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IWT Longford/Westmeath is running a mushroom forray on September 27th

Tomorrow, September 18, 2014 is Read an eBook Day

Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the festivities by checking your favorite eBook out from the library, sharing your reading stories, entering to win prizes or just simply setting aside some time to read. Celebrate with your fellow readers.

Check out Westmeath Library Service’s Digital Library



How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?

Going by the average reading rate of most adults (300 words per minute), Personal Creations mocked up this infographic to put some of literature’s most popular works into perspective.

Via Electric Lit.

LadyArwen: Interesting. But definitely not accurate for me. Some books (like Da Vinci Code) read so much faster than others. And others I take time to digest and re-read certain passages, so they take longer. Thoughts?

In the Dark by Deborah Moggach

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Historical, domestic and sexy like Moggach’s best-selling Tulip Fever, this is a tantalizing, page-turning story set in South London’s dark and dirty streets during WWI.


Ten authors have today been longlisted for the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library award:

Bat Talk/Walk

Castlepollard Tidy Towns are hosting a Bat Talk/Walk in Castlepollard library on Thurs next 18th Sep at 7pm. Presentation by Andrew & Aine Fenner of Bat Conservation Ireland.
All are welcome.

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 2014 takes place on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 when free mouth cancer examinations are offered throughout the country. For a full list of participating dentists, click here.

Mouth cancer examinations are quick and painless. Please consult your dentist or GP about a mouth cancer examination - taking 10 minutes that could save your life.

Winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2014

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2014, as announced on Sunday, 7 September 2014, at the awards banquet at FantasyCon 2014 in York:

    Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer Press)
  • Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award): The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes (HarperCollins)
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  • Best novella: Beauty, Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
  • Best short story: Signs of the Times, Carole Johnstone (Black Static #33)
  • Best anthology: End of the Road, Jonathan Oliver (ed.) (Solaris)
  • Best collection: Monsters in the Heart, Stephen Volk (Gray Friar Press)
  • Best small press: The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn)
  • Best comic/graphic novel: Demeter, Becky Cloonan
  • Best artist: Joey Hi-Fi
  • Best non-fiction: Speculative Fiction 2012, Justin Landon and Jared Shurin (eds) (Jurassic London)
  • Best magazine/periodical: Clarkesworld, Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker (ed.) (Wyrm Publishing)
Best film/television episode: Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO) Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Ann Leckie, for Ancillary Justice (Orbit) The British Fantasy Society Special Award (The Karl Edward Wagner Award): Farah Mendlesohn



7 Novels to Read if You Love Batman

  • Perdido Street Station by China Miéville.
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. (check the library :
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (check the library :
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (check the library : or Download the ebook :
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (check the library :
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • All the Beautiful Sinners by Stephen Graham Jones

(via davenportlib)