The Children’s Book Festival will be celebrated throughout October in Kildare Libraries as part of a national celebration. The Children’s Book Festival aims to spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families and connect the public to authors and illustrators both in classrooms and online.
Below are the list of events running for the public to celebrate The Children’s Book Festival this year in Kildare.
Kieran Fanning ‘Irish Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends’
Teacher and author, Kieran Fanning, talks about writing and storytelling, as well as reading tales from his recent book, Irish Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends, which features ancient myths about the Tuatha Dé Danann, legends about Cúchulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill, as well as familiar and lesser-known fairy tales from Ireland’s rich folklore. Suitable for children aged 8-12.
Wednesday October 27th – Kieran will do storytelling sessions via Zoom
10am – 11am Booking via Eventbrite: https://cbfnaasoct.eventbrite.ie
12pm – 1pm Booking via Eventbrite: https://cbfleixlipoct.eventbrite.ie
Friday October 29th – Kieran will do writing workshops via Zoom
10am – 11am, Booking via Eventbrite: https://cbfnewbridgeoct.eventbrite.ie
12pm – 1pm, Booking via Eventbrite: https://cbfkildaretownoct.eventbrite.ie
2pm – 3pm, Booking via Eventbrite: https://cbfathyoct.eventbrite.ie
Halloween Cooking class & Spooky tales with The Cool Food School
Suitable Ages 7-11 years
Join Deirdre from The Cool Food School for a spooky cook along for Halloween. We will make scary (but healthy!) treats for your Halloween party and have some spine-tingling fun too!Don’t forget to get dressed up! Adult supervision required Ingredients & Equipment list will be emailed to you before the event.
Mr SpiceBag – Meet the Author and Illustrator
Saturday 30th October, 11am via Zoom
Mr Spicebag is the exciting new debut from Author Freddie Alexander, illustrated by Helen O’Higgins which follows the adventures of ten-year-old George who lives in a town of people that are obsessed with spice bags. Join Freddie and Helen to hear all about the creation of the Mr Spicebag in writing and illustration and hear an exciting reading of the book too.
Places are limited and can be booked via Eventbrite here: https://cbf30oct.eventbrite.ie
General Book Quiz for 5-8 years
Wednesday 13th October 4pm via Zoom
Join us online to celebrate the Children’s Book Festival with an exciting Book Quiz with the staff
from Athy Library! Test your knowledge against your own family members and others!
For children 5-8 years old and their families.
Booking via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/athy-library-childrens-book-quiz-for-5-8-year-olds-and-their-families-tickets-169455922225
Friday 22nd October 4pm via Zoom
Goosebumps! Spooky Stories to celebrate the birthday of R.L Stine:Part of the Kildare Libraries Children’s Book Festival. Join the Athy Library Staff for Spooky Stories.
Enjoy listening to and sharing spooky stories and activities based on the Goosebumps series by
R.L Stine. For children 6-11 years.
Booking via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/goosebumps-spooky-stories-to-celebrate-the-birthday-of-rl-stine-tickets-169459583175
Tom Gates Inspired Drawing and Art Workshop
Thursday 28th October, 3:10pm via Zoom
As part of the Children’s Book Festival and to tie in with Halloween festivities Niamh from Maynooth Library will run her yearly Tom Gates inspired drawing and art workshop. Have you ever been reading about Tom’s band Dog Zombies and wondered just what a Dog Zombie might look like?
This is a fun Zoom workshop to explore the possibilities and design your very own rock band poster. This is a workshop with Tom Gates fans in mind, but having read these books is not essential.
Open to children aged 7+, all participants require is some paper and something to draw and colour with.
Booking via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/cbf-halloween-dog-zombies-drawing-workshop-inspired-by-tom-gates-tickets-171886997637
Kildare Detective Society Meeting
Wednesday 10th November 4pm via Zoom
Kildare Libraries brings you this exciting online workshop as part of the Children’s Book Festival
via Zoom. This workshop is perfect for 8-12 year olds who love Robin Stevens’ A Murder Most Unladylike book series and want to form their own detective club. It will take place on
Wednesday the 10th of November at 4pm and finish about 4.50pm. Please bring a pen or pencil
and paper to this event to help you solve a murder! We encourage children to come dressed as
their favourite character from A Murder Most Unladylike books.
This session will be interactive and an adult must be present for the duration of
Book via Eventbrite: https://cbfkildaredetectivesociety.eventbrite.ie