Author Spotlight #1 - Michael Morpurgo

Michael MorpurgoWe decided to kick off our new series of regular blog posts on individual authors by putting the spotlight on that most prolific and popular of children's authors, Michael Morpurgo. A decision heavily influenced I might add by Michael's presence in Ireland right now to attend a big family event in the Concert Hall in Cork this evening.  Michael could be heard on RTE radio's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' show yesterday morning when he was interviewed by Claire Byrne. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview online (c.16 minutes in length).

Right: Michael Morpurgo (Source)

Young Reader Power!

CBA logoToday say the announcement of the shortlist for The Children’s Book Award 2016! This UK award is the only literary award chosen and voted for entirely by children.  Previous winners include JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, the latter having already won the Award three times and in line to add to that total!

The awards has three categories: books for younger children, books for younger readers and books for older readers. The books on the shortlists were chosen by children who read and voted for the books at events across the UK. The full shortlist in each category is as follows (with links to our catalogue):-

Children Design Their Own Theatre Sets

theatre designChildren were this morning exploring Irish theatre costume and stage designing,  and in the process creating their very own pop-up theatre designs, inspired by the work of set designer, illustrator and painter, Jack B Yeats.

This event took place in Pearse Street Library, and in the slideshow below you can see the fruits of their labour.

Magical book found in Dublin - READ All About It!

The Boook of LearningWe invite children to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12-year old girl whose world has just changed forever  - a new home in Dublin that is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her – for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press, and runs from January to March 2016.

Moone Boy Thrills Hundreds!

Moone BoyThere were some 400 children in the audience at a special 'Moone Boy' event in Dublin's Liberty Hall yesterday (14th October). Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy, co-authors of 'Moone Boy: The Fish Detective' were there entertaining the children and reading from the second in the hilarious illustrated series inspired by the Sky TV series they co-wrote.

The event was organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office in conjunction with Dublin City Public Libraries.

Dressing for History at Pearse Street Library

Dressed for HistoryA group of of children visited Pearse Street Library this morning and were enthralled with Laura Thorp's informative and colourful talk on the history of fashion, so much so that they delighted in trying out some costumes themselves. As if proof were ever needed that learning can be fun!

View the slideshow of photos from this morning below.

You might call this a trial run for the main event which takes place in City Hall on the 26th September coming. Part of an expansive programme of events for adults and also this year for families and children at the Dublin Festival of History (25th Sept - 10th Oct).

The Puppets Excite!

Puppet ShowThe No Strings Theatre Company was back in Dublin City Libraries in July, making appearances in Ballyfermot, Cabra, Drumcondra, Pearse Street, Phibsboro' and Rathmines Libraries.
The puppets were enthralling children with their version of the classic story The Boy Who Cried Wolf, the tale of  a very bored little boy who is asked to look after his Grandfather's prize sheep before The Best Sheep in Ireland Competition.

These are photos from the performance in Pearse Street Library on the 28th July, much enjoyed by the children let it be said.

Jake Gives Advice on Pet Care!

JakeFiona from Dog's Trust brought her friend Jake the dog to Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 8th July 2015, where she (Fiona that is, not Jake!) showed the children all they needed to know about looking after a pet.

Fiona and Jake are also appearing in Ballymun, Phibsboro', Pembroke, Pearse Street and Raheny during the same week.  Check our Events' Listing for details.

Shirley Hughes, a Children's Favourite

DoggerChildren's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes (b. 1927) has just become the first person to win the inaugural Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award is for making "an outstanding contribution to children's literature".

Hughes is best known as the creator of the beautifully illustrated Alfie picture books and the picture book 'Dogger', the latter winning the Kate Greenaway medal for book illustration in 1977. Dogger has also been voted the public’s favourite Kate Greenaway Medal winner of all time. Hughes again won the Kate Greenaway medal in 2003 for 'Ella's Big Chance', her adaptation of the Cinderella story. In total she has authored more than 50 books and illustrated over 200.

Muc from Twigín visits Cabra Library!

MucMuch to our delight, Muc the pig visited Cabra Library on the 9th June with the RTÉjr crew to do some filming! If you didn't already know (shame on you!), Muc is one of the characters in the TV programme 'Twigín'.

Muc took great delight in paging through some of our picture books (hoping we expect to see himself in one. Those film stars!). No mucking about there!