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Spring Programme 2017

Spring  Programme 2017 The new year brings new possibilities to explore using your council’s public library service. Why not visit your local library, join up or dig out your old membership card and find a limitless choice of services and programmes in an instant. Highlights from our Spring Programme include Citywide reading programme for children, Dublin: One City, One Book, our Career Directions Programme, Terence Davies in conversation with Roddy Doyle.

The Ruben Centre, Kenya - an exhibition

The Ruben CentreFebruary in Dolphin's Barn Library

The Ruben Centre exhibition consists of 27 beautifully shot photographs depicting 2 areas in Kenya which are in receipt of development aid from the Edmund Rice Development (ERD). The aim is to empower children and young adults to advocate for themselves on issues like children's rights, economic, social and cultural rights, rights based approach to poverty, discrimination and marginalisation of groups bearing the brunt of inequitable development.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na GaeilgeVarious dates in March in Dublin City Public Libraries.

Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl in Éirinn agus in go leor tíortha eile gach bliain.

Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries. To celebrate this festival, Dublin City Public Libraries are hosting a number for events -

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Minecraft Architectural Workshop

MinecraftSaturday 25 March from 3.00pm to 4.30pm in the Central Library. Apologies. This event is now fully booked

The new City Library on Parnell Square will have a space for everyone - but what will your space look like? Using the creative mode in Minecraft Edu, the only limit is your imagination. With Sabine McKenna, digital educator, we’ll begin to explore interior architecture and engineering in this workshop.

Book Clubs for Children

The New PolicemanThere are children's book clubs in seven branch libraries across the city, namely 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 two branch libraries (Ballymun, Coolock); 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, 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:

Romanian Mother and Children Group

Mother and childRomanian Mother and Children Group meeting on Saturday 4 and 18 February 3.00pm - 4.30pm at Rathmines Library.

Upcoming dates: Saturdays 4 and 11 March, 1 and 22 April, 6 and 20 May

All are welcome. Further details, please contact 087 1376286

Rathmines Library Tel. 01 497 3539 E.