Rub-a-Dub Hub

About us


​Rub-a-Dub Hub is the Libraries NI resource for parents/carers of pre-school children.

Knowledge and​ ideas

We provide knowledge and ideas to help parents develop their child’s communication and language skills - because success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school.

Communication and language 

Communication and language are central to your little one’s ability to learn so it is important to develop these skills during the early years. As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher - when they are with you leaning can happen anywhere at any time.

Parental reading

We encourage parents to read with children. The sharing of books, stories, songs and rhymes helps a child’s learning process. It is also a fun and imaginative way to open doors to all sorts of new worlds.


We collaborate with a range of specialists to provide consistent messages about the importance of early engagement with children. Our series of learning clips provide best practice advice for communication and language development. We recommend book titles for specific child related topics and also provide a range of learning activities that make early years learning an enjoyable and meaningful experience for all the family.

Carnegie Library Lab

Rub-a-dub Hub is a project which was developed by Libraries NI as part of Carnegie Library Lab, a programme of work, run by Carnegie Trust UK to enhance innovation and leadership in public libraries.

Carnegie UK Trust seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland through influencing public policy and demonstrating innovative practice. From its inception in 1913 the Trust (and its founder Andrew Carnegie before that date) supported public libraries in the belief that they were the single most effective contribution which could be made to improving the wellbeing of communities. The Trust remains a very strong supporter of libraries and library services.

Carnegie UK Trust​​


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