Monthly Archives: June 2013

National Bookstart Week 24-28 June – the grand finale!

nbw-2013-poster-a4-page-0Theres still just time this week to discover the magic of fairytales with your little ones, we are ending our celebration of national bookstart week with a marathon day of fairytale storytimes with songs and activities for the under-fives, plus we’re giving away, thanks to the support of publishers Child’s Play, copies of the classic Ugly Duckling story, beautifully illustrated by Masumi Furukawa. Events for Friday 28th June include storytimes at:

Wakefield Library 10 – 11am
Hemsworth Library 10.30 – 11.30am
Ossett Library 10.30 – 11.30am
Sandal Library 10.30 – 11.30am
Horbury Library 2.15 – 3pm

Dont miss out! All our storytimes are free and no booking required, just turn up!

Midsummer reading


It’s Midsummer Day and it’s cold and damp. Here are a few of my favourite titles to summon up a hot summer’s day. Do you have a favourite summer book?

Tove Jansson The Summer Book
‘The Summer Book’ is a fresh, vivid and magical novel about seemingly endless summers of discovery. An elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter while away the summer together, on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland, their solitude disturbed only by migrating birds and sudden storms

Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals
Amidst the olive groves and mountains of Corfu, the Durrell family live in chaotic harmony, welcoming a constant stream of eccentric visitors to their villa.

Rumer Godden The Greenage Summer
Originally published in 1958, Rumer Godden’s novel is a tense and evocative novel about growing up one gold-green summer, against a backdrop of secrets, jealousy and romance.

L.P Hartley The Go-between
An invitation to a friend’s house changes an adolescent boy’s life. Discovering an old diary, Leo, now in his sixties, is drawn back to the hot summer of 1900 and his visit to Brandham Hall. The past comes to life as Leo recalls the events

Margery Allingham The Beckoning Lady
Campion’s glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand’s fabulous summer party a murder is discovered and it falls for Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion and deduction with all his imagination and skill

William Trevor Love and Summer
It is summer and a stranger has come to quiet Rathmoye. He is noticed by Ellie, the young convent girl, who is married to Dillahan, a farmer still mourning his first wife. Over the long and warm days, Ellie and the stranger form an illicit attachment. Those in the town can only watch as passion, love and fate take their course

National Reading Group Day

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National Reading Group Day is talking place on Saturday 29th June and we have planned an exciting day of activities on the theme of Crime fiction to be held at Wakefield Library and Museum.
11 – 11.30am Arrival, coffee and a chance to look at some of our new book collections
11.30-12.00 Discussion groups for Peter May The Blackhouse, Christina James In the Family or Wilkie Collins The Moonstone.
12 – 1 Group session: discussion of crime fiction and recommend favorite books, chaired by Julie Walker.
1 – 2 pm lunch. The Create Cafe in Wakefield One will be open or bring a picnic to enjoy in the library.
2-3pm Talk by Christina James, author of In the Family about her work as a writer and publisher and her new book Almost Love
We hope to see lots of Readers Group members on the day. If you haven’t yet booked a place and would like to, email

Nick Quantrill

Join us tomorrow night at Wakefield Library- Thursday 20th 6.30pm – and meet crime writer Nick Quantrill.


Nick’s first novel is ‘Broken Dreams’. Focusing on Hull’s past and future; the novel looks at the death of the city’s fishing industry and explores the problem of how the city can build a new future for itself. ‘Broken Dreams’ also introduces us to Nick’s lead character; rugby league player turned Private Investigator, Joe Geraghty, co-owner of a small detective agency. Nick’s stories are both entertaining and thought provoking, and although the settings may be local to him, the ideas and issues resonate on a much wider basis.

His second novel, ‘The Late Greats’ is now avaiable and you can try a sample from publisher Caffeine Nights.

Books now available on prescription

Reading a Reading Well Books on Prescription title (copyright The Reading Agency) Wakefield Libraries in conjunction with other library services across the UK will be participating in a new service called Reading Well Books on Prescription to help people read themselves back to good health. This means you can go to your library for books which are recommended by health professionals as helping with conditions such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, phobias and some eating disorders.

Health practitioners such as GPs, Nurses and community therapists can ‘prescribe’ these books to patients or patients can refer themselves to their local library branch to access these recommended books. One in four people will experience mental health problems during their lives. There are an estimated six million people with anxiety and depression, yet three quarters get no treatment.

On 4 June the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries Ed Vaizey officially launched the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme at The National Association of Primary Care who support the scheme, which has also been developed in conjunction with the Society of Chief Librarians and local library services.

The core list of books available at Wakefield Libraries in support of this scheme is available here.

A M Homes wins Women’s prize for Fiction 2013

_67996037_may-we-be-forgivenAmerican author A M Homes won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, awarded at a star studded ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall last night. The prize was awarded for Homes’ novel May we be Forgiven, which is a dark satire set in American suburbia. The other novelists on this year’s shortlist were Kate Atkinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Maria Semple and Zadie Smith. Homes wins a prize of £30,000, and is the fifth American author to do so. The Women’s Prize was previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction and will be renamed again next year when a new sponsor, Baileys cream liqueur, will support the prize for a three-year term beginning in 2014.

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013: vote for your favourite!


The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 is due to be announced at a ceremony this evening, Wednesday 5 June, at 18.45pm, broadcast live for the first time on Google+ hosted on The Huffington Post UK website. Viewers can log on to: and see the entire awards ceremony live. This year’s 6-strong judging panel is made up of actress Miranda Richardson, author Jojo Moyes, feminist activist Natasha Walter, author Rachel Johnson and BBC journalist Razia Iqbal. If you were a 7th member of the judging panel, which of this year’s shortlist would you have been championing?

Malorie Blackman is our new Childrens Laureate

malorie blackmanMalorie Blackman, The author of the Noughts and Crosses series and many other teen and young adult novels is the new Guardian children’s laureate, taking over from Julia Donaldson. In her acceptance speech today Malorie listed some of the things she has lined up for her two years as laureate. Her main focus is to “get more children reading more” and she would also like to promote graphic novels and comics, as well as short stories to make reading more accessible. She’s also a big supporter of libraries and aims to ensure that all children in the UK have their own library ticket. Malorie has written over 50 childrens books, with her most famous being the Noughts and Crosses series which includes Noughts & Crosses (2001), Knife Edge (2004), Checkmate (2005) and Double Cross (2008). You can read the first chapters of Noughts and Crosses for free here. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 and her most recent novel is Boys Don’t Cry (2010). For more information about Malorie and previous Laureates check out the Guardian Childrens Laureate website.

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