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Children’s Book Festival continues…

Penelope Moorhead is in the middle of  a whistle-stop tour of Meath libraries this week bringing drama to our libraries in Duleek,Dunboyne, Slane, Trim and Oldcastle.

Penelope is a Speech, Drama and Communication teacher.  She also travels throughout Ireland as an examiner and adjudicator in Speech and Drama. Her workshops will offer an encouraging, fun and inclusive approach to drama aiming to engage all the children in the drama activities, the themed work and in the subsequent presentation and/or discussion.

Later on this week, poet and librarian extraordinaire, Tom French will be visiting Duleek and Dunshaughlin libraries to facilitate poetry workshops

Tom has published two poetry collections with The Gallery Press.  He also works in the library service in our local studies department.  In these writing workshops, the children will discuss some famous poems which they can then use as a springboard for their own ideas and begin writing their own poetry.

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The annual Children’s book festival by Meath County Council Library Service kicks off this Monday (October 3rd).  All through October school children will visit Meath Libraries to see authors, illustrators, storytellers, and take part in drama and poetry workshops throughout the county.

The festival will be launched this week by Author/Illustrator Oisín McGann in Ashbourne and Navan Libraries where Oisín will host comic book workshops for the children.

Other visiting authors include Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb, Malachy Doyle, Nicola Pierce, Chris Judge, and Debbie Thomas.

This year the Library Service extends a warm welcome to Authors Tom Palmer and Andy Briggs from the UK and the Celtic Rathskallions travelling all the way from Canada.

The schoolchildren will also be entertained by Penelope Moorhead’s creative drama workshops and poetry workshops hosted by Tom French.

Competition

RTE’s Tina Mation from the Den has also organised a colouring competition in all the libraries where children from 3 years to 9 years can enter and not only win a prize for themselves but also a fabulous school prize for the overall winners.

Sponsors

The Library Service is very grateful to the many local businesses that have sponsored the Festival such as the Newgrange Hotel, The Headfort Arms Hotel, Brogans Hotel Trim, The Ashbourne Marriott hotel and Trim Castle Hotel, Children’s Books Ireland and Solstice Arts Centre.

The festival runs throughout October and also includes some Halloween arts & crafts workshops in various libraries. For details on any of these events check with your local library or view the library webpage on http://www.meath.ie , ‘Meath County Library’ on Facebook or @MeathLibrary on Twitter.

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Children's Book Festival 2011 Poster

Children's Book Festival 2011 Poster

The Children’s Book Festival kicks off next month across the library network with 89 events to cater for all interests and age groups. – We’re looking forward to the penalty shoot-outs with soccer fanatic Tom Palmer, and Tarzan will be swinging from the rafters in Solstice promoting the revamped series by Andy Briggs.

We have plenty of home-grown talent too with return appearances from the much-loved Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb and Oisin McGann.

New to the festival programme are first-time children’s authors Nicola Pierce, Chris Judge and Debbie Thomas.

For the comic books fans we have some interesting comic book workshops running in a number of our libraries.

Finally we have storytellers, drama workshops, poetry writing and Canadian dance and music to wrap it all up. Enjoy!

All events are FREE.

Bookings via your local library.

Bookings are for schools only.

Children’s Book Festival Events in Meath Libraries 2011

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