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Furry Friends at Rathmines Library

My Cat GingerDuring February 2018, Rathmines Library hosted Tarsila Kruse’s exhibition 100 days of Dogs, which features gorgeous illustrations of man's best friend from her new book.  Inspired by Tarsila's exhibition, Rathmines Library decided to hold an art competition, inviting children to draw their own companion animal – whether it was one from a story, an imaginary beast or their own pet.  We were delighted with the results!  The competition entries, which reveal artistic skill, a love for animals, and a sense of fun, went on display in Rathmines Library during March.

Many thanks to all the children who submitted pictures and congratulations to the winners:

Easter bunny loves reading too!

Easter fun at BallymunWith over 30 people in attendance, we had a morning of magic and fun at Ballymun Library last Tuesday, 27th March.  The Easter Bunny paid a surprise visit and left lots of surprises for our junior patrons.

The Baby/Wobbler Book Club met at 11am and read ‘Spot’s First Easter’ by Eric Hill.  We’ve read many books so far about our doggy friend, Spot, including ‘Where’s Spot?’ and ‘Spot Says Goodnight’.  In this story, we joined Spot and his friends as they go on an Easter Egg Hunt together.

Photo: Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator, left) with Daniel Heenan and his mother, Gabriela Arakaki

CBI Book Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced!

CBI Book AwardsAs big fans of children's books we are always excited when the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards shortlist is announced. As usual they reflect the quality of Irish writing, illustration and publishing for children.  Many of these are already firm favourites with Dublin City Public Libraries readers - young and old.  Congratulations to the writers and illustrators whose ten books who will now compete for the prestigious awards. These awards include the Children's Choice Award, which is voted for by youth readers from all over the country.

The CBI Book of the Year Awards celebrate excellent literature and illustration for children, and were established in 1990. CBI, which administers the awards, will again be working closely with reading groups from schools, libraries and bookshops across the island of Ireland. These young readers will choose the winner of the Children’s Choice Award. Reading groups nationwide are invited to sign up for the shadowing scheme via www.childrensbooksireland.ie.

Dolphins Barn: Creative Digital Animation Series

Creative Digital Animation title In April and May of 2017 Dolphin's Barn Library hosted a series of workshops where young historians learned how to combine research, storytelling, drawing and digital animation to tell a tale from Irish history.

Expert facilitators included historian Conor Kostick and author and illustrator Alan Nolan.

The result is this exciting video set in Dublin 1920. In it Tadhg undertakes a dangerous mission to deliver a message to Countess Markievicz. On the way he evades policemen, befriends Victoria Jacobs and is shot at by the 'Black and Tans'!

The project was supported by the UNESCO City of Literature office.

Christmas books for babies and toddlers

That's not my santaWe had a lovely session last Tuesday, 19 December with all junior book clubs.  Everyone dressed up in Christmas jumpers and festive gear as we sang songs and read stories. Each of the children received a free book as well as stickers and jellies.  The Baby Book Club read That’s Not My Santa...  which is part of the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile baby book.  The Wobbler Book Club read I Love You Father Christmas by Emma Dodd and Giles Andreae.  This is a lovely story all about why babies love Santa Claus.  Finally, the Toddler Book Club read the classic tale, Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  All of the chosen books are perfect Christmas read for little ones.

Hallowe'en at Raheny Library

Halloween at RahenyChildren from the Raheny area have just enjoyed an action packed week of Halloween celebrations at Raheny Library.  The festivities kicked off with a Fairies and Elves Halloween Party on Monday 23rd October when children came along in their favourite Hallowe'en costumes and enjoyed spooky stories and games.  On Wednesday 25th there was more Scary Stories and Grisly Games like pin the nose on the witch. On Thursday the garden got a ghostly makeover for a Spooky Skeleton Treasure Hunt.  There were generous rewards for all the successful treasure hunters who uncovered the bony surprises!

Thanks to all the children who visited Raheny Library for Hallowe'en events last week. It was so much fun!

Here are some frightful photos from the Hallowe'en celebrations:

Making Millions by Erika McGann is 2018 Citywide Reading Choice

Making MillionsWe are delighted to announce Making Millions by Erika McGann as the 2018 Citywide Reading for Children. This exciting adventure story about the Bubble Street Gang is suitable for boys and girls aged 7-9 years.

“I’m so excited and delighted that Making Millions is the 2018 Citywide Read. I live in the heart of the city and I’ve already met and shared stories with a lot of kids through Dublin City Libraries. I’m looking forward to meeting many more and to hearing their stories about secret forts, jumble sales, ghost stories and getting up to (just a little bit of) mischief.” Says Erika.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Puffin Books, and runs from January to March 2017.

Baby, Wobbler & Toddler Book Club - We’re Back!!!

Babies love booksWe’re back with new toys, new books, new members and a new book club dedicated to wobblers.  Having taken a break over the summer, Ballymun Library is delighted to host weekly book clubs for younger children again.  Attendance is free and no prior booking is required.  At each session, Maria (Library Staff Facilitator) reads a story and provides tips on reading to younger children.  A song or rhyme based on the theme of the story is covered.  Then toys are brought out so that the children have an opportunity to play and the grown ups have a chance to chat. 

Fun at the Rose Festival 2017

Rose FestivalWe had lots of fun in the library tent and mobile library at the Rose Festival in St Anne's Park Raheny on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017. It was a busy day full of books and reading themed events, arts and crafts and performance.  Ruth Concannon, Reader in Residence at Dublin City Public Libraries read stories to younger children in our library tent and Book Advisors Patricia and Catherine enjoyed chatting to children about what they like to read and offering some book recommendations.  Lots of young readers dropped by to find out about the best summer reads and sign up for our Summer Stars Reading challenge.

Books to build new skills for your baby/toddler

Clap hands here come the puppiesWe had our last sessions of the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs on Tuesday, 27 June.  To celebrate, we had a little party for each group with jellies, sweets, juices and bubble mixtures.  The sessions had good attendances again with over 20 people at each group.

The Baby Book Club final book choice was Clap Hands Here Come the Puppies.  This book is aimed at babies and young toddlers.  The book is designed to develop sensory, language and physical awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The book also encourages little ones to clap hands – a skill that most babies acquire by the age of 6 months.  It’s an ideal read for at home and on trips.  We sang ‘Six Little Dogs’ to the tune of ‘Six Little Ducks’ to complement the story.

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