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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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Trim Library celebrated 25 years of the phenomenally successful series Where’s Wally yesterday with fun activities for children. 

We had races to find the hidden characters in the books, with a Where’s Wally goodie bag for the winner, Diarmuid Gallagher.  The children did some word searches, spot-the-difference and colouring and borrowed lots of Where’s Wally books. 

Wally himself even turned up! 

 
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Our Summer programme of events for children is in full swing.  This afternoon,  Harry Gill from The Tina Mation Art Academy facilitated a computer animation workshop for children in Trim library

 
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Trim Library was very busy today (Saturday July 7th) celebrating both the Swift Satire Festival and the annual  Mickey McKenna Music Festival.

Author and illustrator, Oisin McGann, facilitated a comic book workshop based on Gulliver’s Travels for children. 

 
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AltEnts gave some taster workshops for children and teens in traditional music and rock guitar.  The annual Mickey McKenna celebration concert takes place tonight in the library at 8pm. 

 
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Some pictures of children enjoying the Handy Manny workshop in Trim Library yesterday. 

 
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Trim pre-schoolers had a great morning in Trim Library at the Peppa Pig workshop.  They enjoyed a DVD, some stories and did lots of colouring.

 
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“Gulliver’s Travels” One Book One Town Launch.
Noel French President of Trim Chamber of Commerce, Councillor William Carey, Executive Librarian Maedhbh Rogan-McGann , County Librarian Ciaran Mangan & County Manager Tom Dowling

Trim Library launched our One Book One Town initiative this week.

One Book One Town is a generic name for a community reading program that attempts to get everyone in a city, town or community to read and discuss the same book. This is the first time we’ve run such a programme in Meath County Council Library Service

We chose Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” for this year’s “One Book One Town” initiative to support the annual Trim Swift Festival which runs from July 6th-8th incl.  “Gulliver’s Travels”  is a timeless classic and has never been out of print since it was first published in 1726.  Since 1726 numerous versions of the book have been published catering for all tastes and reading abilities. 

Our aim here in Trim library is to get as many people as possible to read “Gulliver’s Travels” ahead of this year’s Swift Festival .

 So far 3 of the local schools have been busy reading “Gulliver’s Travels”.  They’ve also been very creative in the classroom.    

The children from Room 7 Senior Infants St. Mary’s GNS made an amazing feltwork tapestry under the tutelage of their teacher Vivienne Leavy and the Felt maker Gabby McGrath.  The tapestry is currently on display in Trim library

Miss Dully’s class of 3rd and 4th class girls from St Mary’s GNS performed a short drama piece on the launch night.   The children acted out the scene where Gulliver has been shipwrecked and finds himself in the land of Lilliput where the people are only a few centimetres high.  He is taken prisoner by a huge number of these tiny people.  At the court of the Emperor he permits himself to be searched and allows some of the little people to go through his pockets.  In the drama the young servants are trying to explain what they found on ‘The Man Mountain’.

 So far about 350 children and 12 adults have read/or are reading “Gulliver’s Travels” as part of our “One Book One Town” initiative so, we’re now throwing the challenge out to the rest of Trim, and the adults in particular, to get reading.

 There is a version of the story available for everyone from the beginner reader to the newly confident young reader, to the reluctant reader, to the adult with literacy difficulties, as well as the full and unabridged classic itself. 

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