Meath County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Sean Drew officially launches this year’s Children’s Book Festival at Kells library. The annual Children’s Book Festival takes place online this October and is organised by Meath County Council Library Service.

All through October schools will be online to allow school children to interact with authors, illustrators, storytellers, puppet shows and take part in creative storytelling, cultural events and a wide variety of workshops throughout the county. Highlights this year include Una Woods author of ‘Have you seen the Dublin vampire’, storytellers Niall de Burca and Mara Menzies, a History Live session with Michael Moylan based on the 1500 Colmcille anniversary, puppet shows and creative storytelling workshops with the Meath Libraries writer in residence, Fiona Sherlock.

Other authors include, Ronan Moore, Bex Sheridan, Gerry Daly, Sadhbh Devlin, Paddy Donnelly, Patricia Forde, Natasha Mac a Bháird and Ann Murtagh. We also have illustrator workshops from author Jennifer Farley and a music session with Susan Rowland.

This year Meath Library Service has organised a number of competitions for schools including a short story competition with a chance to win a Laptop or a school books hamper. Other competitions include word searches and an online book quiz with a number of hampers up for grabs.

 

The general public can also take part in the festival through the Family Weekend, which runs online from October 23th to 24th, this includes author events, a puppet show, storytellers, book quiz, music sessions and history live sessions. All details can be found on the Meath libraries website meathlibraries.ie.

There is also an online Halloween arts and crafts session for the under 5’s and over 6’s age groups. Register to take part and collect your pack at any Meath library. You can book your place by emailing ashbournelib@meathcoco.ie.

For further details on any of the above events visit your local library or view meathlibraries.ie, ‘Meath County Library’ on Facebook or @MeathLibrary on Twitter.