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Boyne Art Studio & Meath County Libraries present an evening with well-known writer/artist/designer John Ryan

Author of ‘The Wisdom of Oracles’, Recognising & Changing your Life Patterns, How to engage with Wisdom, Truth & Knowledge

the wisdom of oracles

Tuesday 13th December at 7pm in Dunshaughlin Library

Free Admission – All welcome

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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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Nicola Pierce is a writer and freelance journalist.  She’ll be visiting libraries in Duleek, Ashbourne, Trim and Dunshaughlin Wednesday and Thursday to talk about her first novel for children, Spirit of the Titanic 

She has also ghost-written many novels for adults. 

Fifteen-year-old Sam plunges to his death whilst building his beloved Titanic. Now as the greatest ship the world has ever seen crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Sam finds himself on board – as a ghost.    

His spirit roams the ship, from the glamour of first class to the party atmosphere of third class. Sam shares the excitement of Jim, Isobel and their children – on their way to a new life in America.

Disaster strikes when Titanic hits an iceberg. As Titanic sinks to her icy grave, Jim and his family are trapped behind locked gates … Can Sam’s spirit reach out to save them?

This event for Children’s Book Festival has been pre-booked by local schools. 

Spirit of the Titanic

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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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