Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Look for notices in the 15 minutes before the readings begin. Notices and notecards will go out to the WOI Library Group, Beautiful Minds, and Wild Irish Women. IMs will go out to Bookstacks, Caledon Library, Librarians of Second Life, and the Storytelling Guild. When you see them, don't hesitate! Like the "BOO!" sessions in October, these spontaneous sessions will only last 30 minutes or so. Come on along!
Stories read live in voice.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Derry will also share some lore of the moon!
Stories live in voice and to benefit Project Children.
Now is the winter of our discontent ... and winter poetry often reflects our fears and anxieties about this bleak season, a time of reflection, introspection, sometimes loneliness ... but also of seeing the deep structure of things, enjoying the beauty of snow, ice and bare branches, and preparing for the new Spring to come.
Join me tonight at 7pm for a reading in voice, chat in voice or text ... I have poems chosen from a variety of my favorite poets, including Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, e.e. cummings, Lisel Mueller, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and others ... come hear about winter!
Everyone welcome :)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Read live in Voice.
Find out more about Ms. DiCamillo and her work (including a delightful essay on how she started out as an author) at http://www.katedicamillo.com/
Time to ring out the old year and embrace the promise of the new one: Join the West of Ireland Storytellers this week for stories to enlighten and entertain.All read live in Voice. All times SLT.
Monday, December 28 @ 7pm - Part I: The Magicians Elephant with Caledonia Skytower
Tuesday, December 29 @ 7pm - Winter Poetry with our Aoife Lorefield.
Wednesday, December 30 @ 7pm - Seasonal Stories with Derry McMahon & Rosslyn Guardian.
Look out for Surprise Stories on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!
Other Story Events Presented by WOI Storytellers around the Grid to benefit Project Children:
Tuesday, December 29 @ 5:30pm - Holiday Stories with Caledonia Skytower in Magicland.
Stories all read Live in VOICE. IM the Storytellers for Landmarks to readings not taking place at the WOI Library, OR at the Library click on the Celtic Cross Window Ornament or the Large Green Leather Book by the Librarian's desk for a notecard with this schedule and embedded landmarks.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
For Landmark, look for notices in-world or IM Cale or Derry that afternoon. Stories will be read in Voice and donations will be accepted for Project Children.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Come hear selected chapters from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus from the revered author who created the magical land of Oz.
Read live in voice.
Read in Voice.
Wednesday, December 23rd at 6pm . . . Caledonia will be at the Steelhead Public Library joining other SL Storytellers for
Thursday, December 24th @ 4pm . . . THE LIFE AND
ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS by L.Frank Baum (selected Chapters) Read in Voice at WOI Library. http://slurl.com/secondlife/West%20of%20Ireland/43/174/25
Thursday, December 24th @ 6pm . . . THE POLAR EXPRESS and other holiday stories. Read in Voice at Magicland Park http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bracket/175/38/35
Saturday, December 26th @ 5:30pm . . . AUNTIE CLAUS and other holiday stories. Read in Voice at Magicland Park http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bracket/175/38/35
Sunday, December 27th @ 5pm . . . I SEE SANTA EVERYWHERE and other holiday stories. Read in Voice at Magicland Park http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bracket/175/38/35
Monday, December 28th @ 7pm . . . Part I: THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT Read in Voice at WOI Library. http://slurl.com/secondlife/West%20of%20Ireland/43/174/25
Tuesday, December 29th @ 5:30pm . . . New Years and other holiday stories. Read in Voice at Magicland Park http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bracket/175/38/35
The readings at Magicland Park will be taking place adjacent to their scheduled Holiday Parade . . . . if you haven't seen it, it is delightful fun. Happy Holly Daze. . . feel free to bring a friend (either in world or out) and listen in. And may the New Year being friends, family, and many blessings to you and yours.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Tonight at 7:00 pm SLT, meet me at the library with your favorite winter holiday poems, (very) short stories, or excerpts from longer pieces ... It's your turn to shine like a string of glittering lights!
