Monthly Archives: May 2013

The books that made me

Books are powerful things. They can introduce us to new ideas. Give us the courage to do what we couldn’t do before.
Even transform our lives completely.

Here’s Neil Gaiman talking about a book that changed things for him

Waterstones is inviting readers to tell their stories about the books that have made a difference to them in The Book that made me There are lots of stories to read from all sorts of people.

For me it was Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen read to me at school (thanks Mr Brennan) and Alison Uttley’s A Traveller in Time which I found on the classroom bookshelf. They were the first books that took me so completely to another place and time and showed me how powerful a book can be.

What book changed things for you?

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Spring Bank Holiday

Bluebells
Wakefield Council Libraries will be closed on Monday 27th May. Our online services are open 24/7 as usual. Join us from Tuesday 28th for a fun programme of half-term activities

Stephen Booth visit

Dead and BuriedAlready deadStephen Booth, the international award winning author and winner of the Crime Writers’ Association ‘Dagger in the Library’ award will be visiting Wakefield Library and Museum on Friday 14th June,6.30 – 7.30pm.
He is the creator of the DS Ben Cooper and DI Diane Fry series, twelve crime stories set in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak district. ‘Dead and Buried’ is just out in paperback: as moorland fires sweep across the Peak District national park, hundreds of firefighters and park rangers battle to prevent flames reaching a remote inn, once a famous landmark but now abandoned and boarded up. Once the flames have died, a grim surprise awaits DS Ben Cooper and DI Diane Fry: a body.
‘Already Dead’, another page turning thriller from a writer at the top of his game will be published on 20th June.

Free event. Booking essential. Phone Wakefield Library: 01924 305376
Email: wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

National Family Week 27th May – 2nd June

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Tuesday 28th May
10.30 – 11.30am Pontefract Library Summer fun half term activities
For ages 4 -11 Booking essential

Wednesday 29th May
10.30 – 11.00am Ossett Library Bedtime Storytime
For children under 5
Booking not required

Wednesday 29th May
10am – 3pm Airedale Library Food Day.
An all-day event with stalls and activities for all ages
Drop-in event

Wednesday 29th May
2.30 – 4pm Crofton Library Craft activity
For all ages
Booking not required

Thursday 30th May
2 – 3pm Hemsworth Library Craft activity
For all ages.
Booking not required

Thursday 30th May
10.30am –12 noon Stanley Library Family Sports Day
For all ages
Booking not required

Thursday 30th May
2.30 – 3.30pm Crofton Library Story and Rhyme
For children under 5
Booking not required

Thursday 30th May
11am – 12 noon Featherstone Library Very Hungry Caterpillar Wii session
Families, with children under 10
Booking not required

Thursday 30th May
3 – 4.30pm Wakefield Library and Museum Summer Fun crafts
For children over 5
Booking not required

Friday 31st May
10.30 – 11.30am Normanton Library Little Listeners Storytime
For children under 5
Booking not required

Friday 31st May
2 – 3.30pm Knottingley Library Very Hungry Caterpillar Wii session
Families, with children under 10
Booking not required

Friday 31st May
10am – 12.30pm Sandal Library Family Coffee Morning (including Story and Song for children under 5, 10.30 – 11am)
Booking not required

Friday 31st May
10.30 – 11am Hemsworth Library Baby Rhymetime
For children under 5
Booking not required

Friday 31st May
10.30 – 11am Ossett Library Bedtime Storytime
For children under 5
Booking not required

Friday 31st May
2.15 – 3pm Horbury Library Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Families, with children under 10
Booking not required

Friday 31st May
10.30am – 12.30pm South Elmsall Library Crazy Cupcakes! Family craft session
For all ages
Booking not required

2013 Romantic Novel of the Year awarded to Jenny Colgan | News | The Romantic Novelists’ Association

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2013 Romantic Novel of the Year awarded to Jenny Colgan | News | The Romantic Novelists' Association.

Jenny won for ‘Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams’. She is also the author of ‘Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe’ and her latest book, ‘The loveliest chocolate shop in Paris’ Seems to be a bit of a theme here…and it’s making me feel hungry!

National Crime Writing Month

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Wakefield Library is celebrating National Crime month in June and there are three exciting author events to enjoy.
Friday 14th June, 6.30 – 7.30 pm: meet Stephen Booth, international award winning author of the Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series.
Thursday 20th June: Drawing on his trilogy of Joe Geraghty novels and short film, Hull crime author Nick Quantrill explores a forgotten and neglected city on the cusp of change and considers how it might reinvent itself in the future
Saturday 29th June, 2 – 3pm Christina James will be speaking about her work as an crime author and publisher and launching her new book Almost Love

Booking is essential for all events. Phone Wakefield Library: 01924 305376
Email: wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

Join us for Adult Learners Week 18-24 May

Wakefield Libraries will be welcoming people back into learning during Adult
Learners’ Week with activities taking place from May 18 to May 24.
This annual week provides opportunities for people to ‘learn for life’ with a
wide range of fun learning opportunities available to celebrate, inspire and
engage adult learners. For more details see our flyer: ALW_Libraries_events_2013
 

Richard and Judy time again

Close Ends Girl Light Miracles

Natural Sea Sisters Tigers Universe

Richard and Judy’s Summer Book Club has lots more books I want to read -and I haven’t finished the Spring list yet! The Universe versus Alex Woods takes my fancy and Age of Miracles look a bit different. Will you be heading to your deckchair with any of these books?

A taste of Anna

annawoodfordAnna Woodford will be leading a Poetry Reading Workshop,Saturday 18th May 2 – 3pm at Wakefield Library and Museum
Here is a taster..

Bait Shed

He was a Whittle man
now he collects logs and lights
the tree house fire each morning
and cleans up rubbish and does odd
jobs and learns a bit
about gardening as part of a government scheme.

Had my Grandfather lived
he would have taken his breaks
With this man, sitting
shoulder to shoulder in the pit
of the bait shed
which in the olden days was full of apples.

Whittle, a former British coal mine in Northumberland, closed in 1997.

Anna says – ‘Bait Shed’ is in my book Birdhouse and was written as part of a residency I did at Alnwick Garden in Northumberland. A lot of the gardeners there are ex-miners: I was chatting to one in the Bait Shed (bait is local dialect for lunch) and felt like I was communing with my grandfather who died prematurely (like so many miners) before all the pits were shut down.

Anna Woodford’s poetry collection Birdhouse (Salt, 2010) won the Crashaw Prize and was included in a Guardian round-up of the best poetry books of the year.
Booking essential. Phone Wakefield Library: 01924 305376 or email: wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

May Bank Holiday

Tulips
All Wakefield Council Libraries will be closed on Monday 6th May.

Visit http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/librariesonline where you can you can reserve and renew your books, consult online reference resources and download talking books.

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