The Family Learning Festival takes place 18th October to the 2nd November 2014. Wakefield Libraries will be running a whole host of activities during the festival including family storytimes, craft activities, internet tasters, workshops and much more. Details of what’s on at libraries across the district can be viewed below or downloaded here (PDF) FLF_Libraries_events_2014 .
All Wakefield Libraries events listed below are free to attend and unless otherwise stated, do not require advance booking.
Family learning is a fun way for parents, grandparents, extended family members, children or carers to learn together. Sometimes it is about parents wanting to support their children in the best possible way. For some adults it is a chance to ‘have another go’ at learning.
Family Learning Festival is an annual event run by the Campaign for Learning . The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘Out of this World. Take an adventure in learning from exploring outer space, to understanding scientific discoveries and the natural world.
Whats on in Wakefield Libraries
|18/10/2014||10am-12pm||South Elmsall Library||Get Ready for Halloween with fun crafts|
|20/10/2014||10am – 11am||Pontefract Library||‘Out of This World’ PAWS Craft Activity & Stories|
|20/10/2014||2pm – 3pm||Pontefract Library||‘Out of This World’ Stepping Stones Craft Activity & Stories|
|20/10/2014||11am-11.30am||Featherstone Library||‘Out of this world’ storytime|
|21/10/2014||11am – 11.30am||Pontefract Library||‘Out of This World’ Church Group Activity & Stories|
|21/10/2014||9.30am-11am||South Elmsall Library||‘Out of this world’ Story Time|
|21/10/2014||1.30pm-2.30pm||Wakefield One Library and Museum||Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time|
|22/10/2014||9.15am – 10.15am||Pontefract Library||‘Out of This World’ Baby Morning Activity & Stories|
|22/10/2014||10.30am-11.30am||Sandal Library||‘Out of this world’ Story Time|
|22/10/2014||10.30am – 11.30am||Pontefract Library||‘Out of This World’ Baby Morning Activity & Stories|
|23/10/2014||10am-11am||Castleford Library||‘Out of this world’ Baby Morning|
|24/10/2014||10.30am-11am||Hemsworth Library||‘Out of this world’ Baby Rhyme Time|
|24/10/2014||10am-11am||Wakefield One Library and Museum||Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time|
|24/10/2014||10.30am-11am||Ossett Library||‘Out of this world’ Story Time|
|24/10/2014||2.15pm-3pm||Horbury Library||‘Out of this world’ Story Time|
|27/10/2014||11.00am-11.30am||Featherstone Library||‘Out of this world’ storytime|
|27/10/2014||2pm-3pm||Airedale Library||‘Out of this world’ Family Craft Activities|
|27/10/2014||2pm-4pm||Hemsworth Library||Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270|
|28/10/2014||9.45am-10.45am||Pontefract Library||‘Out of This World’ Half-term Craft Activities. To book 01977 727692|
|28/10/2014||10.15am-11am||South Elmsall Library||Spooky Halloween story time|
|28/10/2014||1.30pm-2.30pm||Wakefield One Library and Museum||‘Out of this world’ Under 5’s Story time|
|28/10/2014||2pm-4pm||Hemsworth Library||Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270|
|28/10/2014||2pm-3pm||Sandal library||‘Out of this World craft activity|
|28/10/2014||10.15am-11am||South Elmsall Library||Creepy-crawly Halloween storytime|
|29/10/2014||10.30-11am||Ossett Library||‘Out of this world’ Story Time|
|29/10/2014||11am-2pm||Airedale Library||Family Learning craft and stories with Author Conrad Burdekin spooky masks, eye patches, lanterns and spiders!|
|29/10/2014||2pm-5pm||Knottingley library||‘Out of this world’ space rockets and spooky Halloween crafts session|
|29/10/2014||4pm-5pm||Wakefield One Library and Museum||‘Out of this world’ Teenage Readers Group|
|30/10/2014||2pm-3pm||Airedale Library||Halloween Craft Activity – make scary bats and ghosts!|
|30/10/2014||2pm-4pm||Hemsworth Library||Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270|
|30/10/2014||2.30pm-3.30pm||Featherstone Library||‘Out of this world Halloween craft and story to book 01977 722745|
|30/10/2014||4pm-5pm||Hemsworth Library||Halloween Craft Activity|
|31/10/2014||10.30am-11am||Hemsworth Library||‘Out of this world’ Baby Rhyme Time|
|31/10/2014||2pm-4pm||Hemsworth Library||Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270|
|31/10/2014||2.15pm-3pm||Horbury Library||‘Out of this world’ Story Time|
|31/10/2014||10.30am-12.30pm||South Elmsall Library||Halloween family craft morning|
|31/10/2014||10am-11am||Wakefield One Library and Museum||Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time|
|31/10/2014||10.30am-11am||Ossett Library||‘Out of this world’ Story Time|
October is Black History month, and to celebrate we are hosting an evening of family fun with an African theme. Join us at Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, on Wednesday 8th October 4-8pm for a range of family fun activities. Get it loud in the library with a Drumming workshop, hear an African story or two, do some craft, and look at the African costumes on display in the library entrance area. Its going to be a noisy, lively colourful party, and its free, so just drop in and enjoy the fun! Just one of a series of events being held in Wakefield to celebrate Black History Month this October.
