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Did you know that Judy Moody books are available to download through Overdrive?

Would you like to have access to library books on the go, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? With no late charges? Try our eBook service. Overdrive is a service offered by Westmeath County Library that will allow library members to download eBooks to your own computer, tablet, smartphone, and certain other devices. Please note, Overdrive will not work with older Amazon Kindles, but will with the Kindle Fire. There is a range of books including fiction, non-fiction, and childrens books. In order to use Overdive eBooks you must be a current member of Westmeath County Libraries. You also need to have your barcode number and PIN. If you need help with these please ask a member of staff, or email us on You may check out three titles from the Overdrive library for up to three weeks at a time. You will still be able to borrow as usual from your local library. If you would like to know more about how Overdrive works you can read all about it on their help pages.

Mullingar Library’s 2014 Book Sale has begun! Running until the 9th August. Adult books for just €1.00. Children’s books, €0.50

Storytime with Jenifer

Castlepollard Librar presents Storytime with Jenifer

Wednesday 30th July at 11.00am

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The purpose of this website is to provide you with the information, skills, and tools you need to care for your digitally printed collection assets.

You can also download their pdf guide to the Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs

Library exhibition : Heartland


As part of National Heritage Week, Castlepollard Library will host a joint exhibition of paintings of local artists Teresa Doyle and Ursula Meehan

Launched by Mary Melvin Geoghegan on Tuesday 26th August at 6.00pm

Exhibition will be on display during Library Opening Hours Contact Castlepollard Library: 044 9332199

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The week in books from BBC Radio 4

This week’s Book at Bedtime is The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, read by Emilia Fox (Listen to the show).

On a cold autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of the Dutch East India Company’s most successful merchant trader : Johannes Brandt. But her lavishly furnished new home is not welcoming, and its inhabitants seem preoccupied with their own secrets

The Book of the Week is Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves”, by James Nestor. (listen to the show)

American journalist James Nestor investigates the world of freediving, both competitive and scientific. He learns how to stay underwater for extended periods; goes shark-tagging; has a close encounter with sperm whales; plunges to 2,500 feet in a DIY submarine; unveils startling facets of human physiology - most notably the extraordinary life-preserving…

And The Last Word covers Elaine Stritch, Nadine Gordimer, Michael Scudamore and Lorin Maazel (Listen to the show)

The formidable actress Elaine Stritch. Famous for her remarkable voice, witty put downs and hard drinking youth, she was known as “The First Lady of Broadway”. The South African novelist Nadine Gordimer, whose work embodied the complex story of the nation’s struggle with race. The jockey and trainer Michael Scudamore, who competed in 16 consecutive Grand Nationals, winning in 1959 on a horse called Oxo. And the conductor Lorin Maazel, who was a child prodigy and went on to direct some of the world’s greatest orchestras.

(Source: BBC)

The second edition of CLANN e-Newsletter is now available online. Topics covered include Heritage Week events, Tracing your Derry/Londonderry ancestors, Tracing your South Tipperary ancestors, and an “emotional homecoming to Sligo”.

Staff reads : Streete and Its People

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Gearoid in Athlone Library says :

Books on parishes and villages come in all shapes and sizes but ‘Streete and its People’ breaks the mould. This is a beautiful book, almost a coffee-table book, but it has the best of both worlds. A fabulous array of photographs, ancient and modern and an interesting range of editorial material combined to give us a thoroughly ‘unputdownable’ book. My interest in the subject stems from the fact that my great-grandfather (my father’s mother’s father) was a Ned Keary from Streete or Rathown. Having read this book from cover to cover I feel I have a better handle on who Ned Keary was. Of course he wasn’t mentioned but I found myself reading every page, looking at every picture and realising that the editorial committee has given us a great snap-shot in time of the village of Streete, which will be of inestimable value to researchers in years to come. For the article on Daramona House and Observatory alone this book is worth reading but please do read it in its entirety as I did. You will be amused and amazed by the facts and many anecdotes. This book is a real treasure and if you are planning to write a book on your parish or village there is surely something here for you to learn. Well done to all concerned.