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Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

Jacobs' Fig Rolls8 September to 8 November at Dublin City Library and Archive

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.  See also: Remembering Life in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory New date: on 25 October and From Bishop Street to Buenos Aires: Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, Dublin a talk by curator Wendy Williams on 5 October.

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm (8 September - 8 November 2017)

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

Guided tours of the exhibition are also available on Tuesday mornings for the duration of the exhibition. New date: we have added 2 extra tours on Saturday 21 October.

Halloween at Raheny Library

Halloween23, 25 and 26 October at Raheny Library. Apologies all Halloween events at Raheny Library are now fully booked.

Fairies and Elves Halloween Party - Monday 23 October 3pm - 4pm.
Dress up in your Halloween costume and enjoy stories and games at Raheny Library.  .  Duration 1 hr.  For ages 4 - 7.  Booking essential.

Scary Stories and Grisly Games - Wednesday 25 October

Spooky Skeleton Treasure Hunt - Thursday 26 October at 5pm
Buried within the library grounds hides skeletal surprises! Help us find these bony treasures...!  Generous rewards for successful treasure hunters!
For ages 6 - 12.

Halloween at Cabra Library

Halloween23, 24, 25 and 26 October at Cabra Library

Witches and Wizards Dress up Story time and activity sheets (all ages) - Monday 23 October at 3.15pm
Horcrux Hunt and Crafts (4 – 8yrs) - Tuesday 24 October from 3pm - 4pm
Film screening featuring everyone's favourite wizard! Wednesday 25 October at 2.30pm
Advanced Potion Making Class. Suitable for 8 -12yrs; - Thursday 26 October from 3pm - 4pm

Booking essential.

Early Years Art Workshops

art workshopTuesday 10, 24 October, 7, 21 November, 5 December at 11.30am in Coolock Library

The Arts Office in association with Preparing for Life and Coolock Library present a series of free art workshops for children aged 3-5 years. 
Please note: Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Halloween at Ballyfermot Library

Halloween27 and 31 October at Ballyfermot Library
Come along to Ballyfermot Library  this Halloween for a Scary Bear Stories Party, a Spooky Puppet Show and Creepy Crafts!
Halloween Scary Bear Stories Party (with Patricia)
Date: Thursday 27 October at 3pm
Come dressed up in your favourite Halloween costume for some scary stories and Halloween fun.
Bring your Teddy dressed up too!
Suitable for under sevens.  Numbers limited.  Booking essential.

Halloween at Walkinstown Library

HalloweenTuesday 31 October at 2.30pm in Walkinstown Library

Join us for a special No Strings Puppet Show suitable for children up to 6 years old.

Bookings: Walkinstown Library.

Figuring out the Past - History Detective Workshop

Wednesday 22 November at 11am in Pembroke Library

History for Children presented by Maeve Casserly, Dublin South East Historian in Residence.

Pembroke Library.

Book Clubs for Children

The New PolicemanThere are children's book clubs in branch libraries across the city, namely Ballymun, 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 Ballymun and Rathmines 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)