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Exhibitions in the Libraries for May

Exhibitions will be displayed in Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Cabra, Coolock, Dublin City Library and Archive, Finglas, Inchicore, Raheny, Rathmines and Walkinstown libraries.

  • Ballyfermot Library -
    • 1916 Street Banners & Art Exhibition
    • Celebrating Women in Ballyfermot
    • Around the Table
    • Bio-Diversity
    • Aesops Fables – Ballyfermot College of Further Education
    • Ballyfermot Resource centre Art Exhibition
  • Ballymun Library - Exhibition of artwork by residents of St Clare’s Nursing Home to celebrate Bealtaine
  • Cabra Library - Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood
  • Coolock Library - Coolock Library Art Group Exhibition (from Saturday 19 May)
  • Dolphin’s Barn Library  -  Humans of Dublin
  • Dublin City Library and Archive - Aspects of Mícheál Mac Liammoir and the Dublin Gate Theatre
  • Finglas Library - Finglas Camera Club Group Spring Exhibition: ‘Travel 32’
  • Inchicore Library -   Suffragist City Exhibition
  • Raheny Library -   Photographic exhibition by Lar Boland highlighting the work of 3D printing technology at Corsu Hospital, Uganda.
  • Rathmines Library - 'Rathmines and the 1916 Rising, People and Places’ An Exhibition by the Rathmines Initiative
  • Walkinstown Library - Walkinstown's Musical Roads

Around the Table Exhibition

Around the Table May in Ballyfermot 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.

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.

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: