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30 January 2023
Branford Boase Award 2023 Longlist Announced

The Branford Boase Award was set up in the memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase. It rewards the most promising new authors and their editors, highlighting excellence in writing and publishing for children. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for children of seven and upward by a first-time […]

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16 January 2023
Staff review : Haven by Emma Donoghue

Manus from Kilbeggan Library reviews Haven by Emma Donoghue in this staff review. Check the library for a copy by clicking here Around the year 600, three monks set out on a quest to find an island off the west coast of Ireland where humans have never set foot, there to build an outpost of […]

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9 January 2023
Seven Science Fiction classics to read in 2023

From Kilbeggan Library’s Science Fiction Book Club Over the past year our book club has explored the rich seam of the science fiction genre. If you’d care to visit some of these strange worlds in 2023, here are seven science fiction classics for you to try in 2023. Dune, Frank Herbert, 1965 You may have […]

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4 January 2023
First Fortnight - mental health awareness

Every year the First Fortnight charity organises a festival in the first two weeks of the year aimed at making the beginning of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma. This year the First Fortnight festival runs from 6th to 15th January 2023. When an individual’s ability to cope and […]

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23 December 2022
2023 Reading Inspiration

As 2022 draws to a close it is time to start thinking about the new year, and some 2023 Reading Inspiration! Why not sign up for our reading challenge, it is simple to take part. We'll provide you with twelve prompts to inspire your reading over the next year. You don't have to read all […]

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21 December 2022
Red on the Holly

Westmeath Libraries invite you to celebrate this Christmas with one of our local poets, Michael Walsh, a native of Fore, Co. Westmeath. In this collection, Red on the Holly published in the 1930s, Walsh shares with the reader a "gift book of Christmas song". Why not call in to your local library and have a […]

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6 December 2022
Winter Foliage display in the library

As part of our Inspire Your World at the Library programme of events, funded by Creative Ireland, we were delighted to welcome Anna Browne of Big Sky Flowers to our libraries this winter. Anna ran a workshop on creating your own Winter Foliage display, with an emphasis on staying foam-free, and using Irish foraged materials. […]

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29 November 2022
Christmas Crafts

We kicked off the Christmas season at Athlone Library with the first of our events, Children’s Christmas Crafts. There was a great turn out on the morning despite the Late Late Toy Show being on the night before! The children made 3D Christmas cards and present tags. Even the parents got involved! Each child put […]

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10 November 2022
Irish Sign Language

Westmeath Libraries wishes to enhance the quality of life for all the people of Westmeath by promoting inclusive services. To combat the social exclusion that Deaf people can face we wish to raise awareness amongst library staff, and all our users. To this end Mullingar Library hosted a number of signed storytimes with an ISL […]

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28 October 2022
Join your local book club

Are you interested in joining a book club? Why not investigate your local library and start chatting to other readers, you never know what book you might be inspired to pick up. Athlone Children's Book Club - 5th November at 11.30am. This month's theme is Animals. Athlone Adult Book Club - 10th November at 6.30pm Moate […]

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