Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas opening hours

Wakefield Library and Museum

  • 24 December 2012 – open 9:30am to 5pm
  • 25 – 26 December 2012 – closed
  • 27 – 28 December 2012 – open 9:30am to 5pm
  • 29 – 30 December 2012 – closed
  • 31 December 2012 – 9:30am to 5pm
  • 1 January 2013 – closed
  • Normal opening hours will resume on Wednesday 2 January 2013

All Other Libraries

  • 21 December 2012 – open as normal
  • 22 December 2012 – open as normal
  • 23 December 2012 – closed (except Airedale, which will be open 10:30am – 1:00pm)
  • 24 December 2012 to Tuesday 1 January 2013 – closed
  • 2 January 2013 – All branches open as normal, unless it is their scheduled close day

Crofton Readers Group keeps score

The Readers Group at Crofton have voted on their all time favourite top 20 books. The full list (with scores) is on the Readers Group page but their top three are- at number three, Harper Lee ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, at number two Mary Ann Shaffer’s ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ and the winner…Khaled Hosseini’s ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’Suns

A great choice but I’d put Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird at the head of the list. What would top your all time favourite read list?




From the Reviews page:

I’ve really enjoyed reading the latest from Catherine Bailey (of “Black diamonds” fame). it’s called “The secret rooms” and is all about a real life mystery that she unearthed whilst researching for another book. it’s written in a very different style from her previous book as she details how she went about finding answers to the mystery. Not as good as “Black diamonds”, but still worth a read.







Hands on with history



Cure your toothache with a mixture of sage leaves and salt- members of the Historical Readers Group concoct medieval remedies with Museum officer Alison Creasey after reading The Pardoner’s Crime by Keith Souter. Next month’s book, The Red Tent, is set in pre-historic Palestine so I’m looking forward to see what she can come up with for that.

Reading Groups for Everyone


Reading Groups for Everyone is featuring the best entries from their ”History of the World in 100 Objects” project and one of them is the entry from South Elmsall Readers Group about their visit to Wakefield Museum 

Congratulations to South Elmsall Readers Group for taking part in this exciting project.

Specsavers National Book Awards

The category winners have been announced. Hilary Mantel won UK Author of the Year but I was pleased to see Eowyn Ivey win International Author of the Year for her wonderful book Snow Child. On my must-read list is New Writer of the Year Rachel Joyce for the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry but the headlines are dominated by E.L.James who won the Popular Fiction book of the year. It certainly has been one of the most popular books this year but does it deserve an award? What do you think? You can find the full list of awards and a chance to vote for the Book of the Year here.

Robert Shearman


I enjoyed a wonderful evening last Friday listening to Robert Shearman talking us through his Dr Who episode ‘Dalek’, why he had written it that way and how it had developed and changed up to the finished episode. For any fan this was geek heaven as Robert talked about the planning to bring the series back and shared lots of behind the scenes anecdotes. He’s an excellent speaker and very funny and there were plenty of laughs and questions. Copies of Robert’s short stories ‘Love songs for the shy and cynical’ and ‘Everyone’s just so special’ are being added to library stock so if  you missed him talking about his current work on Saturday afternoon you can reserve a copy. Dark and funny, macabre and moving, Robert’s work is well worth discovering.

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