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Last week we featured a guest blog post from Rathcairn Library about Gabriel Rosenstock’s visits to their library during Children’s Books Festival. We’re delighted today to heat from Gabriel himself:

The first thing you notice about a visit to Ráth Chairn library is the abundance of Irish-language books for young and old and a lovely display of old book covers, featuring classic tales rendered into Irish such as Cú na mBaskerville – no prizes for guessing the original title. A pity we don’t have more bilingual and multilingual displays in our libraries and bookshops. Even from a visual point of view (quite apart from linguistic courtesy), a bilingual or multilingual display of books, covers, posters etc. would be an improvement on the ubiquitous “usual suspects” which become so tiring to the eye.

And what a great pleasure it was to be able to speak in Irish to such a lively group of Gaeltacht children, most of whom were very comfortable with their Gaelic identity and few of whom would remember the mockery endured by many of their parents/grandparents who moved to this fertile spot in County Meath from the harsh, rocky terrain of Connemara.

We had some great fun with classic and modern haiku, reciting and flavouring dozens of samples over three days and, most of all in illustrating them. Mind-boggling were some of the frogs and spiders that found shape and colour in Ráth Chairn over those enchanting days. This was the creation of haiga, or illustrated haiku, and we could have been at it for a month! And when we had enough illustrations, or so I thought, I asked them to try to sing a few haiku. (Their teacher – lucky for them – is a prize-winning sean-nós singer). And they obliged, individually and as little groups. And if you have never heard haiku sung by school children, hybrid songs influenced by rap and sean-nós, well then, you haven’t lived! All in all, a transcultural multi-media experience as rewarding for myself as it was for the children.

Rath Dé ar mhuintir Ráth Chairn!

 Thanks to CBI for this guest blog

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Nobber Library’s Children’s Book Festival is over for another year.  According to Imelda, the branch librarian there, it was the best festival so far!  All author visits were totally different from each other.  “In a world where children have the best of everything I was really impressed with their attention, interaction and courtesy to all the authors.  More of the same next year, please”.

Imelda said that “all events were entertaining for the children and us so-called adults. No two ‘author sessions’ were alike whatsoever”. 

First session was with author David Donohue – “the children loved his totally different approach with words and he engaged them throughout the visit”.

The Wolfling's BiteSecond session was with author and illustrator  Oisin McGann  or was it Annie Graves??– “the children were enthralled by his visit and I loved his encouragement for children to keep reading”.  Imelda reported a number of new visitors to the library that evening.  It’s great to see the author visit translating into new library members and a renewed interest in reading for pleasure. 

Next came Paula Leyden – “her life experiences were fascinating for the children.  They asked loads of questions and were very interested”.  Paula’s first book, The Butterfly Heart won the Eilis Dillon award for a First Children’s Book at the CBI Book Awards

Debbie Thomas’ creative writing workshop lasted one and half hours.  “I thought it would be difficult to engage the children for this length of time, but they were totally engrossed with her.   When she entertained a table of boys for that period it speaks for itself”.  “Many of the class expressed an interest in reading her book “Dead Hairy” after the workshop.  dead hairy

“I’m sure the children from Nobber will be writing books in the future”.

Thanks to Imelda from Nobber Library for this great report.

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Week 3 of Children’s Book Festival 2012 began with a visit of author Alexander Gordon Smith to Ashbourne Library yesterday morning.  he was here to talk about The Fury, his latest series of books for children and teenagers.  Thanks to Faber and Children’s Books Ireland for assisting us with this event.
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Today sees local author/illustrator, Tatyana Feeney, in Athboy library talking about her gorgeous new picture book, Small Bunny’s blue blanket. It’s beautifully illustrated and a lovely book to share with the little ones in your life.

We’re very excited about the impending visit of  The 2 Steves (Skidmore and Barlow)to Meath libraries. They’re flying in from the UK on Wednesday night for 4 booked-out shows in Trim, Ashbourne and Oldcastle libraries.  Between them they’ve published over 150 books.  Their latest series, Action Dogs, is in the shops (and libraries) now.  They’ll be performing their iHero show which is a  lively and funny interactive literary game show based on their I Hero series.

It’s going to be a busy week!

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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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CBI Book of the Year Shortlist 2012!

