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Carlow Library Service

Wibbly Wobbly Wendy Interactive Storytime

Wibbly Wobbly does a fun interactive Christmas themed storytime

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:

LocationBagenalstown Library
Date2nd December 2023

Christmas Adult Craft Class

Come along to a fun Christmas Craft Workshop for adults & learn how to design your very own Christmas Star Decoration which will add sparkle to your home or office

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:

LocationCarlow Library
Date4th December 2023

Toddler Storytime & Rhymes

Come along with your toddler for a fun interactive storytime & rhymes session which is sure to have your toddler dancing & singing along!

Booking Required: No

LocationCarlow Library
Date6th December 2023

Interactive Macro Photography Workshop

An interactive fun workshop exploring the mind blowing and inspiring world of Macro Photography

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:


LocationCarlow Library
Date5th & 7th December
Time10am & 11am

Wibbly Wobbly Wendy Interactive Storytime

Join Wibbly Wobbly Wendy for a fun interactive Christmas Storytime complete with Santa in tow which is sure to get the Christmas cheer going!

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:


LocationCarlow Library
Date9th December

Dublin City Library Service

Eating Well for Bone Health

The foods we eat on a regular basis can increase our bone density and enhance calcium absorption.  This talk will look in more detail at Calcium, vitamin D, and protein, which are the three nutrients that have the biggest impact on bone health.

Bone Health Nutrition

Menopausal symptoms
Weight changes
Maintaining Bone & Heart Health during menopause
Guest speaker is Sonja Lynch, a CORU Registered Dietitian with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College, Dublin. Sonja has over 15 years experience working in nutrition and dietetics. Her areas of expertise include digestive health, heart health, diabetes, fertility, children’s nutrition, allergies and eating disorders.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Please contact the library T. 01 222 8333 E. to reserve your place to attend.

LocationPhibsboro Library

Andy Warhol Three Times Out: Robotics Drawing

In this art and technology workshop with artist Megan Scott for 9-13 year olds, you will learn to wire-up and design your own robot that can draw!

Drawing inspiration from Andy Warhol’s fascination with technology and his “factory” style studio, we will learn how to use simple electronics to create your very own art-making robot. Hosted as part of Dublin City Libraries programme of events to celebrate Andy Warhol Three Times Out exhibition, in partnership with Hugh Lane Gallery.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Please contact Coolock Library to reserve your place to attend. 
T. 01 222 8490 E.

LocationCoolock Library

Loved Clothes Last

Join Nathalie and Diane from The Sustainable Life School Saturday 9 December 11.30am-1pm in Central Library. Learn how to make the clothes you love last longer, save money, and have a positive impact on the planet.

This practical interactive session will last 1.5 hours with a seamstress available to teach basic clothes repairs. Materials will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring along a garment of their own to learn basic repairs such as how to sew on a button.

Discover ways to buy better, care more and reduce your carbon footprint, through making your loved clothes last longer. Meet like minded people and learn practical clothes repair skills.

The Sustainable Life School is a social enterprise based in Dublin creating lightbulb moments for adults to take action on climate and nature through lifestyle changes and a new mind-set.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Contact: Central Library T. 01 222 8300 E.

LocationCentral Library

Discoveries from the St Anne’s Park Community Archaeology Excavation

A lecture by James Kyle, director of the St Anne’s Park Community Archaeology excavation will showcase the work of a dedicated team of local community volunteer archaeologists who excavated the remains of what would have been highly opulent formal south-facing rooms of St Anne’s mansion.

St Anne’s mansion was burned out in 1943 and was demolished in 1968 after standing for years as a forlorn spectral mansion that was the haunt of children and wildlife. James will bring along architectural fragments and other items found during the excavation for the audience to see and handle.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: To book a place please contact the library E T. 01 222 8322.

LocationRaheny Library

Amhráin, rannta agus am scéalaíochta

Tabhair leat do theidí féin agus bí ag canadh i dteannta Sadhbh Rosenstock. Léifidh sí óna leabhair nua Teidí agus an Dineasár agus Teidí agus an Foghlaí Mara agus canfaidh sí amhráin ón saothar Teach Teidí.

