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Crazy Daizy

Come along and join Crazy Daizy for storytime, songs & rhyme at the regular Parent & Toddler group meeting in Navan Library on Wednesday 9th November 2011 from 10:15 – 11:15. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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At the most recent meeting of the age 11~12 junior book club in Navan library the children discussed the book Tall Story by Candy Gourlay.

The book tells the story of Andi who hasn’t seen her brother for eight years and when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. He’s tall. EIGHT FOOT TALL. But Bernardo is not what he seems. Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell. Tall Story has won the inaugural Crystal Kite Award for Europe 2011 and here is what some of the children thought of it.

Annie: Tall story is a sad, funny story and I really enjoyed it.Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

Ciara: I think Tall Story was very good, funny, sad and descriptive. It’s about an eight foot tall 16 year old boy that lives in thePhilippines.

Jennifer: A funny, sweet fairytale.

Molly: I thought it was really really interesting and once you start reading it it’s very hard to stop.

Nadya: I thought it was sad, funny and interesting.

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Tom Palmer is busy touring Meath libraries this week-the final week of Children’s Book Festival 2011. 

Tom made it over to us from the U.K. despite the dreadful weather. 

He talked about his two series of books-Foul Play and Football Academy.  He also spoke about his new book Scrum!

He entertained children in Navan and Ashbourne libraries this morning with his Football Reading Game.  Children had to answer football-related questions from today’s papers and from magazines and books.  The kids who answered correctly went into a penalty shoot-out  contest to win the Football Reading Trophy.

He answered lots of interesting quesions from the children and signed autographs and books. 

All the schools were supplied with an advance pack of materials, activities, sample chapters and posters and a selection of his books. 

Here are some photos from Ashbourne Library



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The Ideas Shop Hits Navan

Writer, Sarah Webb reports

On Thursday 13th October we arrived at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan to be greeted by the lovely Maedhbh from the library services. After tucking into tea and toast in the café with fellow Ideas Shoppers, Judi Curtin and Oisin McGann, we all set up our props and waited for the 350 school children to take their seats.

They came from all over Meath, a lovely mix of schools. As we waited nervously backstage, they spilled into the front seats, grinning, and we sneaked a few peaks through the black curtains at their faces. Waiting backstage for an event to start is nerve wracking and I’m always jingling with nerves – will I be OK, will the audience laugh at the right places, will they ask any questions? On this occasion there was nothing at all to worry about, the Meath audience were completely engaged and watched and listened eagerly from the very beginning.

We each spoke first about growing up and what inspired us to be writers. We had a Memory Box on stage – a great big wooden box filled with all our memories. For me it was books I loved as a child, my tutu and ballet shoes and ballet fuzzy felt; for Judi one of her old dolls (very unloved as she pointed out!), old books and diaries; for Oisin an art kit, books, and his special memories of driving diggers and playing in building sites. Oisin lives in Meath and he was a big hit, especially with the boys!

Next we spoke a little about how we write a book – I talked about research and the role that plays in my work, and meeting the elephants in Dublin Zoo; Judi explained how a book is like a Russian Doll, full of different parts (or dolls) that all fit together to produce a story; and Oisin drew a very fab skeleton which he covered in clothes and explained how you add things to the ‘bones’ of a story, a bit like dressing the skeleton.

And finally we all talked about how books live on through our readers – YOU! Which was followed by a lively question and answer session and a super signing.

It was a real pleasure to meet so many fantastic young readers and thanks to CBI, and most especially Maedhbh and her team for organising the event so beautifully.

And look out for me, Judi and Oisin – we’ll be doing some more Ideas Shops very soon.

Sarah Webb XXX

http://www.askamygreen.com or http://www.sarahwebb.ie for more info

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Share an evening of stories and songs with Irish emigrant and Navan native Seán McCabe  tonight at 7 pm in Navan library. 
The musician and author of ‘A Good Deed and Other Stories’ will give a humorous insight into life in Navan during the 1980’s. So come along and join us as we turn the clocks back and reminisce with a visiting Navan native.

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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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This exciting session is presented by popular Irish authors Judi Curtin, Oisin McGann and Sarah Webb.  The three authors will cover the basics of creating stories, generating ideas, research, creating characters and plots, all presented in a theatrical style. 

From "The evil hairdo" by Oisin McGann

Solstice Arts Centre is kindly hosting this event to cater for the huge demand.

More than 300 local schoolchildren will get to see their favourite authors as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011. 

Antonia’s Bookstore will provide a pop-up bookshop after the event so children can buy books and get them personally signed.

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