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family event guide

8 events for little readers at your local library - from coding classes to Scrabble matches

Here’s our pick of library-based events for budding bookworms around Ireland.


Story Time: Almost every library in Ireland runs weekly Story Time sessions for toddlers, reading a well-known book to an avid audience of preschoolers.

Suits: Age 2-5. Time: Check with your local library for times, it’s usually in the morning, midweek. Find out more here.

Book Clubs: There are children’s book clubs in branch libraries across the country, meeting once a month to discuss a new book. The members of the club choose the book to read and the library staff research the background and read it too so that they can take part of the conversation. If your local library doesn’t have one – why not start your own?

Suits: Age 8-12. Time: Check with your local library for times, it’s usually in the early evening, midweek. Find out more here.


Dubray StoryFest: This one’s not technically in a library, but it’s sure to appeal to book-lovers. Dubray StoryFest will be a day of interactive author and illustrator events, along with storytelling, drawing, book-inspired yoga, lullabies for babies, face-painting and dressing up. Plus under-threes go free.

Suits: Under 12s. Time: 10am to 5pm, Saturday September 29th. Location: Airfield Estate, Dundrum. Find out more here.

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CoderDojo: Learn to code in your local library, with CoderDojo. Children can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in this laid-back club.

Suits:  7-17 year olds – adults must stay with children throughout. Time: Every Saturday, 12.15pm. Location: Lucan Library, every Wednesday, but there are CoderDojo clubs in some libraries all over the country, so ask your local branch. Find out more here.

Children’s Creative Writing Group: Aspiring writers get together on the last Wednesday of every month across several Dublin libraries, discussing and critiquing their work.

Suits:  9-12 year olds. Time: Various times, depending on the library. Location: Various libraries. Find out more here.

Manga Drawing For Teens: Artist John Carpenter will be holding a manga-drawing class in Blanchardstown Library this Saturday that will cover action, full figures and faces.

Suits: Ages 12+. Time: This Saturday at 11am and 1pm. Location: Blanchardstown Library. Find out more here.


Children’s Chess Club: Athy library hosts a children’s chess club every Thursday where junior master players can pit their wits against their peers.

Suits: Under 12s. Time: Thursdays 6pm to 8pm. Location: Blanchardstown Library. Find out more here.


Wexford Scrabble Club: Wexford Town library is home to a weekly scrabble club for secondary school students, and it can get quite competitive, so we’re told!

Suits: 12-18 year olds. Time: Every Friday at 3.30pm. Location: Blanchardstown Library. Find out more here. 

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