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Children’s author, Maddie Stewart, had the undivided attention of the children in Kells library this morning.  She read some of her own stories, including  Bertie Rooster, to them.  She encouraged their teacher to act out as a naughty child in one of her own poems.  This went down very well with the junior and senior infants class! And the children tapped and stamped their way through another interactive Maddie poem.

Maddie in Kells library

Maddie’s heading to Dunboyne library tomorrow morning and the children of Dunboyne are in for a real treat.

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Author Jean Flitcroft visits Ashbourne, Dunshaughlin and Dunboyne  this week to tell us all about weird and wonderful cryptids.

The Cryptid Files: Loch Ness

Vanessa Day, a twelve year old Irish girl goes on holiday to Scotland clutching her mother’s Cryptid file on Nessie, the creature who lurks in the depths of Loch Ness.  Perhaps she will be the one to fulfil her mother’s legacy and prove that Nessie, the most famous cryptid of them all, truly exists. Set against the eerie stillness of the loch, it’s an exciting story filled with monsters, mystery and magic. Vanessa gets her wish but with surprising consequences.

The Cryptid Files: Mexican Devil

Vanessa found herself looking straight into a large, salivating mouth with razor-sharp fangs. Above it, two glowing red eyes pulsed to the sound of her heart…’

 Vanessa’s summer holiday on a ranch in Mexico is turned upside down as she enters a shadowy world of mysterious animal death, magical curses and dark family secrets. As she tumbles headlong into the mystery of El Chupacabra she starts to understand why some call it the Mexican Devil.   

 In this, the second book of the Cryptid Files series, Jean Flitcroft once again takes us by the hand and leads us deep into her world of myth, magic and monsters.


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Children’s author Maddie Stewart is in Meath today and tomorrow to share stories with our younger readers in Kells and Dunboyne.

To celebrate Children’s Book Festival, she will also run creative writing and illustration workshops with older children in the same venues.

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Children’s Book Festival continues…

Penelope Moorhead is in the middle of  a whistle-stop tour of Meath libraries this week bringing drama to our libraries in Duleek,Dunboyne, Slane, Trim and Oldcastle.

Penelope is a Speech, Drama and Communication teacher.  She also travels throughout Ireland as an examiner and adjudicator in Speech and Drama. Her workshops will offer an encouraging, fun and inclusive approach to drama aiming to engage all the children in the drama activities, the themed work and in the subsequent presentation and/or discussion.

Later on this week, poet and librarian extraordinaire, Tom French will be visiting Duleek and Dunshaughlin libraries to facilitate poetry workshops

Tom has published two poetry collections with The Gallery Press.  He also works in the library service in our local studies department.  In these writing workshops, the children will discuss some famous poems which they can then use as a springboard for their own ideas and begin writing their own poetry.

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Today marks the start of our annual Children’s Book Festival.  Kicking off this year’s festival is popular author and illustrator Oisin  McGann. He will run four comic book workshops in Navan, Ashbourne, Trim and Dunboyne libraries.

These workshops have been pre-booked by schools.

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