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storylabMeath County Council Library Service has a great summer programme full of free events lined up for children in Meath this year. The summer programme will be launched in July in all Meath Libraries with the ‘Story lab’ summer reading scheme. This is a reading scheme for 6 – 12 year olds where children agree to read six books during July and August and in return they get free stickers, Chatterboxes, door hangers, bookmarks, Fridge Magnets, and a certificate & medal of achievement when they have completed the scheme. Some of the larger libraries are running graduation parties for successful readers who complete the programme in August.

Events run throughout the summer and highlights include Magician shows, Lambert puppet shows, summer arts and crafts, dinosaur workshops, Pretty princess workshops, Wimpy Kid Workshops, film clubs and games activity hours. For our younger members there are Thomas the Tank Engine workshops, Dora, Sesame Street workshops and Mr Men workshops, pyjama parties and parent and toddler stories and songs sessions. There is also a chance to see a variety of animals and learn to look after your pets with our sponsor Equipet. The Equipet Roadshow runs in various libraries around the county.

The service is also running an inter library quiz where teams from each of the libraries in Meath compete for the Inter Library Quiz trophy and great prizes. There will also be a chance for all teams to win spot prizes on the day.

For our teenage members the service has organised a number of events.

For the computer and music fans the service is running a Playstation 3 Challenge sponsored by Sony Ireland for the 7– 12 year olds in various libraries, where there is a chance to win great prizes. There are also ‘Avengers’, and Computer Animation workshops. Oldcastle and Ashbourne Libraries are running a libraries got talent competition in August. This competition is open to all children aged between seven and fourteen. The winning prize is a 100 Euro for the contestant that impresses the judges the most.

The summer programme is run in partnership with the Meath County Council Arts Office and details of times and venues for these events can be obtained in any of the Meath County Council Libraries or alternatively on the Library Web page on www.meath.ie.

All these events are free to the public.storylab2

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“Gulliver’s Travels” One Book One Town Launch.
Noel French President of Trim Chamber of Commerce, Councillor William Carey, Executive Librarian Maedhbh Rogan-McGann , County Librarian Ciaran Mangan & County Manager Tom Dowling

Trim Library launched our One Book One Town initiative this week.

One Book One Town is a generic name for a community reading program that attempts to get everyone in a city, town or community to read and discuss the same book. This is the first time we’ve run such a programme in Meath County Council Library Service

We chose Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” for this year’s “One Book One Town” initiative to support the annual Trim Swift Festival which runs from July 6th-8th incl.  “Gulliver’s Travels”  is a timeless classic and has never been out of print since it was first published in 1726.  Since 1726 numerous versions of the book have been published catering for all tastes and reading abilities. 

Our aim here in Trim library is to get as many people as possible to read “Gulliver’s Travels” ahead of this year’s Swift Festival .

 So far 3 of the local schools have been busy reading “Gulliver’s Travels”.  They’ve also been very creative in the classroom.    

The children from Room 7 Senior Infants St. Mary’s GNS made an amazing feltwork tapestry under the tutelage of their teacher Vivienne Leavy and the Felt maker Gabby McGrath.  The tapestry is currently on display in Trim library

Miss Dully’s class of 3rd and 4th class girls from St Mary’s GNS performed a short drama piece on the launch night.   The children acted out the scene where Gulliver has been shipwrecked and finds himself in the land of Lilliput where the people are only a few centimetres high.  He is taken prisoner by a huge number of these tiny people.  At the court of the Emperor he permits himself to be searched and allows some of the little people to go through his pockets.  In the drama the young servants are trying to explain what they found on ‘The Man Mountain’.

 So far about 350 children and 12 adults have read/or are reading “Gulliver’s Travels” as part of our “One Book One Town” initiative so, we’re now throwing the challenge out to the rest of Trim, and the adults in particular, to get reading.

 There is a version of the story available for everyone from the beginner reader to the newly confident young reader, to the reluctant reader, to the adult with literacy difficulties, as well as the full and unabridged classic itself. 

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Books may be borrowed or reserved at Trim Library

 

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Meath County Council Library Service will host an author event with international author Lorna Byrne at Ashbourne Library on May 17th at 7pm.

A message of hope from the angelsLorna has written three books so far outlining her experiences with Angels over the years and messages of hope for all. Her first book ‘Angels in my hair’ was a huge success and her second book ‘Stairways to heaven’ topped the best seller lists all over Ireland and the world. Her latest book ‘A message of Hope from the angels’ is another best seller and all books are available from the library service.

 The event is part of the Library’s Bealtaine events in May.

 Lorna will be in conversation with executive librarian, Mary Murphy.  There will be time for questions from the audience on the night.  Books will be available to buy at the library from Eason Ashbourne.

As there is limited space available is it essential that anyone interested in attending this event must book with the library on 01 8358185. 

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