We have just opened a new library. It’s not a building though, it’s a digital branch. OneClickdigital now includes eBooks as well as eAudiobooks. There are three thousand titles to choose from -crime, romance, history, biographies, children’s books – there is something for everybody and new titles will be added in the future. All you need is to visit the site and enter your library card number, create an account, download the app suitable for your device and choose your books. It’s very easy to use and if you do have any problems there is an excellent helpdesk service.eBooks are issued for three weeks just like conventional books, you can renew them and there are no late return fines to pay. You may be tempted by a talking book as well; the choice is excellent. We also have a magazine service too, Zinio , with a wide selection of popular consumer magazines and lots of useful reference titles. Your library card is the key to a whole range of free services you can use from home so why not visit our digial library today.
Just five weeks to go to the third annual Wakefield Lit Fest and it’s bigger and better than ever. Poet and writer Jackie Kay opens the festival and Simon Armitage, Ian Macmillan and Roger McGough are also appearing. Will Self is sure to be an interesting evening and Joanne Harris will be talking about her fantasy novel The Gospel of Loki. Ben Aaronovich’s PC Grant series has a lot of fans and Stuart Maconie will draw both music and book lovers.
The library has a full week of events. On Monday 22, author Stephen May will be talking about his novel ‘Wake Up Happy Every Day’. On Tuesday storyteller Christine McMahon will be leading an afternoon workshop for anyone interested in developing the skill of oral storytelling and in the evening telling stories inspired by the textile heritage of Yorkshire and Lancashire in ‘On Tenterhooks – folktales with occasional sheep. On Wednesday evening John Sunderland will be talking about how he designed the Jorvik Centre in York and his book ‘On the Way to Jorvik’. On Friday Leah Thorn will be exploring the power of expressive writing for women in prison and presenting works written by women at New Hall. For writers, York author N.E. David will be exploring how to overcome writers block in ‘A defence against the Dark Arts’ and Christina James will be giving advice on how to get published as well as reading from her new book ‘Sausage Hall’.
Saturday 27th September Lit Fest takes over Ossett for a ‘Festival in a Day’ and storyteller Susanna Meese from Telling Tales will be leading a storywalk from Ossett Library to the festival HQ at Trinity Church.
The following Saturday, 27th, is our Readers Group Day- everyone is welcome, even if you are not a member of a readers group. I am very excited that our guest speaker will be Jo Baker, author of ‘Longbourn’.
All library events are free but booking is requested, via the Lit Fest Box Office at the Theatre Royal Wakefield.
We will shortly have something a little different in Wakefield Library. The Stanley Ferry logboat is about a thousand years old and the earliest known logboat with evidence of fitted ribs. (pictured above being assembled) It was discoverd near the River Calder in 1838 during an excavation for the aqueduct and we are thrilled to welcome it back to Wakefield.
To go with it, there is a beautiful map of England at the period when the logboat was in use by local artist John Welding. Do drop in next week to see this fascinating link to Wakefield’s past.
If you would like a Viking novel to enjoy after seeing the boat you could try one of the Warrior Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell, The Whale Road by Robert Low, or Odinn’s Child by Tim Severin. Vikings are popular in Mills and Boon romances (illustrated by lots of muscular torsoes) but I’d go for Anya Seton’s Avalon (sadly out of print) or Joanne Harris’s new fantasy novel The Gospel of Loki. Joanne will be at Wakefield Lit fest this year to talk about this novel. Finally, written for younger readers but enjoyable at any age, Rosemary Sutcliff’s Sword Song or Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Bracelet of Bone.
