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Dance Your Own Dance

Ballyfermot Library, 9th and 16th July at 10.30am; 23rd and 30th July at 12.30pm

Cabra Library, 9th and 16th July at 11.30am; 23rd and 30th July at 10.30am

Coolock Library, 9th and 16th July at 12.30pm; 23rd and 30th July at 11.30am

Dance Your Own Dance - Online Dance workshops presented in partnership with CoisCéim BROADREACH. If you love to create magical, wildly adventurous stories and enjoy dancing to all kinds of brilliant music, then from your living room - join us on this fabulous journey of discovery... and find out how you can DANCE YOUR OWN DANCE! All you need is bags of energy and lots of enthusiasm. 


Cabra Library, Monday 20 July at 11am 

Ballyfermot Library, Wednesday 22 July at 11am 

Coolock Library, Friday 24 July at 11am   

BOLDLY GO! An Incredible drawing adventure with Chris Judge, illustratotr and painter. Chris invites you to create your own 10 page fold out 'accordion' style picture book adventure based on your fantastic imaginative journeys, with plenty of how-to inspiration to watch and download from 10 July on Facebook @DublinCityLibraries and @DublinCityArtsOfice.  Chris wil also host 3 live drawing events via Zoom, where he will show you how he creates large scale versions. Bring your suggestions for fantastic journeys and draw along on your own work. 

Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

Ballyfermot Library Monday 27th July 11.00am

Cabra Library Wednesday 29th July 11.00am

Coolock Library Firday 31st July 11.00am

Online Music Workshops with Ceol Connected

Thomas loves pigeons. He notices them all around him on the streets of Dublin but there is one in particular caught his eye. There is something different about his story and Thomas wants to find out his story. Where does he fly off to everyday and what does the city look like from a birds's eye view?

Join Thomas' online workshop as he flies around Dublin through stories, songs and music inspired by his feathered friend.

Flap, Glide and Soar like a Pigeon

Coolock Library, Wednesday 5 August at 11am 

Ballyfermot Library, Wednesday 5 August at 2pm  

Cabra Library, Wednesday 12 August at 11am & 2pm    

Online Visual Art workshops with Duffy Mooney-Sheppard. Presented in association with The Ark.  Birds flap, glide and soar. Some birds spend their whole lives on the wing and rarely come to land. But Dublin is filled with one well known bird: the pigeon! Usually jostling for space, pigeons are ruling the roosts on the streets and in the skies. Be inspired by these resourceful birds, then design and make your own extraordinary pigeon or fantastical winged bird with visual artist Duffy.  Workshops suitable for children age 5-12 years.   

Early Years Visual Art Adventures

Ballyfermot, Cabra and Coolock Library, Thursday 6th and 13th August

Early Years Visual Art Adventures with Lucy Hill. Presented in association with The Ark. Sign up for 2 weeks of inspiration and creativity for ages 2-4 years and their grown-ups as visual artist Lucy Hill guides you in exploring your local area, to create easy and fun art at home. Through bite-sized videos, image collections and ideas, Lucy will prompt gentle art explorations at home, in gardens, in parks and neighbourhoods.   

Flights of Fancy with Pigeon

Coolock Library, Saturday 15 August at 10.30am 

Ballyfermot Librar,; Saturday 15 August at 12pm  

Flights of Fancy with Pigeon - a music and storytelling performance. Thomas and Duffy have been watching pigeons as they strut, flap and fly all over Dublin like kings and queens of the sky. Join Thomas now as he performs the songs and stories created and watch them come to life with the amazing creatures and objects created by Duffy Mooney-Sheppard.  Suitable for children age 4-6 years. 

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:

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, Rathmines 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.

Writers’ Groups

PenLike to write? Want to try? Fiction, poetry, it matters not. A little ambition can go a long way! Members of Writers' Groups meet informally to talk about their writings, improve their skills, and to offer encouragement to one another.

Book Clubs

BooksBook clubs are a popular way for book lovers to discuss books, both fiction and non-fiction, in an informal friendly setting. Some book clubs meet in libraries or each other's homes, some in pubs or restaurants. While there are book clubs active in most of our branch libraries, dates and times can vary, so check with the library in advance if interested in participating in one of the book clubs. Due to the popularity of some book clubs, there may unfortunately be restrictions regarding the intake of new members from time to time, so it is advisable to check on that also.

The following is a list of libraries that host book clubs:-