Library blog

13 June 2024
Coffee & Craft at Mullingar Library

This May as part of the Bealtaine festival we celebrated the arts and creativity. Our last event was the coffee and crafts class where we chose to decorate greeting cards with flowers of late Spring and early Summer.  Greatly inspired by the wonderful wildflower meadow right outside our window in the libraries creative space, we […]

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5 June 2024
Green Gather at Mullingar Library

On the 18th May Mullingar Library welcomed Mullingar Climate Action Network to the library for a "special event "Green Gather" event. "Sustainability through repair" was the main theme of the day, with speakers on biodiversity, food waste, upholstery and you repair among others. Many thanks to those that came along, and especially to Mullingar Climate […]

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29 May 2024
Celebrating Africa Day 2024

Africa Day is an annual celebration of the people and cultures of this wonderful continent. This year it was celebrated on 25th May, and to mark the occasion Moate Library are hosting an exhibition by Lesley Wingfield "Faces of Africa", depicting some of the rich and diverse African cultures living in our community. Lesley Wingfield […]

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24 May 2024
Exciting changes coming soon to Kilbeggan Library

Refurbishment works to improve our library service have begun! These will include Easy Access, My Open Library and Sensory resources Kilbeggan Library is currently closed for renovations.While we are closed remember you can use your library card in any public library around the country. We would be delighted to see you in Athlone, Castlepollard, Moate, […]

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21 May 2024
Michel Déon Prize 2024 shortlist

The Michel Déon Prize was founded in 2018 in memory of the French writer Michel Déon (1919-2016) who made the West of Ireland his home. It is a joint prize awarded in alternate years by the Royal Irish Academy in Ireland (funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs) and the Académie française in France. The winning author […]

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13 May 2024
Book review - Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Set in the near future Bewilderment is the story of Theo, a father trying his best to raise his 9 year old son after the sudden death of his mother. Theo is an astrobiologist, searching for life on other planets, but his son Robin is utterly consumed by this world and its ecological problems.I really […]

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17 April 2024
Bealtaine 2024 in Westmeath Libraries

This May we are celebrating the arts and creativity as we age with the Bealtaine Festival. Taking place across Ireland Bealtaine engages with people, inspiring creativity among older people and promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can help your creative life. This year activities Westmeath Libraries feature a variety of free events, including arts […]

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10 April 2024
Purple Hearts at Kilbeggan Library

The Knitting and Crochet group in Kilbeggan Library have been busy creating purple hearts as part of a new initiative at Regional Hospital Mullingar. Elizabeth Donaghy, Grace McPaul, Emma Cassidy, Mary Connolly and Patricia Dowd have used their skills, knowledge and time to crochet purple hearts which will be given to bereaved families in the […]

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28 March 2024
Kilbeggan’s Revolutionary Past

Did you know that there was once a bloody battle in the streets of Kilbeggan? In the 1798 Rebellion many Irish people, inspired by revolutions in France and America, rose up against landlords and British rule. While the major fighting took place in Wexford, Mayo, Antrim and Down, there was plenty of drama in these […]

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20 March 2024
Irish Astronomy Week at Westmeath Libraries

The second ever Irish Astronomy Week took place from the 9th - 16th March 2024. Westmeath Libraries were delighted to be able to take part this year, and hosted events in Athlone and Mullingar Libraries. Mullingar Library hosted Ivan Merrick, the current Chairperson of the Midlands Astronomy Club, on the 12th March for his talk […]

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