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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. 

The Magic of Music

The Magic of MusicIn various libraries throughout the month of July.

Join Catherine Dunphy for these fun, energetic and engaging workshop will explore musical compositions themed around animals. Using works such the ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and Animal Boogie, children will be able to listen and respond to the music through movement and singing. Participants  will use percussion instruments to compose their own music to accompany the stories (and finally learn use the basic rhythmic notes with untuned instruments.) The events are free. Booking is essential.

Carnival of the Animals is suitable for children 3-6 years

Wednesday 19 July at 11am in the Central Library
Thursday 20 July at 11am in Phibsboro' Library (Fully booked, apologies)
Tuesday 25 July at 2.30pm in Walkinstown Library
Tuesday 25 July at 2.30pm in Pembroke Library
Tuesday 25 July at 11am in Donaghmede Library
Tuesday 25 July at 11am in Pearse Street Library

The Sound of Jazz for children aged 7 to 11 years.

Wednesday 19 July at 2pm in Marino Library
Thursday 20 July at 2pm in Cabra Library

Stories from Around the World with Roisín Murphy

Stories from around the worldWednesday 19 July at 11am in Pembroke Library, Thursday 10 August at 11.30am in Terenure Library and Tuesday 15 August at 2.30pm in Cabra Library.


Join Storyteller Roisín Murphy for Stories From Around The World including Japanese, Persian, Native American and Chinese stories, among others. Suitable for children aged 7 to 10 years. The events are free. Booking is essential

Music and Drama for Toddlers

Music and Dance for ToddlersTuesday 18 July in Ballymun and Coolock Libraries. Thursday 20 and  27 July at 11am in Pearse Street and Inchicore Libraries.

Music and Drama for Toddlers with Anita Nicholson is for toddlers aged between 3 to 5 years. Dance, sing and play along to popular stories and songs. Spark your imagination and become a character from some classic stories. Dance and move with the music and discover how you can join the best band in the world.  The events are free. Booking is essential.

  • Tuesday 18 July at 11am in Ballymun Library
  • Tuesday 18 July at 2pm in Coolock Library (Booked out - apologies)
  • Thursday 20 July at 11am in Pearse Street Library
  • Thursday 27 July at 11am in Inchicore Library

Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat - Craft Workshop

Craft Workshop Cat in HatTuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 July in Finglas and Donaghmede Libraries.

Arts and Crafts expert Susan Boyle has pulled out all the stops with her Summer 2017 Programme. Children will learn new craft skills at Susan's hands-on workshops.  Create a peg bookmark or a pop up cat in the hat puppet based on the Dr. Seuss Book. The workshops are free and are suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years. Booking is essential as place are limited.

  • Tuesday 25 July at 11am in Finglas Library. 
  • Wednesday 26 July at 2pm in Donaghmede Library.

Junior Einstein Science Club

Junior EinsteinTuesday 25 July in Ballyfermot and Dolphin's Barn Library. Thursday 3 August in Ballymun and Charleville Mall Library.

The Astronomy Show is the title of the show presented  by Junior Einstein’s Science Club. The Junior Einstein instructors love astronomy and they invite you to join them on a virtual trip through space – everything from astronaut training to rocket launching to protecting astronauts on other planets, even greeting aliens and getting back to Earth safely. The workshops are suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years. They are free. Places are limited so booking is essential at the branch library hosting the event - 

Tuesday 25 July at 11am in Ballyfermot Library
Tuesday 25 July at 2.30pm in Dolphin’s Barn Library 
Thursday 3 August at 11am in Ballymun Library
Thursday 3 August at 2.30pm in Charleville Mall Library

Craft Workshops for children 7 years and upwards

Arts and CraftsVarious dates in July in Ballymun, Coolock, Rathmines and Terenure Libraries.

Arts and Crafts expert Susan Boyle has pulled out all the stops with her Summer 2017 Programme. Children will learn new craft skills at Susan's hands-on workshops. The workshops are free and are suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years. Booking is essential as place are limited.

  • Monday 17 July at 3.30pm in Rathmines Library.  Monster Hand Puppets - Create fantastic hand puppet monsters inspired by  “Where The Wild Things Are”.
  • Tuesday 18 July at 12pm in Terenure Library.  Create your very own balloon mobiles or balloons in watercolours and oil pastels, based on Oh’ the places you’ll go! by Dr. Seuss.
  • Tuesday 25 July at 2pm in Ballymun Library.  Esio Trot Crafts Session. Make a Paper Tortoise and other crafts inspired by Roald Dahl’s much loved Esio Trot.
  • Wednesday 26 July at 11am in Coolock Library. (Booked out - apologies)
    Paper Birds from How the Birds Got their Colours. Based on the story “How the birds got their colours” use your imagination to design and create your very own Paper Bird.

Drama Workshops with Jill Anderson

Jill Anderson's WorkshopsTuesday 11, 18 and 25 July in Marino, Finglas and Phibsboro Libraries. Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 July in Drumcondra and Terenure Libraries.

Jill Anderson School of Drama host a range of fun filled drama workshops aiming to develop children's confidence and communication skills. Take a look at what's on offer for Summer 2017. The workshops are free. Booking is essential at the relevant library.

Enid Blyton’s Wishing Chair. The Famous Wishing Chair has come to Dublin. Pop along and see what adventures you will be taken on when you climb into the chair! Suitable for children 4 - 7 years. Tuesday 11 July at 2.30pm in Marino Library

Storytelling Workshop. Would you like to learn the skills and techniques to become a storyteller? Bring along your favourite books and use your new storytelling skills to develop your creativity and confidence. Suitable for children 7 - 12 years. Tuesday 18 July at 11am in Finglas Library

Rediscovery's Nuts about Nature Workshops

RediscoveryThursday 13 July and Wednesday 26 July in Finglas and the Central Libraries at various times.

Nuts about Nature with the Rediscovery Centre
Children are encouraged to explore wildlife and biodiversity through discussion and interactive activities such as making bird feeders, examining the creatures in the bug tank, and wildlife themed arts and crafts
This workshop also investigates habitats, ecosystems and animal adaptations including camouflage. Suitable for children aged 7 to 11 years. The workshops are free. Booking is essential.

  • Thursday 13 July at 11am in Finglas Library
  • Wednesday 26 July at 11am in the Central Library. 

Rediscovery's Sensational Space Workshops

RediscoveryThursday 13 July and Wednesday 26 July in Drumcondra and Pearse Street Libraries.

Sensational Space
Join the Rediscovery Centre as you venture into space and explore the solar system. What would life be like on Mars?  What size is the moon? The workshop includes a number of interactive and fun activities, exploring meteor impacts and making rockets and space themed crafts. Suitable for children aged 7 to 11 years. The workshops are free. Booking is essential.

  • Thursday 13 July at 2.00pm in Drumcondra Library
  • Wednesday 26 July at 2.30pm in Pearse Street Library
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