Children's events

When you open the door to your local library, you will begin a magical adventure that will take you into the realms of imagination. Whether you like fairies, football, action or romance, you will find the key to fascinating worlds in every book you read. Why not pick up a registration at your local library and begin your adventure today.


Audio drama and colouring  competition

Two part children’s radio drama, (15min x 2) broadcast on RTE Jnr Radio, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Target age group: 6 to 10 yrs


Meet Charlie, a young boy brim-full of energy and darn it! feelings! So who can he draft in when these feelings simply overwhelm? His big sister Lizzie, his Mum and… wait a minute, his Stripy Pyjamas!  But what can they do? This children’s drama reveals the comic fantasy world of the Stripy Pyjamas and takes us right inside Charlie’s heart while he figures out what to hold on to and what to part with…..

Get colouring!

Why not listen to this adventurous tale, dream up what these characters might look like and where they all hang out and get colouring! Experience what it is like to be an illustrator! Bring the characters to life and pass your finished drawing to the librarian at your local library in Cork County. Children will be doing this all over County Cork. Why not you too?? Don’t forget to put your name, age and parent or guardian’s contact number on the back of your drawing. Some drawings will be picked to put on display in each library and guess what…….the writer, Ann Dalton will display a different drawing each month of the Summer on her website for all to see. There will also be some prizes presented on Cruinniu na nOg 15th June!

 Best of luck everyone and enjoy the story!

Young boy reading on the floor


Looking for a good book to read?

Not sure what to read? We recommend that you try some of the following titles which have all been shortlisted for major book awards. To see if they are available in your Local Library search for them using the Library Catalogue

CBI Book Awards 2018 Shortlist

A Dangerous Crossing by Jane Mitchell

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea written by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Steve McCarthy

Chocolate Cake written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Illegal written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Tangleweed and Brine written by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan

The Space Between by Meg Grehan

CBI Book Awards 2017 Shortlist

Anna Liza and the Happy Practice written by Eoin Colfer
 Billy Button, Telegram Boy Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
Bliain na nAmhrán scriofa ag Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, maisithe ag Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzgerald, Tarsila Krüse agus Christina O’Donovan
 Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton
 Historopedia by Fatti Burke and John Burke
 Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan
 Óró na Circíní agus Scéalta Eile Ón Afraic athinste ag Gabriel Rosenstock, maisithe ag Brian Fitzgerald
 Plain Jane by Kim Hood
The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things by Paul Gamble

If you would like to read any of these books but find they are not available in your local library, why not call in to the desk and we can request a copy for you from another branch.


Ruairi Reading

We offer a number of leaflets which can act as a guide to the most popular reading schemes and series available in our libraries.

It is important to emphasise that these are only rough guides to ages, as all children progress at different levels with their reading.

Reading Scheme 1

Reading Scheme 2

Reading Scheme 3

The fourth guide covers some series we have specifically aimed at struggling and reluctant readers.

Help with reading guide.

We have children's book clubs too in selected areas locations subject to local demand.

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The Library aims to provide books for children which address a range of social and personal issues and can be used by parents and teachers as gentle introductions to complex issues in terms that young children can understand. These include the following subjects:

  • Dealing with feelings and emotions
  • Choosing to do the right thing in different social situations
  • Overcoming fears and anxieties
  • How to make friends and interact with other people
  • Behavioural books
  • First Look series; at different life events and social issues
  • New experiences and how your child can deal with them 

Such books are a great way to introduce social awareness to children and help them to better
understand themselves, others and the world around them. 

Information on the full collection can be found here.


Summer Reading Programme Certificates


Register at your local library to take part in our annual Summer Stars reading programme and receive your Summer Reading Card .

For every book you read during July and August,  a library reward stamp is added to your Summer Reading Card – see how many you can collect!

After the programme, all children who participate will be invited to attend an award event at their local library and will be presented with their award certificate.



children's book festivalEvery October we celebrate the Children's Book Festival with a series of workshops, author visits and competitions.

The brochure of this year's events is available here.

Children's Book Club


We hold children's book clubs too in selected locations subject to local demand.

Please check with your local branch for information.


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Britannica Online

This rich and varied resource caters for 3 different age groups. Please click on the relevant link below to ensure that you access the information that is most suitable to your level of research. This database can be accessed by entering your library card barcode.

JUNIOR (Ages 5-11)

STUDENT (Ages 12-18)

ADULT (Ages 18+)

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online is an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. This database can be accessed here by entering your library card barcode.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online is a gateway that offers users the ability to access the vast resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. The cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, Grove Music Online, has been completely redesigned with a number of functional enhancements and new content. This database can be accessed here by entering your library card barcode.

E-Books and E-Audiobooks

Click here to access the service. You will then need to login using your library card barcode and PIN.

This service offers both E-Audio and E-Books to all library users and these can be enjoyed either on your PC/laptop via the website link (above) or on your mobile device via the BorrowBox app.

For Apple users, visit the iTunes App store and search for BorrowBox. For Android users, visit the Google Play store and search for BorrowBox (one word). For Kindle (Kindle Fire is the only type of Kindle which supports the Borrowbox app) visit the Amazon App store at BorrowBox. Once you have installed the app on your device search for Cork County Library in the 'Library' field provided and then login in the usual way with your library barcode and pin.

A simple user guide is provided here and a list of frequently asked questions and answers to those is provided here. 

If you are having difficulties with accessing or using the service please contact who will help you with your query.

Mary Arrigan

Cork County Library provides a class novel scheme to primary schools in the county. The collection spans junior infants to 6th class level and the scheme operates as follows:
•    Teachers may borrow multiple copies of a title for the period of a school term.   Choose from the list of titles available on the class novel scheme catalogue.
•    Books must be returned promptly to ensure that the next reservation can be filled.  You can return the books to your nearest Cork County Library branch/mobile.
•    Requests should be emailed to stating your school, local branch library/mobile,  preferred title and quantity required. 

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Teachers can now borrow from our Teaching Resource Collection  which includes a large collection of photocopiable resource material on topics including literacy, numeracy, art, behavioural issues etc.  Also available are a selection of books on special needs education including Autism, Aspergers and Dyslexia.  Should you wish to borrow from this collection, please email your requests to

Maggie May

Maggie May's Day tells the story of a day in the life of a four year old Traveller girl who lives in a trailer in her grandparent’s yard and who is attending Preschool with her younger sister. The story incorporates the use of the Traveller Cant language as Maggie May’s life moves between the Traveller community and the settled community. This is Maggie May's story, in her own words.

Her grandmother, Kathleen McDonagh constructed the story and provided the Cant translations for key words which were used in the story.  The story was illustrated by Jim Mellis, Fermoy and the book was launched at Fermoy library on May 16th, 2018.  The project was funded by Creative Ireland, UCC Plus and TNC.  

Maggie May's Day is available to read here.

Collage of Children's Events at the Library



Collage of Children's Events at the Library