Songs and storytime with Sadhbh Rosenstock. Children are invited to bring their favourite teddy to sing and dance along. Sadhbh will read from her new books Teidí agus an Dineasár and Teidí agus an Foghlaí Mara and perform songs from Teach Teidí

Suitable for children aged 0 – 7.

Saor in aisce agus fáilte roimh chách.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Eolas áirithint: Ní mór áirithint a dhéanamh roimh ré.

Déan teagmháil leis an leabharlann T. 01 222 8344 E. chun áit a chur in áirithe.

Booking: Places limited so booking required. Please contact the library to reserve your place to attend.

LocationDrumcondra Library

The Stories Behind Our Favourite Christmas Carols

Speaker Michael Grant will present a music talk at the Central Library looking at the stories behind Christmas carols, ranging from the 15th century ‘Coventry Carol’ to the ever popular ‘Silent Night’. 

He will also look at the stories behind some of the popular secular music of the last 100 years which have become associated with Christmas, songs like: ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘Scarlet Ribbons’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’.

Booking Required: Yes
Booking Details: Contact Central Library T. 01 222 8300 E.

LocationCentral Library

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries

Storytime with library staff

Join LexIcon library staff for storytime in the Children’s Library. Suitable for ages 3-6yrs.
All welcome, no booking required.



LocationChildren's Library, Level 4, LexIcon Library
Date5th December 2023
Time3.30pm - 4.0pm

Spanish Language Exchange

A Spanish Language Exchange Group meet every Saturday from 10.00-11.30am in Deansgrange Library.

Please note: Language Exchanges offer the opportunity to practice speaking a language with others. They are not taught classes.

For more information, please phone Deansgrange Library on 01-2850860


LocationDeansgrange Library
Date9th December 2023
Time10.00am - 11.30am

Knit Club

Come and join our Knitting Circle in Cabinteely Library!

Bring your current project, and see what others are working on – the perfect opportunity to share your skills and pick up some tips!

Thursdays, 2.00pm-4.00pm
All welcome.


LocationCabinteely Library
Date7th December 2023
Time2.00pm - 4.00pm

Kerry Library Service

A celebration of Christmas Music on harps, with performances by:

Deirdre Granville
Cáit Ní Rinn
Reidun Schlesinger
Marina de Blythe
Sr Colette
Margaret Looney
Máire Begley

No Booking Required

LocationKillarney Library

Have a Green Christmas

Description: Nutritionist Aine Coleman will give an engaging and informative talk on healthy and sustainable eating for Christmas, attendees will discover how to savour the flavours of the Christmas season while making mindful choices that benefit both their health and the environment. This presentation offers practical tips and strategies to celebrate Christmas with a delectable spread that doesn’t compromise on taste, tradition, or sustainability.

The Joy of Sustainable Eating: Learn why sustainable eating is not just a buzzword but a crucial aspect of protecting our planet’s resources and ensuring a better future.
Plant-Based Options: Explore the delicious world of plant-based and vegetarian holiday dishes that can delight even the staunchest meat-lovers.
Reducing Food Waste: Gain insights into minimizing food waste during the holiday season by planning meals, repurposing leftovers, and composting.
Cooking Techniques: Explore cooking methods that preserve the nutritional value of your ingredients while enhancing their flavour.

Online event, Register below for the Zoom Link

Thursday 7th December, 7.30pm

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Register online


Kildare Library and Arts Services

Come and visit our Christmas Crib Exhibition inspired by a collection of cribs from around the world

LocationKildare Town Library
DateMonth of December
TimeDuring Library opening hours

Storytime with Jan, featuring No Matter What by Debi Gliori, and other fun tales for Bedtime especially for pre-school babies and toddlers, from birth to 4 year-olds, and their families


2 pm to 3 pm

No Booking Required

Castledermot Library, Main Street, Castledermot, Co. Kildare


LocationKildare Town Library
Date30th November
Time9:30am - 3pm

Family Time at Your Library Arts & Crafts for Ages 5-7

Join us in Maynooth Library for a fun winter-themed arts and crafts session, as part of our Family Time at Your Library programme.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:


LocationMaynooth Library
Time10am - 10.45 am

POP ! (Power of Play !) Winter Wonderland Sensory Baby Play for 0- 8 month olds

Babies develop brain connections by using their senses to interact with the world in a variety of ways. Join us for our wonderful Sensory Baby Play session where we will show you ways to help build your baby’s brain! You’ll learn developmental play ideas and techniques using sensory play to help stimulate your baby’s senses and also focus on their vestibular and proprioceptive development. There’ll be Tummy Time tips and tricks, rolling readiness activities and activities to encourage your baby’s movement journey. Your baby should be ready for a good nap after this brain and body workout!