The CBI Book of the Year Awards, now in their 22nd year, identify, honour and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators. The awards are the most prestigious in Ireland and offer one of the few opportunities for national and international recognition of Irish authors and illustrators.

This year’s list features some incredible titles from the cream of Irish writing and illustrating talent.

Each of the nine titles will compete for six awards, including the Children’s Choice Award voted for by ten junior juries located across the country. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in May. 

Trim Library Junior Book Club are delighted to be one of the junior juries this year.  The children aged between 10 and 12 will be reading through the shortlist over the coming weeks and voting for their favourite title.  All titles can be borrowed from Meath County Council Library Service.    

The nine shortlisted titles for the CBI Book of the Year Award 2012 are as follows:

 

A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL by Roddy Doyle

A book about twelve-year-old Mary, her mother Scarlett, her grandmother Emer and her great-grandmother Tansey. Emer is dying in hospital, and the ghost of her mother Tansey, who died when Emer was three, arrives on the scene to assure her that everything will be alright. She also has plenty to say to the two younger members of the family, and soon all four women find themselves on an unforgettable road trip. Funny, moving, thought-provoking and featuring one of the most likeable ghosts since Casper, the characters and events in this story will stay with you long after you have finished reading.

 

BRUISED by Siobhán Parkinson

‘How does bruising start; is it the booze, the neglect or the slap?

14 year old Jono loves his little sister Julie and would do anything to protect her. The problem is that his mum has some problems with alcohol, meaning that she can’t bring up Jono and Julie the way she should. Once the children’s Gramma passes away, Jono and Julie are left alone, and forced to run away in order to survive. Can Jono still keep his little sister safe?

 

INTO THE GREY by Celine Kiernan

Set in the 1970’s, Into The Grey tells the story of identical teenage twins Patrick and Dominic who are forced to move after a fire destroys their family home. Along with their little sister Dee, their parents and their senile grandmother they struggle to adjust to life in a temporary house. Soon after the move a series of frightening nighttime events begin to worry Patrick and he watches as his beloved twin brother struggles to retain control of his body. Previous inhabitants of their temporary home are struggling to come to terms with their own history and the boy’s fragility allows ghosts and spirits to take hold of them.

MAITRÍÓISCE by Siobhán Parkinson

Nuair a shroicheann Mara trí bliana déag d’aois tá sí ag súil go mór lena bronntanas ach nuair a osclaíonn sí é, athraíonn an scéal. Ní iPod nó seodra atá ann ar chor ar bith ach sraith bábóg maitríóisce ón Rúis. Séad fíne óna sheanmháthair atá ann agus ar dtús níl suim dá laghad aici sa bhronntanas páistiúil seo. Ní hamháin sin ach tá ceann de na bábógíní ar strae!

De réir a chéile, tuigeann Mara go bhfuil stair taobh thiar den bhábóg caillte agus téann sí sa tóir ar an fhírinne faoi bhrí agus scéal na bábóige seo. Lena cara Dorota lena taobh, glacann Mara ról an bleachtaire agus í ag iarraidh níos mó a fhoghlaim faoina gcúlra agus faoi stair na bábóige.

When Mara reaches her thirteenth birthday she looks forward to her present but when she finally opens it, it’s a different story. It is not an iPod or jewellery but a series of Russian dolls. They turn out to be an heirloom from her grandmother and at first Mara has no interest whatsoever in this seemingly childish present. If that weren’t bad enough, one of the dolls turns out to be missing.

As time progresses, Mara begins to understand the history surrounding the missing doll and she intuitively goes in pursuit of the truth behind the Russian dolls. With her friend Dorota by her side, Mara assumes the role of detective in an attempt to track down the missing doll and to uncover more about her own interesting heritage.

MY DAD IS TEN YEARS OLD: AND IT’S PURE WEIRD by Mark O’Sullivan

‘His name is Jimmy. They told us not to call him Dad any more. It might freak him out. More than he’s already freaked out, if that’s possible.’

 Eala’s dad has had an accident. My Dad is Ten Years Old is the story of how she and her family tackle the aftermath. After a brain injury leaves him with the mental age of a ten year old, it is up to Eala and her brother to discover their dad’s past to begin rebuilding their future. Filled with honesty and heartbreak,My Dad is Ten Years Old takes you to the darker reality of personal tragedy.

