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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:-

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.

Conversation Exchange

Conversation ExchangeConversation exchanges are very popular in the libraries. As well as practising your language skills with native speakers through conversation, you can also learn much about the culture, politics and economics of that country. They are held in Ballymun, Cabra, Central Library, Coolock, Donaghmede, Pearse Street, Pembroke, Raheny and Walkinstown librariesDates and times may vary (see below); it is advisable to check with location in advance.

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.

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)

U3A: University of the Third Age

Age Action Ireland supports U3A in IrelandBallymun and Rathmines Libraries.

U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun. (quote)

An informal U3A learning circle meets in Ballymun Library every second Monday from 2-4pm.
(note: no meeting during the month of August)

The Rathmines U3A group meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 11.00am

Film Clubs / Screenings

film cameraThere are film clubs for adults and/or film screenings in a number of branch libraries, namely Inchicore, Pearse Street, and Raheny libraries, plus of course the Central Library, Ilac Centre. Details below.

Storytelling

storytimeStorytelling for children takes place in seven branch libraries (Ballyfermot, Cabra, Central, Inchicore, Finglas, 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:

Adult Learning Group, Finglas Library

St. Michael's House Adult Learning Group, Finglas Library every Tuesday at 11.00am.

Contact Finglas Library, tel. 01 834 4906

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