I will happily turn the mic over to you, read poetry and prose you pass me on notecards, or try to find special requests. Presenting in voice, chat in voice or text ... and since the Christmas Carol set is still up, feel free to come in your best holiday garb and use Dicken's London as the backdrop for your holiday photo.
All are welcome, with holiday greetings for all :)
Sunday, December 20, 2009
**SPOILER ALERT**Okay, we have to do a wee semi-spoiler here . . . so if you plan on getting the book and experiencing it with your own family or friends and don't want to know DON'T READ ANY FARTHER! Larry, Debbie, and Splint finally find the Christmas Box in the garage and they find out what happened to Terrence. They race back to the tree to tell the Tree-Lord of a desperate and looming threat to the Tree-Dwellers way of life before they all get packed back in that same box for another "Long Sleep." But dark and sinister forces are at work, and not everything is as it seems. Find out what happens in the exciting final chapters of Secrets of a Christmas Box.
Read Live in Voice.
For more info on the author and the novel:
You can find Secrets of a Christmas Box at:
Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon:
Not too late to make a gift of it to family or loved ones!
“Library presentations are a means of advancing knowledge. We believe education and entertainment go hand in hand in the literary realm. To this end The Library encourages Storytellers and presenters to provide information and objects related to the presentation to guests to enhance their experience.”
--from the newly adopted WOI Library Copyrighted Works Policy
(Release Version 01 – 12.20.2009)
The subject of Intellectual Property Rights in Second Life (SL) has been a topic of passionate advocacy and heated debate over the last several months. Everything from “copybotting” (a bot placed in a location which steals objects created by one to be taken and sold by another who did not create them) to the presentation of copyrighted works has been subject to scrutiny and question. How does that affect the West of Ireland (WOI) Library and
The purpose of a library, real world or virtual, is to promote literary works and to act as a community resource. We usually think of this as involving a large collection of books, periodicals, varied media (music, movies) and computers for online research.
It might interest you to know that the WOI Library there is actually a “collection” which is contained in the bookshelves near the Library entrance. Four of the bookcases contain specific genres of literature in notecard form: Women’s Literature, Science Fiction-Fantasy, Shakespeare, etc. The fifth bookcase (which has a totem pole standing on top of it) contains a wide variety of notecard books and wearable books from The Library’s presentations starting in March of 2008. All of the Library’s “collection” are in works in the public domain.
At the West of Ireland Library our purpose is more specific than a public library's in real life might be, much as a legal or medical library has a specified focus. Our purpose is to honor the Celtic tradition of oral storytelling by the presentation in live voice of a wide variety of works of literature including those of Celtic origin. The objective is to promote exploration of genres and authors, encompassing works across the spectrum of traditional and contemporary literature. The Library uses Second Life to do what libraries have done since time immemorial. The method, in this case, is oral presentation in a communal environment. At no time are presented works passed off as creations of anyone other than the original authors, and there is no admission fee charged.
Could the WOI Library simply present nothing but works in the public domain? Certainly, there is a large body of works available that are in the public domain. Would this really serve our audiences? To focus exclusively on works written prior to 1923? Such uses as the WOI Library makes of copyrighted non-dramatic works are covered by Title 17 of the United States Code, which covers copyright statutes. As the WOI Charity Estate in SL has it’s organizational basis in the
“It is the intention of copyright law to stimulate creativity for the enrichment of the general public. It attempts to do this by prohibiting use of another’s original works for personal profit. Such use would be defined as derivative and prohibited by copyright law. The West of Ireland Library (The Library) views the presentation of literary works as transformative rather than derivative. Such presentations feature works in a new way to persons that may not have previously accessed or encountered these works.”
