Meath Libraries: Events Newsletter May 2021

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Meath Library Service wish to let you know that, from Monday May 10th, we will be re-opening our doors to the public. All Meath libraries (except for Ráth Chairn library) will be open at the normal hours of service – check your local branch hours here.

Branches will be open for browsing and borrowing of items and the photocopying & printing service from your own device will be permitted. Unfortunately at this time, we cannot provide Study Spaces or PC usage.

Please see updates below  from  ahead of their opening on Monday 10th May.


Bealtaine Festival 2021

Meath County Council Library Service are looking forward to celebrating Bealtaine, Age and Opportunity online with you this year.

Our events include online Art History Classes, an author interview with Seamus O’Rourke (Standing in Gaps), The Big Bealtaine Sew Along and more.

Log onto our website for full details of events and bookings – www.meath.ie/council/bealtaine-2021


Writer in Residence

Meath County Council is pleased to announce that local author Fiona Sherlock has been appointed as Writer in Residence for 2021.

The residency runs from April to December and will be managed by Meath County Council Library Service.

The Writer in Residence programme is a key element of Meath’s Creative Ireland Strategy.

For more information about the Writer in Residence please click here.

As part of her duties, Fiona is offering Mentorship Opportunities to Meath writers. Details of the mentorship and how to apply can be found here


Cruinniú na nÓg – 12th June 2021

Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland’s national day of free creative activity for children and young people up to 18 years of age.

Over the past 3 years it has become a key date in Ireland’s cultural calendar, providing opportunities for Ireland’s 1.2 million children and young people, to be inquisitive and curious, to be inventive and innovative, and to fulfil a creative ambition or showcase an inner creative talent.
In 2021, Cruinniú na nÓg will take place on Saturday 12th June.

In partnership with RTÉ and Local Authorities, the Creative Ireland Programme is urging children and young people to answer the call, to get creative at home and be ready to showcase their creative talents on Saturday 12th June.

Meath’s Creative Ireland team has organised a diverse range of shows and workshops that will be delivered through a mix of live and pre-recorded online events. Event details can be found here and bookings can be made from Saturday May 15th


Little Library Book Bag

Meath County Council Library Service is delighted to announce that the First 5 Little Library Bags for registered Early Learning Centres will be ready for collection from your local Meath library shortly.

The Little Library bags each contain 5 books, one in Irish and four in English. The books are aimed at the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) age range of 2.5 years to 5.5 years primarily, but can be used with all preschool children. A number of other resources are also provided.

Tá cúig leabhar I nGaeilge I ngach mála beaga na leabharlainne. Is ar chúraim agus oideachais luath-óige atá na leabhar dírithe (ECCE) idir 2.5 bliana d’aois go 5.5 bliana d’aios go príomha, ach is féidir iad a úsáid le páistí réamhscoile go léir.

The First 5 Little Library Bags initiative is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion and Youth and the Department of Rural and Community Development to build on the relationships between the Early Learning and Care centres and libraries as part of the First 5 Government Strategy for babies and children and the public libraries Right to Read programme. We will also have the First 5 Little Library bags available to loan to parents and for story times and reading corners in the library.

Please contact Annette at Navan Library on 046 9021134 so we can make arrangements for getting the Little Library bags into your ELC rooms as soon as possible.


e-Magazines – Libby App

We are moving our digital magazines from RBdigital to the Libby app from 26th of April.

You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great magazines from ZINIO you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby from OverDrive.

Borrow thousands of magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. It’s free and easy to get started.

For more information, check out our website here or if you have any issues, contact the e-Services team at eservicesteam@meathcoco.ie


World Bee Day

20th May is World Bee Day.
Meath County Library Service is celebrating this day with our Trim Library Bee Keeper Helen.

Helen’s video is about “Bees in Winter & the strength in numbers – The Cluster”



Sustainable Living

Would you like to learn how to reduce waste, increase biodiversity and work towards a more inclusive sustainable community?

This practical interactive workshop will be delivered via Zoom on Saturday 22nd May by horticulturist Aoife Munn.

This is workshop is for ADULTS and booking will take place from May 10th. More information can be found here


Online Resources

Don’t forget you can still borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and Digital Magazines even though we’re closed.

And why not make the most of your lockdown by learning something new with an Online Course from Universal Class. Or learn a new language for that long awaited for holiday using Transparent Languages.

And PressReader is a resource that gives you access to 1000s of newspapers and magazines in lots of different languages. There’s a step by step guide for the app and the website to help you get started.


Virtual Storytime

Join us every Tuesday at 11.45 for our Virtual Storytime. Our videos are on our Youtube channel, which you can access here.

Catch up with the stories on our Online Storytime page of our website.

We’ve included some printable colouring sheets and suggested activities or resources to go with the stories as well.


For those of you whose membership may have lapsed you can now join the library online and start using our online resources straight away.


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