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CRYPTOZOOLOGY. What the heck is THAT? I find it’s most often the kids and not the teachers who know the answer to that one!

Last month myself and Vanessa (my heroine, flawed but very adventurous and clever, as opposed to just flawed) Meath libraries – Ashbourne, Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin to find out just who knew what about Cryptids (creatures like Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster) and cryptozoology (the hunt for these creatures). The questions were fantastic and they seemed to love hearing about the research and science behind the Loch Ness hunt. Some of them have sworn to go after the €50,000 reward that is still up for grabs. I’m definitely making them share it with me though!

Next week we’re hitting the Dublin libraries – Dolphin’s Barn, Raheny, Coolock and Inchicore. This time Vanessa has got herself got all caught up with vampire bats and the Chupacabra (the WHAT!?) in Mexico, and I’ll be reading about her adventures in my second book in the Crytpid Files which is called Mexican Devil. Hope I get some more off the wall questions, the ones that literally make you stop and think. Like how fast exactly can a vampire bat drink cow’s blood? As fast as a baby kitten can lap up milk I believe.

My thanks to all the kids who show such interest and the teachers and the librarians, who without exception, have been fantastic!

Courtesy of Children’s Books Ireland

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Tom Palmer ends his tour of Meath libraries with a trip to Oldcastle library

Children from Gilson NS and Knocktemple NS took part in his Football Reading Game.

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Tom Palmer is busy touring Meath libraries this week-the final week of Children’s Book Festival 2011. 

Tom made it over to us from the U.K. despite the dreadful weather. 

He talked about his two series of books-Foul Play and Football Academy.  He also spoke about his new book Scrum!

He entertained children in Navan and Ashbourne libraries this morning with his Football Reading Game.  Children had to answer football-related questions from today’s papers and from magazines and books.  The kids who answered correctly went into a penalty shoot-out  contest to win the Football Reading Trophy.

He answered lots of interesting quesions from the children and signed autographs and books. 

All the schools were supplied with an advance pack of materials, activities, sample chapters and posters and a selection of his books. 

Here are some photos from Ashbourne Library



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The Ideas Shop Hits Navan

Writer, Sarah Webb reports

On Thursday 13th October we arrived at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan to be greeted by the lovely Maedhbh from the library services. After tucking into tea and toast in the café with fellow Ideas Shoppers, Judi Curtin and Oisin McGann, we all set up our props and waited for the 350 school children to take their seats.

They came from all over Meath, a lovely mix of schools. As we waited nervously backstage, they spilled into the front seats, grinning, and we sneaked a few peaks through the black curtains at their faces. Waiting backstage for an event to start is nerve wracking and I’m always jingling with nerves – will I be OK, will the audience laugh at the right places, will they ask any questions? On this occasion there was nothing at all to worry about, the Meath audience were completely engaged and watched and listened eagerly from the very beginning.

We each spoke first about growing up and what inspired us to be writers. We had a Memory Box on stage – a great big wooden box filled with all our memories. For me it was books I loved as a child, my tutu and ballet shoes and ballet fuzzy felt; for Judi one of her old dolls (very unloved as she pointed out!), old books and diaries; for Oisin an art kit, books, and his special memories of driving diggers and playing in building sites. Oisin lives in Meath and he was a big hit, especially with the boys!

Next we spoke a little about how we write a book – I talked about research and the role that plays in my work, and meeting the elephants in Dublin Zoo; Judi explained how a book is like a Russian Doll, full of different parts (or dolls) that all fit together to produce a story; and Oisin drew a very fab skeleton which he covered in clothes and explained how you add things to the ‘bones’ of a story, a bit like dressing the skeleton.

And finally we all talked about how books live on through our readers – YOU! Which was followed by a lively question and answer session and a super signing.

It was a real pleasure to meet so many fantastic young readers and thanks to CBI, and most especially Maedhbh and her team for organising the event so beautifully.

And look out for me, Judi and Oisin – we’ll be doing some more Ideas Shops very soon.

Sarah Webb XXX

http://www.askamygreen.com or http://www.sarahwebb.ie for more info

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The National Print Museum kick off their tour of Meath libraries tomorrow for Children’s Book Festival 2011.  They’ll visit Dunshaughlin, Dunboyne, Nobber and Rathcairn libraries in the coming days. 

Their are two parts in this workshop and each child will have the opportunity to complete both activities.

Part 1 covers hand-setting and printing.  Children will work with artefacts from the Museum’s collection to hand set and print their names in metal type. The children will learn basic composing skills to construct their names, which will then be inserted into a ‘WANTED’ poster, and printed on The Farley Proofing Press.

Part 2 covers hat-Making.  This section of the workshop will show children how to make old style printers hats, using Origami techniques. They will then have the opportunity to decorate their printer’s hats using a variety of materials.

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Talented comic books artist, Maeve Clancy, visited Trim library last week for Children’s Book Festival 2011. 

Here are some photos from the day.  Looks like we have some very talented artists in Trim!

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Comic book artist Maeve Clancy visited  Duleek library last week as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011. 

She showed the children how to write, design and illustrate their own mini comics.  The children had great fun!

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