Suitable for newborn to 8 month old babies and their grownups.

Please bring a blanket for your baby to lie on during the event.

Library membership is free for all ages!  Join online to get a temporary library card number straight away. Collect your Library Card in the library when you show ID and proof of address.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:

LocationMaynooth Library
Time10.00 - 11.00 am


Come along to our popular weekly Storytime event and enjoy stories and rhymes, music and movement.
Parents, guardians and children age 5 and under are welcome.

LocationNewbridge Library

Celbridge Library Storytime

Join in with the stories and rhymes at Storytime. A chance to make new friends too.

LocationCelbridge Library

Family Christmas Film

Join Celbridge Library for a classic winter cartoon with a very famous soundtrack to get in the festive mood.
Suitable for all the family.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Booking via TicketTailor:

LocationCelbridge Library

Family Crafternoon

Join the staff of Celbridge Library for some festive crafting. Families can make their own cards and wrapping paper for the festive season.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Booking via TicketTailor:

LocationCelbridge Library

One Voice Kildare Choir

Join with us in singing along to some of your favourite Christmas song with this wonderful local choir
Free event

Booking Required: No

LocationKildare Town Library
DateThursday 14th December
Time7.00 - 7.30pm

Wall of Wool

With the guidance of The Wool School, create something truly special for the “Wall of Wool”. This artwork will celebrate and commemorate the legacy of St. Brigid and showcase the creativity and community spirit of Kildare Town.

Wall of Wool with Creative Ireland in partnership with Kildare County Council and The Wool School

Booking Required: No

Booking Details: Contact Kildare Town Library for more information:
Phone 045 520235 or email

LocationKildare Town Library
DateTuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December
Time2.00 - 4.30pm

 Rudolph Saves Christmas

No Christmas is complete without our Family Show – this year Rudolph Saves Christmas with hand-crafted puppetry performance by No Strings Theatre Company

Booking Required: No

LocationKildare Town Library
DateSaturday 16th December
Time3.00 - 4.00pm

Wexford Library Services

Ireland and the League of Nations 1923 with Barry Lacey

In September 1923, the newly established Irish Free State became a member of the League of Nations, taking its place on the international stage. Historian-in-residence Barry Lacey will discuss the context surrounding the event, the Free State delegation who attended and what it meant for a country which had just come out of a bitter year-long civil war.

Title: Irish Free State delegation arriving in Geneva for the fourth Assembly of the League of Nations
Credit: Courtesy of NLI

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Wexford Library:

Booking New Ross Library:


LocationWexford Town & New Ross Libraries
Date5th December
Time Wexford Library11:00am
Time New Ross Library7.00pm

An Evening of Songs and Music with Singer Stephen Murphy

Wexford Library are delighted to welcome back renowned singer Stephen Murphy for a wonderful evening of music and songs.

Popular singer Stephen will be singing a selection of great songs in Wexford Library so come along and enjoy a relaxing evening with a selection of your favourite songs.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:

LocationWexford Town Library
Date5th December

Moo Music

Join Mairead for an interactive Moo Music Session in Wexford Library.

Moo Music is a wonderful interactive fun session for children aged from 0 – 4 yrs to enjoy. Children will be singing, dancing, playing, learning and will have lots of fun while doing so.

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details:

LocationWexford Town Library
Date9th December

Between Art and Craft: Keeping the Tradition of Textile Art Alive

This talk by local artist Trish Middleton will explore the significance of keeping the tradition of textile art alive in today’s modern world.

Textiles often are categorized somewhere between art and craft, and this has led to debates on its aesthetic value for centuries.Textiles have long served their utilitarian use, but when were they considered a real art form?

