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Week 3 of Children’s Book Festival 2012 began with a visit of author Alexander Gordon Smith to Ashbourne Library yesterday morning.  he was here to talk about The Fury, his latest series of books for children and teenagers.  Thanks to Faber and Children’s Books Ireland for assisting us with this event.
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Today sees local author/illustrator, Tatyana Feeney, in Athboy library talking about her gorgeous new picture book, Small Bunny’s blue blanket. It’s beautifully illustrated and a lovely book to share with the little ones in your life.

We’re very excited about the impending visit of  The 2 Steves (Skidmore and Barlow)to Meath libraries. They’re flying in from the UK on Wednesday night for 4 booked-out shows in Trim, Ashbourne and Oldcastle libraries.  Between them they’ve published over 150 books.  Their latest series, Action Dogs, is in the shops (and libraries) now.  They’ll be performing their iHero show which is a  lively and funny interactive literary game show based on their I Hero series.

It’s going to be a busy week!

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Comics writer, Alan Nolan, presented two 90 minute workshops last week in Oldcastle Library for Children’s Book Festival 2012.    Children from Ballinacree and Oldcastle were the lucky ones to head down to the library for this fun event.death by chocolate

Alan Nolan is a comics writer, graphic designer and artist.  He is the creator of The Big Break Detectives Casebook, a graphic novel for younger readers, and the Murder can be Fatal mysteries.

The illustration session was well structured and easy to follow and the children really enjoyed drawing the comic book characters.   Alan was very patient with the children and in return the children were very attentive.   Alan was well able to adapt to the level and abilities of all the young children.  There was a very positive response from both teachers and children.

Thanks to Anne in Oldcastle Library for the report
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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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Meath County Council Library Service & ENFO present ‘Magan’s World’ with writer & presenter Manchán Magan in Oldcastle Library on Thursday 8th December at 8pm. Manchan Mangan

Manchán Magan is a writer and travel documentary-maker based in Westmeath. He has written 6 books in English and Irish including Angels & Rabies and Truck Fever. His first novel Oddballs: a novel of affections was published in 2010. His first play Broken Croí/Heart Briste won the Parker Trust Irish language drama award, his second play Bás Tongue débuted at the Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2011.He writes Magan’s World column for the Irish Times.

Manchán Mangans top five travel book reccomendations are

Into the Heart of Borneo byRedmond O’Hanlon

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

 The Brendan Voyage by Tim Sevrin

 Full Tilt, fromDublintoDelhi with a bicycle by Dervla Murphy

 From theHolyMountainby William Dalrymple

Log on to the Meath County Library Catalogue to request copies.

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Dermot Somers

Meath County Library service & ENFO present an evening with Dermot Somers in Oldcastle Library on Thursday 17th of November at 8pm. Writer, broadcaster and mountaineer Dermot has presented many travel and adventure programmes on TG4 and RTE. His fiction, history and travel writings have been published in English and Irish, winning awards in both languages. This is an evening not to be missed.

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Meath County Council Library Service have organised number of events running this month to celebrate Science week. Science week  runs from 14- 18th November and the Library has invited schools to attend some great events this year.

‘OMG the Universe is Elemental’ workshops are running in Dunboyne, Navan, Oldcastle and Trim Libraries during the week and these cover elements in the stars, meteors and elements in a star’s birth. These workshops are very kindly sponsored by Forfás.

In Ashbourne Library there will be a Crime Scene Investigation workshop for students from secondary schools which look at how forensics is used in crime scenes. The workshop also includes a chance for some of the students to get suited and booted and go into a pre constructed crime scene to identify and retrieve forensic evidence. The talk will be given CSI World from Leicestershire in the UK and is sponsored by Meath County Council’s Arts office.

Science week is a National event run every year in November.

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Tom Palmer ends his tour of Meath libraries with a trip to Oldcastle library

Children from Gilson NS and Knocktemple NS took part in his Football Reading Game.

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