A great choice of books to read and plenty of other activities on offer at Ballyfermot library.

Where can go to read a book, play chess, watch a video, have a disco, visit a storyteller, take part in a quiz, painting and arts and crafts, and all under one roof? The answer is your local library.

Aonghus McAnally outlines the types of books on offer and Nuala Hayes finds out how to join the library. Eileen Corbett of Dublin Corporation's Schools and Libraries section describes the steps involved in becoming a member of the library. They also discuss how the facilities offered by libraries have changed over the years. 

This episode of 'Breakaway' was broadcast on 23 August 1982. The reporter is Aonghus McAnally.

'Breakaway' was a series of seven programmes for young people, which was broadcast from 19 July to 30 August 1982, running for one series only.  It was presented by Aonghus McAnally and Nuala Hayes, and was 

A television programme that wants you to stop watching television.

(RTÉ Guide 16 July 1982).  

Producer Joe O’Donnell had seen a gap in the television schedule for 7-13 year olds, and put together a programme full of ideas and activities to get children through the summer holidays.  Regular items each week included how to fix your bike, fishing trips, street games, song writing, first aid, football skills, and of course a viewers’ competition.