Meath County Council Library Service has a great summer programme full of free events lined up for children of all ages in Meath this year. The programme was launched in Ashbourne Library by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Sean Drew kicks off with the Summer Stars reading adventure.

Summer Stars is the public library national summer reading programme for children that runs from 13 June until the end of August. All children throughout the country are invited to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the Summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book is regarded as having completed the programme – and it is all completely free! We have loads of fun prizes and draws for competitions, including Tayto Park family vouchers and Kindle Fires to win.

Highlights include Harry Potter nights, including an online quiz where you can win a fab Harry Potter Hamper, computer animation workshops, magic shows with Billybbles, computer coding workshops and puppet shows. We also have yoga and mindfulness sessions and Dogs Trust workshops along with arts and crafts workshops, science workshops, and Playstation challenges. For the younger ones, we have stories and songs sessions and parent and toddler sessions.

County Librarian Ciarán Mangan said “It is great to see our summer activities coming back into our libraries. We are looking forward to seeing large numbers of childen at events in all our libraries throughout the Summer.’

Our YouTube channel also has a wide range of events that you can view from your home, just search for Meath County Library on YouTube.

The Summer programme is sponsored by Meath County Council Arts Office. Details of these events are on www.meathlibraries.ie or on Twitter and Facebook, just search for ‘Meath County Library’. All these events are free of charge! Call into your local library and register from 13 June.

Pictured above at the launch of the Summer Stars Programme are Cathaoirleach Cllr. Sean Drew, Mary Murphy, Executive Librarian, and Barry Lynch, Director of Services.