Keeping Kids Entertained This Summer with Cork City Library

Ah, the school holidays are upon us. There’s a whole lot less traffic in the mornings, the skies are (mostly) blue and there are kids country wide exclaiming that they are bored. Standard stuff, really. There are loads of summer camps around to keep them busy, but the cost of those can really pile up too. So, what’s a parent to do? If your kids are in Cork, Cork City Library have a full Summer programme ready to start next week. Hopefully there’ll be something there that will catch their imaginations and get them out of the house (and out of your hair!).

So, what’s going on and where?

There are seven libraries in Cork City and it’s suburbs – each with plenty on to entertain all ages. Here’s a bit of a rundown of what to look out for this Summer in each.

Grand Parade – Central Library

July and August – My Summer in Photos

 Teen Photography Competition  – Tel: (021) 4924903 for more details

July and August – Fridays – 2pm – Teen Short Story Group

Please note this event is for teenagers only. Tel: 4924903 for more details

July – Wednesday 5 – 11.30am – Story Yoga

Suitable for 4-7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Spaces limited pre-booking essential

July – Wednesday 5 – 2pm – The Princess Bride

A Teen Committee movie screening – Thomas Davis Room. Please note this event is for teenagers only July.

July – Wednesday 12 – 2pm – Spirited Away

A Teen Committee movie screening. Thomas Davis Room. Please note this event is for teenagers only.

July – Wednesday 19 – 3pm – Storytime.

Simone Schuemmelfeder presents European Tales, Stories of Strong Children. A family event all welcome.

July 21-24 – 10.30am and 1.30pm – Summer Sing!

A unique, week-long singing festival which takes place in Cork, Ireland. Contact Aoife at Summer Sing! 087- 7096811 for more details and to register.

July –  Wednesday 26 – 11.30am – Story Yoga 

Suitable for 4-7 year olds accompanied by an adult| Spaces limited pre-booking essential

July – Wednesday 26 – 2pm – Teen craft with Laurie Legrand

Thomas Davis Room| Please note this event is for teenagers only

August –  Wednesday 2 – 2pm – Teen craft with Laurie Legrand

Thomas Davis Room| Please note this event is for teenagers only

August – Wednesday 2 – 2.30pm – Dogs Trust 

Pre-booking advised

August | Wednesday 9 | 2pm | Teen Song Writing Workshop

Thomas Davis Room| Please note this event is for teenagers only

August – Wednesday 16 – 11.30am – Story Yoga

Suitable for 4-7 year olds accompanied by an adult. Spaces limited pre-booking essential.

August – Wednesday 16 – 2pm – Book Olympics

Suitable for 6-8 year olds accompanied by an adult. All welcome.

August – Saturday 26 – 2pm – Teen Open Mic.

Hollyhill

July – All month – 10:00am – 5:00pm – Hollyhill Library giant colouring challenge

Calling adults and children alike to come in during July and complete our super sized colouring book.

July – Friday 7, 14, 21, 28, August Saturday 4, 11, 18, 25 – 2:30pm – 4:30pm  – Connect 4 Club

We provide the boards and you get to play Connect 4 all afternoon.

July (Saturday) 15, 22, August (Saturday) 19, 26  – All Day – Puzzle and Quiz Saturdays

Fun Puzzles and quiz for children.

 August -Saturday 5, 12, 19, 26 – 11:30am – 12:30pm – Chess Club

Chess club for children. Suitable for all levels.

Tory Top

July (Saturday) 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, August (Saturday) 12, 19 & 26 – 2.30pm – Colouring competition for kids

Prizes to be won so get creative!

Mayfield

July – Wednesday 19 – 2.30pm – 3.15pm Arran Towers

Arran Towers presents his Trunk of Tricks, a feast of Indian traditional string puppetry, magic, storytelling and juggling. Admission free. All welcome.

July – Friday 21, Saturday 22 – 10.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-5.00p.m. Treasure Hunt.

Come in and take part in our Treasure Hunt. Prizes to be won. Try our magic colouring. Face painting at 2.30pm

August – Wednesday 2 – 11.30am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm –  Crafting For Kids

Make Pirates and Fairies in this craft workshop. 5 years & upwards. No booking required.

August- Wednesday 16 – 2.30pm-4.30pm – Puzzle Afternoon.

Try our written puzzles. Prizes to be won.

Blackpool

July – Wednesday 12 – 2.00pm onwards – Puzzles

Puzzle afternoon for all ages. Prizes to be won. All welcome.

July – Tuesday 18 – 2.30pm – “A Trunk of Tricks” Presented by Arran Towers

Arran Towers presents his Trunk of Tricks, a feast of Indian traditional string puppetry, magic, storytelling and juggling. Admission free. All welcome.

August – Tuesday 1 – 2.30pm – “How to look after your dog”.

Talk by The Dogs Trust. Booking essential. All welcome.

August – Wednesday 9 – 2.00pm onwards – Puzzle afternoon

Puzzle afternoon for all ages. Prizes to be won. All welcome.

Douglas

July –  Thursday 6 –  10.30am  Summer Storytime with Ruth

Songs and stories in the library with Ruth, suitable 0-6 years.

July – Thursday 13 – 10.30am – Toddler Tales

A morning of stories, rhyme and songs. Suitable 0 – 6 years

July- Wednesday 19 – 12.45pm – Children’s Story Workshop

StoryGate and Simone Schummelfeder present Underwater Story Workshop. Put on your snorkels and your fins for this fantastic story-workshop! Booking essential, suitable ages 6-9 years.

August – Tuesday 15 – 11.00am – Summer Crafts with Nicola

A crafty morning workshop in the library. Booking essential, suitable ages 8 – 10 years.

Bishopstown (Wilton Library)

July  (Friday) 7, 14, 21, 28, August (Friday) 11, 18, 25 –  11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Song And Story Time

Enjoy an interactive story time with your child that includes singing, dancing and art and crafts.  All are Welcome.

July & August –  Be A word Collector!

A reading initiative to build your Vocabulary all Summer. Reading Logs are available at Lending Desk.

July & August – Summer Reading Initiative

Celebrate with Red the Bird our library logo for children, who turns 10 this summer. Read 10 books and get some special prizes along the way. Pick up your booklet at the lending desk. All eager readers will receive a medal at our prize giving day in August. Suitable for kids of all ages.

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So, there’s a look at the different events on in Cork City Library this Summer to keep your kids entertained – spot anything yours will be into?

For more information, get in touch with Cork City Library through their website.

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