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Westmeath County Library

Heritage Week 2014 will take place from 23rd - 31st August.

Throughout Westmeath there is an enormous selection of events and activities taking place which gives the public a rare opportunity not only to visit historical buildings and sites normally closed to the public but also lets them take part in cultural events that highlight local skills and traditions both past and present.

The exceptional and diverse group of cultural events which are available to the public thanks to Heritage Week range from guided walks and visits to rarely-open sites, exhibitions, open-air performances, boat journeys, storey-telling, music and dance and many many more all highlighting events in Ireland’s history, traditions and culture … our HERITAGE. There are events and activities taking place all over Westmeath

Westmeath County Council, local community and heritage groups and individuals are planning a number of exciting events, many of which are free of charge and all full of fun!

Westmeath County Library Service is running a number of exhibitions which are all free of charge and available to view during library opening hours.

Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone

Tel : (090) 6442157 Email: athlib@westmeathcoco.ie

Spark of Genius.

A celebration of some of the people who have put Westmeath on the Cultural map.

Ballynacarrgiy Library

Tel : (044) 9373882 Email : bnclib@westmeathcoco.ie

Spark of Genius.

A celebration of some of the people who have put Westmeath on the Cultural map.

Castlepollard Library

Tel : (044) 9332199 Email: cpdlib@westmeathcoco.ie

Spark of Genius.

A celebration of some of the people who have put Westmeath on the Cultural map.

 

Heartlands

 Killucan Library

Tel : (044) 9374260 Email: klnlib@westmeathcoco.ie

Spark of Genius.

A celebration of some of the people who have put Westmeath on the Cultural map.

 Kilbeggan Library

Tel : (057) 9333148 Email: Killib@westmeathcoco.ie

 

Spark of Genius.

A celebration of some of the people who have put Westmeath on the Cultural map.

 Moate Library

Tel : (090) 6481888 Email: moatelib@westmeathcoco.ie

 

Spark of Genius.

A celebration of some of the people who have put Westmeath on the Cultural map.

 

 Golden Era of Ceili Bands

a talk with Brian Lawlor. Please note, booking is essential for this event.

 Mullingar Library

Tel : (044) 9332161 Email: mgarlib@westmeathcoco.ie

 

Spark of Genius.

A celebration of some of the people who have put Westmeath on the Cultural map.

 

 Big houses of Mullingar & environs

Photographs of the Big Houses of Mullingar and the surrounding area from the Mullingar Library Photographic Collection

For further information on Heritage Week events taking place throughout County Westmeath pick up a leaflet in your local library, or print off the Guide to Heritage Week 2014 in Westmeath or go to the council website http://www.westmeathcoco.ie. In addition details of events being held all over Ireland are available on the Heritage Council website on http://www.heritageweek.ie

Shamrokon

Are you a scifi, horror or fantasy fan in Ireland? Did you know that Shamrokon is on in Dublin this weekend?

Shamrokon is a large fandom convention.
It is a special once off event, as it is the European science fiction convention (Eurocon) which is held in a different country each year, with people travelling from all over the world to attend. Shamrokon is the 36th Eurocon and the ESFS Awards presentation will take place at the convention.

Are you going along? Or would you like to?

(Source: shamrokon.ie)

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An Augustus reading list

Yesterday, 19th August 2014, marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor. To commemorate the date Waterstones have a list of suggested books to read about him.

  • Rubicon, Tom Holland
  • Augustus, John Williams (check the library : http://goo.gl/2NNlRk)
  • I, Claudius, Robert Graves (check the library : http://goo.gl/2GBUV4)
  • Augustus, Allan Massie
  • The Ides of March, Thornton Wilder (check the library : http://goo.gl/N4SPsU)
  • Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor, Adrian Goldsworthy
  • The Twelve Caesars, Suetonius (download the ebook : http://goo.gl/NqkEPg)
  • Res Gestae Divi Augusti (The achievements of the Divine Augustus), Augustus Caesar

(Source: waterstones.com)

Guardian first book award 2014: readers’ choice for longlist

May-Lan Tan’s short story collection, Things to Make and Break, is The Guardian’s readers’ nomination for the 2014 First Book Award.

(Source: theguardian.com)

Not the Booker Shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s “Not the booker” prize has been announced by The Guardian:

  • Simon Sylvester – The Visitors (Quercus) with 63 votes
  • Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch (Little, Brown) with 39 votes
    check the library : http://goo.gl/NuMM52
  • Tony Black – The Last Tiger (Cargo) with 39 votes
  • Louis Armand – Cairo (Equus) with 39 votes
  • Iain Maloney – First Time Solo (Freight books) with 37 votes
  • Mahesh Rao – The Smoke Is Rising (Daunt) - with 36 votes

(Source: theguardian.com)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

check the library : http://goo.gl/KbgNrV

Ann Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice, has been named winner of the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

2014 Hugo Awards

Best Novel: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)

Best Novella: “Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)

Best Novelette: “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com /Tor.com, 09-2013)

Best Short Story: “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)

Best Related Work: “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)

Best Graphic Story: “Time” by Randall Munroe (xkcd)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)

Best Editor - Short Form: Ellen Datlow

Best Editor - Long Form: Ginjer Buchanan

Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon

Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki

Best Fanzine: A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher

Best Fancast: SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester

Best Fan Writer: Kameron Hurley

Best Fan Artist: Sarah Webb

The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award): Sofia Samatar

The 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced at a ceremony held at Loncon 3 on Sunday evening, 17 August 2014 in London. The ceremony was hosted by Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman and broadcast live via Ustream with additional live text coverage via CoverItLive.

(Source: loncon3.org)

The Potter’s House by Rosie Thomas

After the summer break Castlepollard Book Club will be meeting in September to discuss The Potter’s House by Rosie Thomas.

check the library : http://goo.gl/A0yu5V