The summer holidays will be with us soon and we are all ready for our biggest reading promotion of the year, the Summer Reading Challenge. Evey year, three quarters of a million children join the Summer Reading Challenge in their local libraries and try to read six books before they go back to school. This year the theme is the Mythical Maze and when they join they will get a wonderful Maze poster designed by this year’s artist Sarah McIntyre. As they read books they will get stickers of creatures like mermaids and unicorns to add to the maze. There are little rewards too and a gold medal and certificate when they complete the challenge. Sometimes the certificates are awards in assemblies when they go back to school so that their teachers know who has taken part. The challenge really helps children keep up their reading skills over the summer break when there is often a dip in reading levels but there is no need to tell them it’s good for them- they will just think it’s fun and will want to hurry back to the library to collect their next stickers. It’s suitable for any child of 4 and over, they can choose any books they like to read, or to share with an adult if they are just learning to read, there’s a website they can explore with games and reading ideas and best of all it’s totally free! Get the family lost in the Mythical Maze this summer!
In honour of the Tour de France, I shall take a bummel through some literary cycling. What is a bummel? It’s a leisurely stroll or trip. Jerome K Jerome takes one through Germany with his friends George and Harris in ‘Three Men on the Bummel’, a sequel to a comic favourite of mine, ‘Three Men in a Boat.’ It was nearly as celebrated as the original when it was published in 1900 but is little read now and I have to confess it is still on my ‘to read one day’ list.
Many bikes in literature come in stories written around the turn of the century when cycling was a new craze. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote two Sherlock Holmes stories involving bikes. In ‘The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist’ Sherlock deduces she rides by the wear on her shoes and solves the mystery of why a bearded cyclist is following her every day. . In ‘The Adventure of the Priory School’, a kidnapping tale, Sherlock has to look carefully at the marks left by different tyres to solve the mystery.
H.G Well’s ‘The Wheels of Chance’ came out in 1896. It’s a comic “bicycling idyll” featuring a draper’s assistant called Hoopdriver who undertakes a cycling tour of the south coast and saves a young lady cyclist from a would-be seducer.
A fleet of bicycles stars in one of my favourite scenes from ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ Mark Twain (1889). The Yankee has travelled in time and is introducing King Arthur’s Court to the benefits of modern technology. He and the King are travelling in disguise and in danger of being executed when ‘’ by George! here they came, a-tilting!—five hundred mailed and belted knights on bicycles! The grandest sight that ever was seen. Lord, how the plumes streamed, how the sun flamed and flashed from the endless procession of webby wheels!’’
Bikes feature in two books from the Queens of Crime: ‘Five Red Herrings’ by Dorothy Sayers where the solution to the murder involves timing a top speed cross country bike ride and Marjorie Allingham’s ‘Dancers in Mourning’ in which an actor who is the president of a cycling club is murdered with an exploding bicycle.
Cycling, in particular the introduction of the ‘safety bicycle’ in the 1880s, made a huge difference to women. John Galsworthy in ‘The Forsyte Saga’ writes ‘Under its influence, wholly or in part, have wilted chaperons, long and narrow skirts, tight corsets, hair that would have come down, black stockings, thick ankles, large hats, prudery and fear of the dark; under its influence, wholly or in part, have bloomed week-ends, strong nerves, strong legs, strong language, knickers, knowledge of make and shape, knowledge of woods and pastures, equality of sex, good digestion and professional occupation–in four words, the emancipation of woman.”
I met this again reading ‘Goodbye Mr Chips’ recently (James Hilton, 1934) when the Victorian school-master meets his future wife: ‘He was a quiet, conventional person, and the world, viewed from the haven of Brookfield, seemed to him full of distasteful innovations; there was a fellow named Bernard Shaw who had the strangest and most reprehensible opinions; there was Ibsen, too, with his disturbing plays; and there was this new craze for bicycling which was being taken up by women equally with men. Chips did not hold with all this modern newness and freedom.’ He falls in love and marries this alarming ‘New Woman’ though.
More recently, you could try ‘The White Woman on the Green Bicycle’, by Monique Roffey which tells the story of Sabine Harwood, who in the 1950s travels from Britain to make a new life in Trinidad with her husband George. Always an outsider, she cycles everywhere and becomes famous with the locals as “the white woman who rides everywhere on her green bicycle” or ‘Gold’ by Chris Cleave. This is set at an Olympic Velodrome where Kate and Zoe, who have trained together for years are in competition in their last race. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.
There are lots of children’s books with bikes in because riding your first bike is such a childhood milestone. My favourite is from the wonderful Quentin Blake. In ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’ she decides that ‘what this bike needs’ is a horn, a bathroom, a picnic, a seat for her dog, an umbrella, a sail…children will love waiting for the inevitable crash!
Wherever you are heading this weekend, enjoy your bummel!