All children are valued members of our community and we make them particularly welcome in our libraries. Junior sections are provided in every branch and they are furnished to encourage children to feel engaged and comfortable. Children can enjoy the same services as adults, including Internet access, but with a particular focus on their interests and needs.
Children's services include:
A personal library ticket and account
Each child receives his/her own library ticket when they join. We hope that this will encourage a sense of responsibility and citizenship as well as making each child feel personally welcome at the library.
Junior Sections in our branches and mobile libraries
The Junior Section of each branch library offers a complete lending service for children. Here you will find books for babies; fiction and non-fiction for 6-12 year olds; a young adult section for 12 -15 year olds; a reference section; music and games on CD and cassette and videos for watching in the library. Toys, jigsaws and games can be used while you are at the library. There are also children's PCs with lots of educational and entertaining software for young people.
Cultural and educational events
As well as on-going story-readings, children celebrate Christmas, Summer, Easter, Halloween and other festival seasons at the library. Joined by other children, library staff and visiting activity leaders, children can participate in a wide range of activities designed to entertain, teach, involve and stimulate the youngest members of our community.
Past events have included author visits, dance classes, arts and crafts, environmental awareness, multicultural activities and much much more. Details of our events are published in advance on our website and in our libraries. You can ask to have your family added to our mailing lists so you will always know what’s going on.
Children's Book Festival
Every October, in co-operation with the Youth Library Group, Library Association of Ireland and Children's Books Ireland, the annual Children's Book Festival is held in public libraries throughout Ireland. It is the biggest free children's cultural festival in Ireland and always a huge success in South Dublin Libraries.
Each Branch Library holds a collection of books for children that reflect the various cultural backgrounds of our junior citizens. Many of them are dual-language publications that help our children to appreciate each other's language and experience. Details of this collection can be obtained from your local library
Our new colourful and exciting webpages designed especially for children are now available from here or from the Children's Zone on the front page.
Advice for parents
The Office for Internet Safety provides guidance to parents on keeping their children safe while using the Internet.They have safety booklet for children and parents here