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Meath County Library,  in conjunction with Solstice Arts Centre is celebrating the Mary Lavin Season in this, the centenary year of Mary’s birth.

As part of the programme to bring the works of Lavin both to  new audiences and to the many readers who are re-visting the writer’s wonderful literary oeuvre , Meath County Library hosted an evening on the work of Mary Lavin the writer,  with Eileen Battersby as the guest speaker,  on Wednesday 14th November in Navan library.

Eileen Battersby is the author of Second Readings: From Beckett to Black Beauty as well as of Ordinary Lives : A Story of Two Dogs.  Eileen is literary correspondent with the Irish Times and a four- times winner of the National Arts Journalist of the Year Award.

The evening was introduced by Diarmuid Peavoy, son-in-law of Mary Lavin. He spoke about Lavin in the context of the familial relationship, her childhood in the United States and the family’s move to her maternal home of Athenry before the family settled in Bective.

Librarian Tom French followed by delivering a sensitve interpretation of  Lavin’s Let me Come Inland  Always.

Eileen Battersby addressed the capacity audience of Lavin devotees with a perspiacious exploration of Lavin the writer, her influences and her place in the pantheon of great Irish and international short story writers.  She was of the opinion that Mary Lavin’s greatest output was during the period of her widowhood. Comparisons were made with Joyce’s The Dead in the context of the style of her stories,  in particular the power of rhythm and repitition in both authors’ works.

Eileen Battersby went on to talk about The New Yorker magazine, the prestigious publisher of the fiction of great American writers such as F. Scott Fitgerald, Eudora Welty, John Updike and Peter Taylor, and how it was instrumental in getting Mary Lavin published and available to an international readership.

Eileen believes in the international importance of Mary Lavin’s work to the extent that she is convinced  it is now  time to consider commemorating  Lavin’s legacy by inaugurating an international story competition in her name.

 Writer Michael Harding will continue the celebration of the  Mary Lavin centenary  on Thursday 22nd November at 7.30 in Navan library . This contributor to the series  has published 3 novels and is a noted short-story writer and playwright.

Below in company with Eileen Battersby in Navan library are  Diarmuid Peavoy and Eoin Peavoy

Mary Lavin talk- Eileen Battersby

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The annual Children’s Book Festival takes place this October and is organised by Meath County Council’s Library Service.  All through October school children will visit Meath Libraries to see authors, illustrators, storytellers, and take part in drama and circus workshops throughout the county.

The festival will be launched at a public event in Ashbourne Library on Saturday 6th October by author Eoin Colfer

Download the Meath CBF Brochure 2012, for details on all events.

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A not to be missed, sit on the edge of your seat event as Eoin Colfer takes you on an adrenaline fuelled exposé of teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, and talks about the eagerly anticipated FINAL instalment in the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian. There will be a book shop at this event.  Eoin will also sign books afterwards.

This is a FREE event but booking is essential through Ashbourne Library at (01) 8358185.   

Artemis Fowl is a phenomenally successful series of eight science fantasy novels, starring teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. Colfer once summed up the series as: “Die Hard” with fairies.

Eoin’s first book, Benny and Omar, was published back in 1998.  He has also written several other books such as The Supernaturalist and Airman.  Included in his legends series is every librarian’s favourite book…The Legend of Spud Murphy (a truly terrifying librarian!)

Eoin has also written books for adults.   He was commissioned to write the sixth instalment of Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy” entitled And Another Thing…He also also published Plugged, another book for adults last year. 

Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (a primary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by a number of other books. Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon”. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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Trim Library was very busy today (Saturday July 7th) celebrating both the Swift Satire Festival and the annual  Mickey McKenna Music Festival.

Author and illustrator, Oisin McGann, facilitated a comic book workshop based on Gulliver’s Travels for children. 

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AltEnts gave some taster workshops for children and teens in traditional music and rock guitar.  The annual Mickey McKenna celebration concert takes place tonight in the library at 8pm. 

