Children's Book Festival month in county libraries

October in Meath County Council Library Service means only one thing - Children’s Book Festival time!

As you may have noticed, things are different in 2020. For this year’s festival we are going virtual, bringing you a full program of online events offering all sorts of everything.

The ‘A Right Royal Read’ festival has some terrific treats in store for schoolchildren the length and breadth of the Royal County for 2020. From scary Hallowe’en Tales with the fabulous Candelit Tales Company, to a little bit of damhsa (dancing), to the tin whistle in the Johnny Magory Stories, Chasing Ghosts – a brand new release by author Nicola Pierce, sensory/autism friendly illustration events with Oisin McGann and loads more. There truly is something for everyone.

Our program of events has been sent to all the primary schools and junior educational facilities/agencies in the County. Booking this year is really easy. Teachers can simply browse the brochure online, check out our website for further details and drop us an email.

County Librarian Ciarán Mangan said: “the festival was intended to promote interest in reading among children. Through books, children can enter a world of adventure, mystery, science, travel and storytelling.”

“It is important that this long-running festival continues despite the current difficulties and I’m delighted that we’ve found exciting new ways of connecting with our young readers”.

To view all the events and supporting downloads go to To book, email with your chosen event.

Instead of the usual Family Open Day, a selection of videos from the Festival will be available for the public to watch. This will take place on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th.

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