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On Friday morning, the 6th of October, the library in Kells was filled to the brim with children eagerly awaiting the arrival of the author Nicola Pierce, writer of the book “Spirit of the Titanic”. The atmosphere was electric and snippets of conversation could be heard amongst the children, excitedly discussing the Titanic and the story behind the first “unsinkable” ship ever to be built.
Spirit of the Titanic

When Nicola arrived she had the children and staff captivated with her story of how she came to write her book. How she had a “Eureka” moment of deciding to write the main character as a ghost (Samuel Joseph) who witnessed first hand who was on board the ship, what happened to the families Joseph came to know, the staff who worked on board, the differences between first, second and third class.

Nicola told her story through pictures, photographs and personal effects. She made the story of the Titanic come alive in front of us, from the beginning of how it was built, the people who worked on it, the photograph of the ship taken off the coast of Ireland. How it looked so frail against the might of the ocean, compared to the way the boat seemed so majestic whilst at port.

The amount of facts that we all learned through Nicola about the Titanic, like how the fourth funnel did not work – it was really only for show. Also how the men on the crow’s nest did not have binoculars to use for looking out for icebergs, as they were locked away in a locker and the only man who had the key had been taken off the boat just before she sailed.

When Nicola had finished her talk, the reaction from the children was magical. All wanted to ask questions and find out more. It was amazing the amount of children who said they had a distant relative or knew someone who did who had been on the ship.

I would thoroughly recommend every one – from children to grandparents to read the book – it is a brilliant story based on a true story of a ship that was meant to be unsinkable. Nicola Pierce is a wonderful author and storyteller.

Report from Claudine in Kells Library

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 Bealtaine Poster


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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Rab Fulton visits Navan, Trim, Kells and Nobber libraries on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

A native of Scotland, Rab has lived in Ireland for over a decade now, during which time he has built up a considerable repertoire of traditional and original material suitable for children aged from 3 years right up to adults of 70+!  

Rab has also chalked up a considerable international reputation, delighting audiences at many arts and literary festivals at home and abroad. In his 40 minute session he will tell a mixture of stories from around the world, including stories from Ireland and Scotland.

These sessions have been pre-booked by local schools.

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Malachy Doyle is visiting Ashbourne, Dunshaughlin, Kells and Oldcastle libraries this Thursday and Friday as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011.   He will entertain children of all ages with his stories.

Malachy Doyle has written numerous books for children of all ages.  His books have won many awards including the IBBY Honour Award and the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize, Silver Award.

Here’s Malachy’s advice for young writers

a. Use your own voice. Write the way you talk. Don’t try to be too clever or ‘literary’.
b. Write about things you care about, things that matter to you. Take some ‘real life’, add some ‘what if’.
c. Think about your characters: get to really know them.
d. Have an interesting, fast-moving beginning — try and get into the action straight away. Keep the energy of the story going all the way through, and round things off neatly at the end.
e. Stick at it. Craft it, till you’re proud of it — till it’s the best way to tell the story.
f. Write with energy and write with enjoyment — don’t forget, it’s supposed to be fun.
g. Read, read, read! Write, write, write!

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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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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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