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Trim Library

“Gulliver’s Travels” One Book One Town Launch.
Noel French President of Trim Chamber of Commerce, Councillor William Carey, Executive Librarian Maedhbh Rogan-McGann , County Librarian Ciaran Mangan & County Manager Tom Dowling

Trim Library launched our One Book One Town initiative this week.

One Book One Town is a generic name for a community reading program that attempts to get everyone in a city, town or community to read and discuss the same book. This is the first time we’ve run such a programme in Meath County Council Library Service

We chose Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” for this year’s “One Book One Town” initiative to support the annual Trim Swift Festival which runs from July 6th-8th incl.  “Gulliver’s Travels”  is a timeless classic and has never been out of print since it was first published in 1726.  Since 1726 numerous versions of the book have been published catering for all tastes and reading abilities. 

Our aim here in Trim library is to get as many people as possible to read “Gulliver’s Travels” ahead of this year’s Swift Festival .

 So far 3 of the local schools have been busy reading “Gulliver’s Travels”.  They’ve also been very creative in the classroom.    

The children from Room 7 Senior Infants St. Mary’s GNS made an amazing feltwork tapestry under the tutelage of their teacher Vivienne Leavy and the Felt maker Gabby McGrath.  The tapestry is currently on display in Trim library

Miss Dully’s class of 3rd and 4th class girls from St Mary’s GNS performed a short drama piece on the launch night.   The children acted out the scene where Gulliver has been shipwrecked and finds himself in the land of Lilliput where the people are only a few centimetres high.  He is taken prisoner by a huge number of these tiny people.  At the court of the Emperor he permits himself to be searched and allows some of the little people to go through his pockets.  In the drama the young servants are trying to explain what they found on ‘The Man Mountain’.

 So far about 350 children and 12 adults have read/or are reading “Gulliver’s Travels” as part of our “One Book One Town” initiative so, we’re now throwing the challenge out to the rest of Trim, and the adults in particular, to get reading.

 There is a version of the story available for everyone from the beginner reader to the newly confident young reader, to the reluctant reader, to the adult with literacy difficulties, as well as the full and unabridged classic itself. 

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Books may be borrowed or reserved at Trim Library


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Following appeals on yesterday’s Six One News and in the National Newspapers the identity of the Good Samaritan who returned the book ‘The Eucharistic Congress 1932 a Pictorial Record’ to Navan Library 80 years after it was borrowed remains a mystery. Despite assurances from County Librarian Ciaran Mangan that the library would not levy the €4160 fine, to date nobody has come forward to explain the mystery of where the book has been all this time. However we have had many people coming into Navan Library to see the book which is currently on display and we very kindly received this photograph from Sean Reilly, Kells that his father brought home following his attendance of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932.

 Eucharistic Congress 1932

If you happen to have any other photographs, mementos or stories from the Congress, Navan Library would be very interested in hearing from you, it goes without saying that we would also love to hear from the Good Samaritan that returned it to the library for others to enjoy.

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It’s official, crafts are trendy!

Whether it is because of the urge to recycle, the economic climate or the presence of craft advocates like Kirstie Allsop on our television screens there is no denying that there are a growing number of women and men discovering and falling in love with the world of crafts. No longer the domain of hippies and old ladies, crafts are cool. 

Sewing, crochet, patchwork, decoupage and jewellery making are all making a comeback. A few hours spent working with a favourite material can result in a unique item of clothing, a new accessory or something for the home that won’t be seen in anyone elses house .

Anyone who enjoys to craft and who has a love of what they do are more than willing to share their knowledge and ideas with others. To celebrate this resurgence in crafts Navan Library will be running an adult craft group called ‘Needles & Pins’ starting every Tuesday from 5th of June 6.30~8.30. So bring along your chosen craft and share it with the group.

No booking is required & everyone is welcome contact Susanne on 046~9021134 for more details


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