Libraries

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.

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:

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:

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:-

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.

Needlecraft / Knitting Groups

KneedlecraftNeedlecraft (needlework) / Knitting Groups meet in six branch libraries (Ballymun, Cabra, Coolock, Donaghmede, Inchicore, Raheny, Walkinstown), either on a weekly or a monthly basis. Days and times do vary so do check below and with the relevant branch.

Scrabble Clubs

ScrabbleScrabble Clubs meet in two branch libraries (Ballymun and Cabra) on a weekly basis. Days and times do vary (see below) so it might be advisable to check with the relevant library in advance.

Public Speaking Group, Rathmines Library

MicrophonePublic Speaking Club – meeting chaired by Stephen Kane. Meetings held in the Exhibition Room at Rathmines Library on the first Thursday of every month at 11.00am (except August).

Art Groups and Classes

Colour palletteArt Groups currently meet in four branch libraries (Ballymun, Charleville Mall, Coolock, Walkinstown), weekly or bi-weekly depending on Group. However days, dates and times can vary so it is advisable to check with the relevant library in advance. Details are as follows:

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.

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