Monthly Archives: January 2013
You can read the opening chapter here
The chair of judges, Dame Jenni Murray, said: “One book simply stood head and shoulders, more than head and shoulders … on stilts, above the rest. We had a really good discussion, like being at a high-powered book club, and I said, ‘OK, let’s have a vote on Bring up the Bodies’ and every hand went up.”
Responding to criticism about her book winning too many awards and stifling other talent, Mantel said she was “not going to apologise”.
“I’m not sorry, I’m happy and I shall make it my business to try to write more books that will be worth more prizes,” she said on stage.
Good for her! Do you think the judges were right?
Bookstart Bear gets excited about his visit to the National Coal Mining Museum!. To celebrate National Storytelling week the Bookstart Bear and his library friends will be telling stories and rhymes at the National Coal Mining Museum on 29th and 30th January 10am-11am. To start the week with stories, visit Airedale Library’s storytime ‘Bookstart Little Darlings’ on Monday 28th, 10am-11am for stories, rhymes and craft.
Because of the weather all libraries will now be closing today (Monday 21st) at 5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Due to essential on-going maintenance work the Local Studies library in Wakefield One will be closed to the public from the afternoon of Thursday 17th January for a period of approximately 26 days. However, we will still be providing as comprehensive a service as possible.
We have done everything possible to minimise the disruption, and have tried to ensure that there are alternative locations for any material which will not be available on this site.
All the book stock will be available but will only be accessible by staff so there will be a short waiting time. Micro-film readers will be available to use in the first floor library.
For further information about what is available and also alternative locations for the material which we are unable to make available during this period, please telephone 01924 305376,
If you are interested in reading and are aged between 13-19, why don’t you come along to the next teenage reader group meeting at Wakefield One Library 4pm 30th Jan.
You will be able to meet other young people and discuss books you enjoy. Just ask for Liz Whitworth or any other member of staff who will welcome you and introduce you to rest of the group.
For all those who are interested in Local History or Family History, you can now access the Local History card indexes for our three biggest libraries (Pontefract, Wakefield and Castleford) through your computer. Some of these refer to newspaper articles which have been indexed, others refer to items that the Library Service has which relate to the local history of the area. You can now find out what resources we have by checking:
So if you’re interested in Sandal Castle, or if you’re wanting to know about the liquorice industry of Pontefract or if you have a relative who was involved with the Theatre Royal at Castleford you can now see what information we can provide.