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Nobber Library’s Children’s Book Festival is over for another year.  According to Imelda, the branch librarian there, it was the best festival so far!  All author visits were totally different from each other.  “In a world where children have the best of everything I was really impressed with their attention, interaction and courtesy to all the authors.  More of the same next year, please”.

Imelda said that “all events were entertaining for the children and us so-called adults. No two ‘author sessions’ were alike whatsoever”. 

First session was with author David Donohue – “the children loved his totally different approach with words and he engaged them throughout the visit”.

The Wolfling's BiteSecond session was with author and illustrator  Oisin McGann  or was it Annie Graves??– “the children were enthralled by his visit and I loved his encouragement for children to keep reading”.  Imelda reported a number of new visitors to the library that evening.  It’s great to see the author visit translating into new library members and a renewed interest in reading for pleasure. 

Next came Paula Leyden – “her life experiences were fascinating for the children.  They asked loads of questions and were very interested”.  Paula’s first book, The Butterfly Heart won the Eilis Dillon award for a First Children’s Book at the CBI Book Awards

Debbie Thomas’ creative writing workshop lasted one and half hours.  “I thought it would be difficult to engage the children for this length of time, but they were totally engrossed with her.   When she entertained a table of boys for that period it speaks for itself”.  “Many of the class expressed an interest in reading her book “Dead Hairy” after the workshop.  dead hairy

“I’m sure the children from Nobber will be writing books in the future”.

Thanks to Imelda from Nobber Library for this great report.

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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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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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Children’s Book Festival continues this week with storyteller Joe Brennan. Joe will enthrall children in Nobber and Athboy libraries with stories from around the globe.

His storyboard sessions in Navan and Rathcairn libraries will get children creating their own stories.

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