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Childrens Bookfest 2013

The Library is always a place full of activity and of things to do ... but October holds a special place in the calendar of public libraries all over Ireland as Childrens Bookfest takes place. It brings with it such variety and a myriad of events, talks and activity. In Douglas this year a very full calendar of events, many with a historical theme, was enjoyed by large numbers of children and here are a couple of images to give a flavour of the months activities.

Iryshe Tudor Company

Members of the Iryshe Tudor Company brought us a very interesting talk on Tudor times. Anna the Herbalist (left) and Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald were in character and told us how people lived in the 16th Century. Their show was followed by a lively questions and answers session.

Michael Moylan

Michael Moylan presented his interactive History Live show and has the willing participants from a large audiendence for both of his shows, great props and many questions followed.

Pat Ryan

Visiting author and storyteller Pat Ryan beguiled and entertained with his words and tickery with an old fashioned and hilarious storytelling with a twist

Blue and Gray

Later in the month it was back to history but this time American Style as Sergeant McAlister and Mrs Sergeant came to talk about life for a soldier during the American Civil War ... our audience was conscripted, drilled and given a first hand account of life as it would have been in the mid 1860's during the war between the states by these members of the Irish in Blue and Gray reinactors group.

This is just a flavour of what the younger members of the Library had to enjoy during the month. There were workshops, author visits by Sheena Wilkinson, Vincent Eke, Ann Marie McCarthy as well and colouring and storytelling. A busy month all round.