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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

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.

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: