspapers and lots more to find out whats really going on in photos from the past. Suitable for ages 8-11. Time: 11:00am - 13:00pm

  • Marino Library -The Jabberwocky - Repeat performances of a dramatization of Lewis Carroll's 'The Jabberwocky‘, drawing on commedia and physical theatre styles. The piece will also include some audience interaction. For ages 6 to 12 years. Performance Times:2:15pm - 2:30pm | 2:45pm - 3:00pm | 3:15pm - 3:30pm | 3:45pm - 4:00pm

  • Pearse Street Library - Stage Presence – A Theatre Lovett Workshop for ages 9-12 with Louis Lovett. Join Louis Lovett for a confdence boosting introduction to stage presence and the art of standing before an audience of people, pets or even playthings. Times: 10:00am - 12:00noon | 14:00pm - 16:00pm

  • Phibsboro Library - RIDICULOUS - A performance of poetry and music, where children aged 8 - 12 can write their own piece of poetry afterwards and decorate the poetry tree in the library. Time: 11:00am - 11:40am

  • Raheny Library - The Glass Garden Photogram Workshop. A camera-less photographic workshop taking inspiration from nature, led by artist Brian Cregan. Workshop Time:10:30am - 12:00noon and 12:30pm - 14:00pm for ages 9-12. |15:00pm - 16:30pm for ages 13+

  • Rathmines Library - Storytelling Session accompanied by live music. A contemporary reinterpretation of Ireland's ancient lore accompanied by live music score with Ruairi OShea and Aoife Kavanagh (Candlelit Tales). Come join Candlelit Tales on a journey through Irish myth and music! Magic, wonder and laughter await. Suitable for ages 4-12. Times: 10:30am to 11:30am

  • Ringsend Library - Shadows of Oz - Theatre-makers Garbo Productions host a Shadow Puppet Workshop for kids age 8 - 11, exploring life-sized shadows, creating shadow puppets, and performing shadow scenes from ‘Wizard of Oz’. Workshop Times: 11:00am - 13:00pm |  14:00pm - 16:00pm.

  • Walkinstown Library - Airdough Modelling Clay Workshop - Join the Artzone team for a creative relief plaque project using Airdough modelling clay. Create your own unique Airdough figure on a colourful background. This super fun project is great for all ages!
    There will be two workshops: the Junior Project workshop is for 5 to 8-year-olds and the Senior Project workshop for 9-12 year olds. Both take place from 14.00pm-16.00pm. No booking required, just drop by!

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: