Family History and Genealogy Advice Service

Family treeMonthly in Donaghmede and Raheny Libraries.
Find out how to go about tracing your family tree, with an advice session presented by Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven.

Donaghmede Library host the advice session on the 3rd Monday of every month in the afternoons.

Raheny Library's Family History and Genealogy advice service. Meets the third Monday of the month (10.15am - 12 noon.)
To book, ring 087 6491605, email impossibleancestors@gmail.com

All are welcome and admission is free.  Booking is essential with Margaret Bonar at T. 087 6491605.

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.

Songwriting Workshop for Teens

Wednesday 19 August at 2pm  *Please note this session is now fully booked* 

This workshop is ideal for the complete beginner or for those who have been writing songs for a while and would like some fresh ideas and new skills. The event host CreateSchool will guide you through the main elements of song and lyric writing and help you capture that great idea as a song to share with your friends and family. Suitable for age group 12-16 years. The ability to play an instrument is not a pre-requisite!  

Design a Podcast workshop for Teens

Monday 17 August at 2pm 

Podcasts are an effective way of engaging with others allowing you to share your stories, opinions and experiences. During the workshop, participants will work in a small group to produce their podcast. Facilitated by CreateSchool who are a team of experienced educators. They will help particpants to research, create, produce, edit and ultimately share their stories with family and friends. Students will learn how to archive or share their work via blogs and other mediums. Suitable age group for this event is 12-16 years.

National Library Open Day at Rathmines Library

National Library Open DayRathmines Library, Saturday 29 February

There's something for everyone this National Library Open Day!

National Library Open Day at Charleville Mall Library

National Library Open DayCharleville Mall Library, Saturday 29 February

Storytime, Interactive Nursery Table and Meet our Library Robot!

Do drop in – We are open 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.

Launch of Coolock Library Maker Space Programme

National Library Open DayCoolock Library, Saturday 29 February, 11am - 4pm

Launch of Coolock Library's Maker Space programme.

Find out from 'makers' about the options of using laser cutting machines, 3D scanners and printers, Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits.

National Library Open Day at the Central Library, Ilac Centre

National Library Open Day

Central Library, Ilac Centre Saturday 29 February

Tours at 10am and 2.30pm giving an overview of the services available at the Central Library.

National Library Open Day at Pearse Street Library

National Library Open DayPearse Street Library, Saturday 29 February, 11.30am - 12.30pm

Find out about online resources in the library. Demonstration and help with setting up.

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Girls Rock Dublin & Pearse Street Library staff will answer queries about how to avail of the rock music instruments available for loan for teens from Pearse Street Library.

National Library Open Day at Ballyfermot Library

National Library Open DayBallyfermot Library, Saturday 29 February

  • 10 am - 11am Tour of the Creative Studio - Sound and Video Recording studios 
  • 11am - 12pm Teddy Bear Storytelling Picnic for the under 7s and a parent/carer
  • 11am - 1pm Trad Hub
  • 1pm - 2pm Tours of the Creative studio
  • 2.30pm - 3.30pm Arts and Crafts session for children (all ages)