For conversations on “transformative” versus “derivative” use of copyrighted materials:
The entire text of the WOI Library's new policy is available at the library by clicking on the copyright poster over the Librarian's Desk. If you have any questions or information to share, feel free to contact Librarian Derry McMahon by notecard on the SL grid.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The West of Ireland Library (WOI) Storytellers will reprise their holiday presentation, for a second year, of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in live voice on Sunday, December 20 at 1pm at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center with donations benefiting the real life charity Project Children.
Visit the Posting for the December 14th presentation for more details and for helpful links to more information on Charles Dicken's, A Christmas Carol, and Dickensian London.
All will be read live in voice. All the performers are volunteers and donations are accepted to support Project Children, a real world non-profit positively affecting the lives of children in Northern Ireland: Second Life activity, with meaningful Real Life results.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
About the Winter Solstice:
About the Santa Claus Legend:
And for fun!
John Keane's stories were such a hit last week, I agreed to come back and read more tonight. Writing of Irish Christmas events in the small towns and villages of a time now fading, full of warmth, humor, character, and a little sadness, Keane always remembers we are all human, and need each other more than we care to admit.
Join me for stories read in voice ... chat in voice or text ... all are welcome!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
For More on Dicken's Life & Times:
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
87% - Looking into other works by that particular author online, at a book store, or a library?
75% - Looking into a particular subject on the internet, or through other research media?
66% - Buying the book for yourself or someone else?
58% - Checking the book out at a Library?
58% - Investigating other works written in a particular genre or form?
0% - Nothing. Just Listened.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
With snow blanketing much of the U.S. today, as well as many sims throughout Second Life, we're ready for some holiday cheer ... so join me in the West of Ireland Library this evening for Christmas stories from the wonderful John B. Keane. His tales of mirth and mayhem, roistering and redemption, are some of my favorite readings for this time of year.
A note: My ISP has been erratic, and SL is crashing me every other time I try to tp anywhere so, if I fail to materialize at my appointed time, the marvelous Caledonia Skytower has offered to read for you, The Nutcracker. Either way, bring your hot cocoa or mulled wine and join us at the library :)
Reading in voice, chat in voice or text ... all welcome!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Secrets of a Christmas Box takes you into the society of the "Tree Dwellers", the denizens who spend over eleven months of the year asleep in boxes only to come to life during the holidays when they are part of a decorated Christmas tree. Larry the Snowman has awakened from his annual "big sleep" and has found most everyone dear to him except his brother. Where is Terrence? Join Larry, his girlfriend Debbie, and a newcomer Splint as their search extends to the scary, dangerous world beyond the tree.
Caledonia will be reading more selected chapters from this book at Magicland Sunday night December 13, and then at the West of Ireland in December. All readings will be in Voice, and benefit Project Children.
For more about Secrets of a Christmas Box and author Steven Hornby, to read reviews, and find other useful links visit www.secretsofachristmasbox.com/
You can find Secrets of a Christmas Box at:
Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon:
Limited Edition Sets available at
Friday, December 4, 2009
Time for stories of Winter, whether yours is white, wet, or sunny. As the Wheel of the Year rolls to the "dark side" look for tales of icy fun and adventures of the season. Join Derry McMahon, Gyro Muggins, and Caledonia Skytower . . . and bring something or someone warm to cuddle with.
If you have NOT been to the Icy Season build at Fig in the Fruit Islands, you are missing something unique and beautiful. Look for notices in-world with landmarks to get to the story session, and then save some time to explore: Bears, Deer, Wolves, Penguins, and Ice Castle and so much more!
Stories Presented in Voice and Benefiting Project Children.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Derry McMahon brings selected chapters of this novel to voice.
As the heroine explores the parallels between her journey, and the wheel of the year, you can explore these links to find out more about the author and her book:
Mist nets are the delicate, stretchy nets biologists use to study migrating birds and bats ... but on this morning, Hannah McBride finds something unusual in hers. How can she make sense of what she sees? And what will happen when the other grad students find out?
Tonight's tale is a celebration of spring, a reminder of what we're looking forward to after winter. Join me as I read this short story in voice, with chat in voice or text. All welcome!