New for Children this Christmas!

PosterLest we should forget our younger borrowers this Christmas (Joking! However could we!!), here are just some of the new books and DVDs we have in our branch libraries in readiness for Christmas. Or anytime in fact!

Browse the list of DVD and book titles below, each of which links to its respective catalogue record where you can get further details and check on availability.

Junior Book Club Choices 2013

Roddy Doyle, Roald Dahl and Anne Fine are popular authors among our Junior Book Clubs.

Old favourites such as The Secret GardenThe Hobbit and The Diary of Anne Frank are still going strong.

The most popular books were Roald Dahl's The Magic Finger; Roddy Doyle's Greyhound of a Girl and Wilderness; Louis Sachar's Holes and There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom; and Andy Stanton's Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree

Search the library catalogue to check availability or reserve any of these books.

Bookcover The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Bookcover: A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle Bookcover: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar Bookcover: Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree by David Tazzyman 

Summer Buzz Survey

Summer Reading Buzz posterDid your child take part in the summer reading programme in Dublin City Public Libraries this year? If so, please give us some feedback on the programme by completing this survey before the 10th January 2014. And there are only seven questions so it won't take long!


The Summer Reading Challenge (@SummerBuzz) for children was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in Tallaght Library on Monday, 17th June, in the presence of some 60 excited children and two bees!

3D Christmas Papercrafts in the Central Library

 3D Christmas Papercrafts at the Central Library

Come enjoy some fun festive paper crafts in the Central Library - construct cut-out paper sculpture, fold origami decorations and more! This is a free event, for children aged 7 to 10 years.

We will also have a selection of origami and papercrafts books to borrow on the day.

Children's Feature Films Based on Books - Recent Arrivals!

The Dark is RisingWe have recently added some 60 children's feature films based on books to our existing DVD collection, so be sure to bring your child to your local Dublin City library and let them choose from the wonderful collection now available. You can also check the online catalogue (enter title and select DVD in the 'Media' field) before you visit to check availability, but no doubt there will be a title to please readily available and your child will be certain to head home with a smile on their face and a DVD in hand!

Artemis Fowl Destined for the Big Screen!

Artemis Fowl and the Last GuardianDisney logoThe news just out is that Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series of children's science fantasy books is destined for the big screen after Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein announced that he is teaming up with Walt Disney Studios for a big screen take on the series! The venture will mark the renewal of the partnership between Weinstein and Disney after a bitter falling out in 2005, and is great news for Eoin Colfer and great news for all the young fans of the wonderful Artemis series. As Weinstein is quoted as saying, "this is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book".

Summer Reading Challenge at Your Local Library!

The Summer Reading Challenge (@SummerBuzz) for children was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in Tallaght Library on Monday, 17th June, in the presence of some 60 excited children and two bees!

Here are some photos from the launch and more besides!


Summertime for Kids in Dublin City Public Libraries

Summer Reading BuzzSchool might soon be out, and people might be travelling (or thinking of doing so) to foreign climes on their holidays, but with our younger library visitor in particular in mind that doesn't mean your local library slackens in its efforts to please and fulfil; to the contrary, with all that is happening, you could happily spend many a happy hour or more down at your local library with all that is planned for this (hopefully) long, warm, sunny summer.

Heading up our summer programme for our younger library visitor is the all new Summer Reading Buzz! To coincide with the Reading Buzz all branch libraries around the city are hosting a variety of activities for children of all ages during the months of July and August. So check out too the whole host of summer activities planned; think music, think creative workshops, think art, think magic!

Note that all events are free but some do require advanced booking.

Don't forget, you can keep informed and up-to-date by regularly checking our Library Events page, for events for our younger and older visitors alike!

'Help My Kid Learn' Website

A new website for parents called Help My Kid Learn was launched recently by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. This simple website brings together relevant information for parents and the wider community to support children’s literacy and numeracy development.

Help My Kid Learn

Favourite stories for 18th-century children

Robinson CrusoeWe all have our favourite books from childhood: fairy tales, Alice in wonderland, Paddington bear, Where the wild things are, The railway children, Matilda, The secret garden, The wind in the willows, Gulliver’s travels and Robinson Crusoe. These books affected us profoundly and maybe even changed our lives. But suppose we grew up in the 18th century, what could we have read? We would have had Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Gulliver’s travels (1726), in versions specially geared towards children, with simplified language and pictures. Fairy tales excited and terrified children then as now, and created fantasy worlds that adults did not always approve of.