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Around the Table Exhibition

Around the TableJanuary in Raheny Library

Around the Table, a Dublin Culture Connects project about food in Dublin connected with communities old and new across Dublin’s historic Central Area. An exhibition of photographs, taken by artist Jeanette Lowe over a five-month period as part of Dublin’s Culture Connects: National Neighbourhood, will be on view in the Central Library (Ilac Centre) until the end of June. This project worked collaboratively with communities, artists and The National Library of Ireland tracing the passage of food from the docks to the markets and from our streets to our tables.

The images on display reflect strong communities built on camaraderie and loyalty forged through work, through shared interests and passions, through family ties and through networks of support. They reflect the life generated by the food we buy, cook and share moving through the city.

Exhibitions on Display in January

ExhibitionExhibitions will be displayed in Cabra, Coolock, Finglas, Inchicore, Raheny and Dublin City Library & Archive.

  • Cabra Library - The Spirit of San Jose
  • Coolock Library - History of Coolock Exhibition
  • Dublin City Library & Archive -Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin (January and February)
  • Finglas Library - Befrienders Photography Exhibition (until 13 Feb)
  • Finglas Library - Finglas Camera Club Photography Exhibition
  • Inchicore - Children's Art Competition Display
  • Raheny Library - A Tradition of Service: A History of Merville Dairies

Sounding the Heart: yoga, sound and chant

Monday 29 January at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library. Apologies, fully booked.

Sounding the Heart :  Yoga, sound and chant in presented by Eleanor Dawson who first worked with music, both as a flute-player and teacher before training as a yoga teacher and therapist. She has developed a workshop combining sound with yoga practice, drawing on the rich philosophical teachings of yoga. The workshop will be exploratory and playful – a mixture of sound, movement, chant and improvisation.   
The event is free. Booking is essential

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

Jacobs' Fig RollsDecember 2017 to March 2018 at The Vaults at City Hall

Drawing on the vast Jacob Biscuit Factory Archive held at Dublin City Library and Archive, this major exhibition explores all aspects of the factory’s twentieth century history and its impact on lives of Dubliners. Colourful panels demonstrate the history of the factory, the workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life. Find out the fascinating history of the Jacobs cream-cracker, who was the marketing genius to develop the concept of Jim Figgerty, and how did major national and international events from World Wars to 1916 Rising impact the business, customers, and staff. 

Exhibition opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 -17.15. Closed for Christmas period 22nd December until 3rd January 2018

This exhibition is developed by Dublin City Archives and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations.

Parent and Toddler Yoga & Yoga Storytelling

Healthy Ireland31 January, 8, 22 Feb and 14 March at Coolock, Ballymun, Charleville Mall and Pearse St Libraries

Facilitated by Nicola from Yo-Yo Yoga. Join in a range of yoga experiences that will enhance the joy of storytelling in a variety of creative ways. A yoga story telling session is the use of books as the main prop to facilitate a yoga session, incorporating music, nursery rhymes, storybooks, storytelling and movement. The Toddler sessions take place with parents and suitable for children 2-4 years.

  • Coolock Library Wednesday 31 January at 10.30am
  • Ballymun Library Thursday 8 February at 11am
  • Charleville Mall Library Thursday 22 February at 10.30am  
  • Pearse Street Library Wednesday 14 March at 11am

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, 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: