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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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Small bunny's blue blanket

An adorable bunny has those blanket-in-the-wash blues!

When Mummy decides that Blue Blanket needs a wash, Small Bunny is worried. After all, Blue Blanket is perfect just the way it is. Will it feel the same afterwards? Will he love it as much? Find out in this whimsical tale of love, loss, and laundry!

To celebrate the recent publication of her first picture book, Small bunny’s blue blanket, Tatyana Feeney has an exhibition of her illustrations in Trim library.

Tatyana Feeney grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She studied History of Art at the University of North Carolina and Design at the Art Institute of Atlanta before getting a BA in Illustration for Children’s Publishing from NEWI in Wales. She has illustrated several books with Irish publishers, including three in the Irish language. She has also done illustrations for websites and cards. Tatyana lives in Trim, County Meath with her husband, two children and small dog.

 Tatyana has illustrated the following books: Snobby Cat, An Run Mor, An Nollaig Sa Naigin, and Where’s MurphySmall bunny’s blue blanket is Tatyana’s first solo picture book, which she both wrote and illustrated.  


All Tatyana’s books may be borrowed in Meath County Council Library Service.   

The exhibition will run in Trim Library until Wednesday May 23rd.  Viewing during library opening hours.

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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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 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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Here Niamh Sharkey talks about becoming Ireland’s new Laureate na nÓg.


Laureate na nÓg is an exciting project recognising the role and importance of literature for children.

 The laureateship is currently held by illustrator Niamh Sharkey. Niamh is the second person to be awarded this unique honour and will hold the title for a period of two years until 2014.

Niamh Sharkey is an award‐winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books. Her books have won numerous awards.  Niamh’s books have been translated into over twenty languages.

Niamh is the Creator and Co‐Producer of The Happy Hugglemonsters ‐ a 52 episode pre‐school series, based on her book I’m a Happy Hugglewug developed in association with the Irish Film Board and currently in production with Oscar nominated Brown Bag Films, for Disney Worldwide. It will air in over 150 countries in 2013.

All Niamh Sharkey’s books are available to borrow in Meath Libraries

Text courtesy of Laureate na nOg website. 

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Queen of Teen has to be the most glitzy and glamorous award in the world of books, rewarding the UK’s favourite authors of teen fiction. The award was founded in 2008 to celebrate the fantastic teen and tween authors who bring so much enjoyment to their readers, dealing with real-life issues in a way that is honest, entertaining and fun!logo

The 2012 Queen of Teen contenders are:

Books by all shortlisted authors may be borrowed at Meath County Library.

You have until Monday 25th June 2012 to vote for your favourite author to be crowned Queen of Teen 2012.

get voting!

The winner will be announced on Friday 6th July

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The Trim library junior book club put together a list of the best books they’ve read this year.  Harry Potter is still proving to be a firm favourite with our group of 8-10 year-olds.  But the big hit this year was undoubtedly The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff  Kinney and the latest offering, Cabin Fever, in particular. 

All books can be ordered online and borrowed from any of our Meath libraries


Anna, aged 10, loved Diary of a lottery winner’s daughter by Penelope Bush

Molly, aged 8, loved the entire Diary of a wimpy kid series and Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone

Minh, aged 9, chose Harry Potter and the goblet of fire as well as Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Sophie, aged 9, is a big fan of the Diary of a wimpy kid series and loved Mr. Stink by David Walliams

Caoimhe, aged 9, chose this month’s book club choice, Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo, as her favourite book of the year

Donal, aged 8, is another Harry Potter fan and loved Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

Daniel, aged 8, is another Wimpy kid fan and also chose a Michael Morpurgo book, Billy the Kid, as his choice of the year

Jack, aged 9,  also loved Billy the kid and the Wimpy kid series

And finally, Hannah, aged 9, loved Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

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