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Comics writer, Alan Nolan, presented two 90 minute workshops last week in Oldcastle Library for Children’s Book Festival 2012.    Children from Ballinacree and Oldcastle were the lucky ones to head down to the library for this fun event.death by chocolate

Alan Nolan is a comics writer, graphic designer and artist.  He is the creator of The Big Break Detectives Casebook, a graphic novel for younger readers, and the Murder can be Fatal mysteries.

The illustration session was well structured and easy to follow and the children really enjoyed drawing the comic book characters.   Alan was very patient with the children and in return the children were very attentive.   Alan was well able to adapt to the level and abilities of all the young children.  There was a very positive response from both teachers and children.

Thanks to Anne in Oldcastle Library for the report
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Children’s Book Festival Programme 2012

All libraries in County Meath are gearing up for Children’s Book Festival 2012 with events planned covering the entire month of October. One hundred events are planned to spark the imagination of young readers!


We have everything from readings by popular authors, to writing and comics workshops, plus storytelling and competitions as part of the line-up.
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Headlining this year’s festival are Anthony Horowitz who published the last book in his
Power of Five Series, Oblivion, Marita Conlon McKenna (The Children of the Famine Trilogy), and literary superstar Eoin Colfer who will be celebrating the publication of the last title in his phenomenally successful Artemis Fowl series, Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian. The 2 Steves (Skidmore and Barlow) visit us from the UK. Between them they’ve published over 150 books. Another author visiting us from the UK is Alexander Gordon Smith, author of the terrifying Escape from Furnace series.

Other authors visiting individual library branches include Alan Early whose first book Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent has enjoyed extensive media coverage and has been hailed as the Irish Percy Jackson. Alan Nolan will be here as well with his graphic including The Big Break Detectives Casebook, Death by Chocolate and Six Million Ways to Die published by O’Brien Press and there’s more…

Nicola Pierce will give four readings based on her novel Spirit of the Titanic, now in its fifth reprint since publication last year. And staying with Titanic, Michel Moylan’s Irish History Live will present an interactive show to his audiences on the making of the ship, how it was powered, the class system on board, how the ship sank and more. Michael’s living history shows never fail to enthral his audiences and are booked out on announcement whenever he comes to Meath.

Other authors who will celebrate this year’s festival with us include Gerry Boland, Joe O’Brien, Erika McGann, Tatyana Feeney, Chris Judge and Oisin McGann and CBI Children’s Book of the Year winner Celine Kiernan.

Storytellers Billy Teare and Kathleen O’Sullivan are regular performers at Meath’s Children’s Book Festival and never fail to entertain and delight audiences of all ages with their folktales, myths and legends, from all around the world. We’re also delighted to welcome The Storytelling Caravan to Meath for the first time

Hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced artists are always popular and this year classes can choose from creative writing workshops with Debbie Thomas and Paula Leyden, illustration master classes with Adrienne Geoghegan, or comic book workshops with Alan Nolan.

Tina-Mation has come on board yet again for our annual colouring competition. Entry forms can be picked up at your local library. There are some great arty prizes for the winners and their schools.

By visiting the Children’s Books Ireland’s website children can find out how they might win fabulous prizes for their school by designing a book jacket or writing a short story

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Don’t forget to visit your local library and keep an eye on www.meath.ie/library for full details of all events.

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Children’s Book Festival Events in Meath Libraries

 

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, a not to be missed, sit on the edge of your seat event as Eoin 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. Book your place at Ashbourne Library on 018358185.

We’re very excited about the visit of Anthony Horowitz to County Meath.  Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK And Ireland’s most popular contemporary children’s writers.  Both Alex Rider and The Power of Five are Number 1 Best-selling series.  His books have won numerous awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award.  His Alex Rider books have sold over 13 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.   He will be promoting his latest book, Oblivion.  This is the fifth, and final, book in The Power of Five series. 

Award winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna, one of Ireland’s best selling novelists is also headlining the festival. Her children’s book ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ has sold more than 500,000 copies.

Other visiting authors include Gerry Boland, David Donoghue, Tatyana Feeney, Alan Early, Brian Gallagher, Adrienne Geoghegan, Oisín McGann, Nicola Pierce, Joe O’Brien, Alexander Gordon Smith, Debbie Thomas, Alan Nolan, and Erika McGann.

This year the Library Service extends a warm welcome to comic authors Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore from the UK and the Celtic Rathskallions travelling all the way from Canada. The schoolchildren will also be entertained by the Cork Circus workshop using Indian puppetry, magic and music and Imagination Gym workshops.

RTE’s Tina Mation from the Den has also organised a colouring competition in all the libraries where children from 3 years to 9 years can enter and not only win a prize for themselves but also a fabulous school prize for the overall winners.

The Library Service is very grateful to the many local businesses that have sponsored the Festival such as the Newgrange Hotel, Brogans Hotel Trim, The Pillo Hotel Ashbourne and Trim Castle Hotel.

The festival runs throughout October and also includes some Halloween arts & crafts workshops in various libraries. For details on any of these events check with your local library or view the library webpage on http://www.meath.ie/ , ‘Meath County Library’ on Facebook or @MeathLibrary on Twitter.

 

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Author Alan Nolan

March is a busy month for Meath County Council Library Service. The first two weeks include events such as Seachtain na Gaeilge,World Book day and St. Patricks day. The Library Service have been busy organising a wide range of events for all ages to celebrate.

World Book Day was celebrated on Thursday 1st March and the service organised schools events with Children’s Authors Alan Nolan and David Donohoe in Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Navan and Trim Libraries. Alan Nolan has published graphic novels for younger children. Alan engaged the school children in producing their own graphic novels on the day. David Donohoe has written books on spelling backwards and has appeared on many TV shows and radio and David talked to the children about his books and showed them how to spell backwards.

Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from the 5th to the 17th March and events include tráth na gceist competitions in Navan, Dunboyne, Trim, Rathcairn, Dunshaughlin, Oldcastle and Ashbourne Libraries. School children from 5th and 6th classes are invited to send teams for the event. There is a chance to win spot prizes and the Library cup goes to the winning school in each area. For the 3rd and 4th classes the library service has organised bingo as gaeilge in Trim library with opportunities to win spot prizes and book vouchers. Trim is also organising St Patrick’s Day arts and crafts for the under 6s on Tuesday 15th March.

Events for adults include a chance to see well known author Monica McInerney at Navan Library on Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm. The music appreciation club at Ashbourne Library will also have an Irish theme celebrating all types of Irish music during the month of March, with special guests Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann on March 14th at 11am.

The Library service also holds a wide range of books in Irish for all ages.
For more details on any of these events contact your nearest library or the Library web site on www.meath.ie

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