Spring into your summer garden

We are now a couple of months into the “Grow it Forward” campaign.  Our library doors have re-opened, and we hear now how lots of you are seeing the results for the planting you did, earlier this year.  Lovely!  And, Well Done. Now is a great time to think how best to utilise and enjoy... Continue Reading →

Patchwork Poetry #10

Leanne O’Sullivan is a young poet who hails from Cork.  Her Collection entitled “Waiting for my Clothes”, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2004.  Her full Works come across as brutally honest, and poignant, and a personal journey of the physical is mapped in detail.  I hope that these snippets below portray the richness of... Continue Reading →

Patchwork poetry #9

The following Patchwork Poem comprises Lines from the work of Fintan O’Toole, a lover of music and of words, and frequent visitor to Athlone Library in his time.  The poems in full can be read in the fourth Collection by the local Poetry Collective called “Poetry in the Park”, and this was published in 2018... Continue Reading →

Patchwork Poetry #7

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.Jill came tumbling after.London Bridge is falling down.Down came the rain and washed the spider out.Old Macdonald had a farm.Mary had a little lamb.Three little kittens have lost their mittens.Three blind mice, see how they runRow, row, row your boat gently down the stream.Five little ducks went swimming one day.... Continue Reading →

Patchwork Poetry #5

Is those things arms, or is they legs?  (The Octopus By Ogden Nash)An owl’s cry, a most melancholy cry  (The Owl By Thomas Hardy)A greyhound should be headed like a Snake,  (The Properties of a Good Greyhound By Dame Juliana Berners)When I was once in Baltimore  (Sheep By W.H. Davies)A snake came to my water-trough ... Continue Reading →

Patchwork Poem #4

I am days when I don’t know (Who am I?  by Geraldine O’Toole)But still the stars shine on high And hang like diamond’s fire in the sky (Ride the night by  Marion Bauer)I feel it’s good to find your starTo be precisely the age you are (Teenager  by  Iain Duggan)It’s the spark which holds in... Continue Reading →

Magnolias in bloom

from Anne in Mullingar Library Some of the Magnolia trees are in  full bloom now!!!! What a sight they are. I first saw a magnolia tree in bloom in Belvedere House Gardens and Park, and I decided I would have one in my garden. Here are pictures of my little magnolia tree...It does my heart... Continue Reading →

Time to get started

Aine from Athlone Library shares some tips for those interested in our Grow It Forward programme Westmeath Libraries are delighted to announce that we have received our first batch of Grow Kits, which we are posting out to those already registered.  And so, our joint adventure in Growing begins!  Please do your best to play... Continue Reading →

The story of my writing life

On the 25th of March we welcomed authors Martina Devlin & Éilís Ní Dhuibhne along to Westmeath Libraries for a virtual Meet the Author talk, in association with the Irish Writers Centre. And we were delighted to welcome visitors from near and far, including Sicily, Norwich, and Athlone. For those who couldn't make it to... Continue Reading →

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