Ó CHRANN GO CRANN le Caitríona Hastings agus Andrew Whitson (illus.)

Tá cailín óg d’arbh ainm Nia chun bogadh óna teach álainn faoin tuath chuig teach nua sa chathair mar go bhfuair a Dhaid post nua ansin. Níl sí róshásta faoi seo mar go mbeidh uirthi a chairde sa phobal agus sa scoil go léir a fhágáil. Faighimid amach gurb iad na préacháin ag bun an ghairdín an dream a mbeidh níos brónaí fúthu agus í ag fágáil. Léirítear dúinn go mbíodh na préacháin agus súgradh le Nia i gcónaí agus go raibh sí in ann bráth orthu nuair a bhíodh sí faoi ghruaim.

A young girl named Nia is about to move from her idyllic home in the countryside to a new house in her city, where her father has just been offered a new job. She is rather upset about this as she will be forced to leave her friends, her community and in particular her precious crows who congregate in the oak tree at the bottom of her garden to play with her every day.

STUCK by Oliver Jeffers

 “A tale of trying to solve a problem by throwing things at it.”

Stuck tells the tale of Floyd, who has managed to get his kite stuck up a tree. To try and get it down he throws his shoe at it and…that gets stuck too! Oh dear, what will he do next? The answer might surprise you as Floyd’s unusual response to the problem gets way out of hand!

THE BUTTERFLY HEART by Paula Leyden

 This is a lyrical story from the butterfly heart of Africa. Sisters Bul-Boo and Madillo are worried about their friend Winifred, who has lost her gentle smile and no longer puts up her hand in class. Then the twins discover her secret: she is to be married off to her uncle’s friend, who drinks heavily and is old enough to be her grandfather. While Winifred has become resigned to her fate, her friends are determined to put a stop to the marriage. But what can they do? They ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Will he be too late to save their friend?

WILL GALLOWS AND THE SNAKE-BELLIED TROLL by Derek Keilty

Will Gallows is a young elfing sky cowboy who is riding out on an dangerous quest. His mission? To bring Noose Wormworx the evil snake-bellied troll, to justice. Noose is wanted for the murder of Will’s pa, and Will won’t stop until he’s got revenge!

 

 Text courtesy of CBI

www.childrensbooksireland.ie

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The annual Children’s book festival by Meath County Council Library Service kicks off this Monday (October 3rd).  All through October school children will visit Meath Libraries to see authors, illustrators, storytellers, and take part in drama and poetry workshops throughout the county.

The festival will be launched this week by Author/Illustrator Oisín McGann in Ashbourne and Navan Libraries where Oisín will host comic book workshops for the children.

Other visiting authors include Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb, Malachy Doyle, Nicola Pierce, Chris Judge, and Debbie Thomas.

This year the Library Service extends a warm welcome to Authors Tom Palmer and Andy Briggs from the UK and the Celtic Rathskallions travelling all the way from Canada.

The schoolchildren will also be entertained by Penelope Moorhead’s creative drama workshops and poetry workshops hosted by Tom French.

Competition

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.

Sponsors

The Library Service is very grateful to the many local businesses that have sponsored the Festival such as the Newgrange Hotel, The Headfort Arms Hotel, Brogans Hotel Trim, The Ashbourne Marriott hotel and Trim Castle Hotel, Children’s Books Ireland and Solstice Arts Centre.

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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Children's Book Festival 2011 Poster

Children's Book Festival 2011 Poster

The Children’s Book Festival kicks off next month across the library network with 89 events to cater for all interests and age groups. – We’re looking forward to the penalty shoot-outs with soccer fanatic Tom Palmer, and Tarzan will be swinging from the rafters in Solstice promoting the revamped series by Andy Briggs.

We have plenty of home-grown talent too with return appearances from the much-loved Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb and Oisin McGann.

New to the festival programme are first-time children’s authors Nicola Pierce, Chris Judge and Debbie Thomas.

For the comic books fans we have some interesting comic book workshops running in a number of our libraries.

Finally we have storytellers, drama workshops, poetry writing and Canadian dance and music to wrap it all up. Enjoy!

All events are FREE.

Bookings via your local library.

Bookings are for schools only.

Children’s Book Festival Events in Meath Libraries 2011

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