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Meath County Council Library Service & Meath County Council Arts Office has arranged a wide variety of events to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival this year. The Bealtaine Festival is held nationally in May each year and celebrates creativity among older adults

Events range from holistic and organic workshops to homeopathy and natural medicine workshops with Linda Boxwell in Slane and Duleek Libraries.

There are numerous musical events ranging from Musical Memories from The National Concert Hall, an evening with the County Council Choir and an Irish traditional music presentation on the history of Irish traditional Music in Meath from Anton MacGowan.

The Library Service has also organised art workshops, drama workshops, creative computing workshops and gardening workshops around the county. There is also a storytelling event on Irish legends with storytellers Nuala Hayes and Kate Corkery in Oldcastle, Duleek, Slane and Kells libraries.

Angels in my hairLorna Byrne, International bestselling author of ‘Angels in my hair’ will be visiting Ashbourne Library and discussing her books during this month. At the time of printing this event is fully booked with a reserve list in case of cancellation.

There are also ‘Trace your family tree’ workshops running in Trim, Navan, Dunboyne and Ashbourne Libraries by Local studies Librarian Tom French.

Ashbourne, Dunboyne and Navan Libraries are offering Silver Surfer Sessions, where members of the public can book one to one IT sessions, on searching the web or setting up new email accounts with the Librarian.

There is also a wide range of exhibitions in our libraries from local artists to photo exhibitions. Our libraries have also ordered in new audio books and large print books for the festival.

Brochures and details of all these events are available in any Meath Library and via the library website at http://www.meath.ie/ . All events are free of charge but booking is essential.

 

 

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Meath County Council Library Service have organised number of events running this month to celebrate Science week. Science week  runs from 14- 18th November and the Library has invited schools to attend some great events this year.

‘OMG the Universe is Elemental’ workshops are running in Dunboyne, Navan, Oldcastle and Trim Libraries during the week and these cover elements in the stars, meteors and elements in a star’s birth. These workshops are very kindly sponsored by Forfás.

In Ashbourne Library there will be a Crime Scene Investigation workshop for students from secondary schools which look at how forensics is used in crime scenes. The workshop also includes a chance for some of the students to get suited and booted and go into a pre constructed crime scene to identify and retrieve forensic evidence. The talk will be given CSI World from Leicestershire in the UK and is sponsored by Meath County Council’s Arts office.

Science week is a National event run every year in November.

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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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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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Children’s Book Festival enters its third week.

Chris Judge is an illustrator and painter based in Dublin.   The Lonely Beast is his first picture book for children and was published earlier this year. 

He will be visiting  Navan, Trim, Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin libraries today and tomorrow.  His 40-minute session will include a mix of reading and drawing.  These workshops have been pre-booked by local schools.


From a review by Kim Harte

The Lonely Beast is the first picture book for children by up-and-coming Irish illustrator Chris Judge It’s about a solitary beast who enjoys gardening, reading, standing in the rain and baking. One day he suddenly feels very lonely and sets out to find others like him. His determination to find friends takes him on an epic journey over the mountains and across the sea and to the city where the people dwell. 

The Beast is a solid, black shape on the page, which puts him at odds with his vibrantly coloured surroundings. The story broaches themes of loneliness and belonging which I think will strike a chord with children who are starting playschool or primary school and making friends for the first time. Judge’s work is strongly influenced by comic artists, particularly Herge, and this is a highly original debut from an exciting emerging Irish talent.’

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“Dead hairy” author Debbie Thomas returns to Meath libraries tomorrow as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011.  She’ll visit Trim and Athboy libraries in the morning. 

These events have been pre-booked by local schools.

When Squashy Grandma’s teeth get stuck behind the radiator, Abbie calls the Very Odd Job Man. Matt Platt and his Even Odder daughter Perdita invite Abbie to the Hair Museum, where history has hairstyles and fish have beards. 

Drawn into a hair-raising hunt for Perdita’s mum Coriander, Abbie befriends Fernando, the heartbroken shrunken head of a Spanish conquistador, and Chester, a helpful patch of chest hair. But waddling in the shadows is a fiendish foe: the white-suited, lemon-haired Dr Hubris Klench. Abbie discovers that finding Coriander is one thing but saving the world from Klench’s ‘eefil doinks’ quite another. And who are those hairy hobos holed up with Coriander?
With kidnaps, kooks and creepy crooks, Dead Hairy is a crazy caper of laughter, love and lice crispies. This quirky tale, full of screwballs and pitfalls, will tickle children, parents and squashy grandmas alike.

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“Dead hairy” author Debbie Thomas visits Meath libraries tomorrow as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011.

When Squashy Grandma’s teeth get stuck behind the radiator, Abbie calls the Very Odd Job Man. Matt Platt and his Even Odder daughter Perdita invite Abbie to the Hair Museum, where history has hairstyles and fish have beards. 

Drawn into a hair-raising hunt for Perdita’s mum Coriander, Abbie befriends Fernando, the heartbroken shrunken head of a Spanish conquistador, and Chester, a helpful patch of chest hair. But waddling in the shadows is a fiendish foe: the white-suited, lemon-haired Dr Hubris Klench. Abbie discovers that finding Coriander is one thing but saving the world from Klench’s ‘eefil doinks’ quite another. And who are those hairy hobos holed up with Coriander?
With kidnaps, kooks and creepy crooks, Dead Hairy is a crazy caper of laughter, love and lice crispies. This quirky tale, full of screwballs and pitfalls, will tickle children, parents and squashy grandmas alike.

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