Bookclub reads The Great Alone

Westmeath Libraries Bookclub has been meeting online on Zoom during lockdown. Our most recent meeting was held on 30th September where we discussed The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (search the library catalogue or download the ebook/eAudio). There was a small turnout, but all the comments at the meeting and on our facebook group were very positive.... Continue Reading →

Just In! episode 3

New books just arrived in the library on 6th July 2021 First off we have some children's books as we are right in the middle of our Summer Stars adventure! I stole my genius sister's brain by Jo Simmons - Request from the library or Download the ebookPizazz by Sophy Henn - Request from the... Continue Reading →

Kathleen reviews The Glass Castle

Kathleen from Athlone Library reviews The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This is a memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted mining towns of the American Southwest. Jeanette’s father was an intelligent man, but was an alcoholic unable to support his family. Her mother was an Artist,  in her own world, and was... Continue Reading →

Wolfson History Prize shortlist 2021

Do you enjoy reading non-fiction books? Is history your favourite topic to delve into? In that case maybe the shortlist of this year's Wolfson History Prize will provide you with some new and engaging reading. This prize has been awarded annually for more than 40 years and recognises and celebrates books which combine excellence in... Continue Reading →

Ray reviews Dark Blue

Ray from Kilbeggan Library reviews Dark Blue by Shane Carthy. Shane Carthy's journey over the last five years has seen it all. From the highs of Leinster glory in the Under 21 football final versus Meath in 2014 to the lows of waking up in St. Patrick's Mental Health Hospital a few days afterwards, a... Continue Reading →

2021 Hugo finalists

The Hugo awards celebrate the world of science fiction and fantasy. Every year they are awarded at a convention that travels the world. Anyone who signs up to attend the yearly convention is a member and can nominate and vote on the winners. This year's nominees in have just been announced, Due to the current... Continue Reading →

Join us for a zoom cuppa & chat

You're invited to join Annemarie Ní Churreáin for a zoom cuppa & chat this evening (14 April 2021) at 7pm. We'll be meeting for an hour to read and discuss Pangur Bán, an Old Irish poem (9th century) by an Irish monk about his cat! We'll read Heaney's English translation here (and his translator's notes) And I'm delighted that book-club... Continue Reading →

2020 John McGahern Book Prize shortlist

Three authors have been shortlisted for this year's John McGahern Book Prize for debut Irish Fiction. Niamh Campbell for This HappyCathy Sweeney for Modern TimesHilary Fannin for The Weight of Love (Borrow ebook) Under the current Covid-19 restrictions public libraries in Ireland are closed, but once we reopen you can request these titles from your... Continue Reading →

Lorraine reviews Elsewhere by Rosita Boland

In the year 2000, Irish Times journalist and poet Rosita Boland set herself the task of reading the 13th edition of the Chambers Dictionary from cover to cover, collecting words which delighted her in a notebook. She uses some of these unusual and evocative words as chapter headings in this beautifully written book which documents... Continue Reading →

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