Let’s talk about contemporary artists keeping the tradition alive and why it’s value in art is so significant.

Trish Middleton is a Wexford born artist specialising in textiles. The art and craftmanship that is implemented into every piece of work, takes hours and years of practice.

Join Trish to discuss and celebrate all historical, contemporary and local artists. All are welcome.

Booking is essential.

If you require any additional supports to attend this event, please contact the library on 05394 83820

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Booking to be found at

LocationGorey Library
Date7th December
Time6pm - 7pm

All December, we will have a special Christmas storytime followed by a craft at Gorey Library! We will have a fun session of stories, rhymes and songs.

This event is suited to children aged 2-4 years, but we encourage all the family to join us.

No need to book, just call in.

If you require additonal support to attend this event, please contact the library on 05394 83820.

LocationGorey Library
Date5th December
Time11:00am - 12:00pm

LEGO Freeplay time

Every weekend during December, Gorey Library are welcoming families to enter our Christmas LEGO Competition!

Just visit us on Saturday morning during our LEGO Freeplay time 10:30am- 12:30pm.

Your mission? Create a house fit for one of Santa’s Elves and make sure a staff member takes a photo to be entered into the competition! Team entries are permitted so get bring the whole family along to be in with a chance to win a prize!

There is no need to book.

We will also Board Games and Arts and Crafts supplies for families to use.

Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

LocationGorey Library
DateSaturday 9th December
Time10:30am - 12:30pm

National Library of Ireland

 National Library of Ireland

In-person Panel discussion on Yeats’ Nobel: Then & Now

Date: Saturday 9 December

Time: 4pm

The Nobel citation declared that Yeats’ work expressed ‘the spirit of a whole nation’, and Yeats regarded the award as Europe’s welcome to the new state. Join Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama UCD, for a discussion with Yeats scholar and author Joseph Hassett and Poet and Playwright Paula Meehan about the award of the prize and the continuing echo of Yeats’ poetry into daily life.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: (Limited availability)

Booking for Livestream:

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Library Ireland Week Webinar


Online event for colleagues in Bord Bia:
Keynote by Canvas8: “AI Unleashed – Shaping the Future” How AI is changing behaviour: What it means for brands and businesses.
Library Value Capture in 2023  Explore the evolving landscape of library value 
Sneak Peek: New Library/KMI Initiatives in 2024 


Wikimedia Community Ireland

‘A Universe of Knowledge’ Online Wikipedia Editathon

Date: 04/12/2023-20/12/2023

Time: On-going (online participation)

This Library Week, the theme “Your Library, Your Universe – Libraries are for everyone” resonates deeply as we bridge the world of libraries with the vast universe of knowledge on Wikipedia. This online event invites you to explore the endless universe of information housed within your library and contribute to expanding this cosmic realm through Wikipedia editing.

The theme of this Edit-a-Thon is open for you to decide! We encourage participants to visit their local library to find sources. You could delve into the fascinating universe of Irish Culture, folklore, history, heritage, or Literature. Whatever you are interested in, the goal is to bring together the boundless resources of libraries with the collaborative spirit of Wikipedia. Here, everyone has a role to play, regardless of background or experience level. So we encourage you to take a trip to your local library and see what resources you can find!

How to Participate:

1. If you don’t already, create a Wikipedia account and log in.
2. Assign yourself an article from the list of suggested articles or if you want to create a new article you can assign that to yourself either!
3. Create your draft article in your sandbox (your own space on Wikipedia to practice editing) or make the changes to the article that already exists!
4. Publish your changes.
5. Share your edits on social media to celebrate your addition to the online encyclopedia.
6. Invite a friend to join the Editathon!
If you need more information or guidance about editing Wikipedia pages, feel free to reach out for help! Contact

Remember small edits make a difference! If you are stuck for time you don’t have to write a whole new article for your work to be meaningful. You can:
-Fix a typo
-Make minor edits or add information to pre-existing articles
-Add or update citations
-Add category tags to make articles more discoverable Add public domain images to articles or WikiCommons -Add your own photos to Wikicommons.

Booking Required: Yes

Booking Details: Register here to take part:’A_Universe_of_Knowledge’_Online_Editathon_for_Library_Week_2023
For more details:



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