Monthly Archives: July 2013
The trades people have gone, the books are back on the shelves and the door is open! Stanley Library is ready to welcome back visitors following a programme of major refurbishment, including redecoration, new shelves and computers. Images are below of the new look library, but we’d love you to come along and see the improvements for yourself and tell us what you think.
This made me smile. It’s a very literary list described by the chair of the judges as “surely the most diverse long list in Man Booker history”. Jim Crace is tipped to win – there could be a surprise but I don’t think this year’s prize will see the big sales and headlines Hilary Mantel did last year. The only ones in library stock at the moment are ‘Harvest’ and ‘Testament of Mary’ but if you’d like to read one, place a request at your local library and we will buy a copy. Will you be adding any of these titles to your reading list? The full list is
Tash Aw (Five Star Billionaire)
NoViolet Bulawayo (We Need New Names)
Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries)
Jim Crace (Harvest)
Eve Harris (The Marrying of Chain Kaufman)
Richard House (The Kills)
Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland)
Alison MacLeod (Unexploded)
Colum McCann (Transatlantic)
Charlotte Mendelson (Almost English)
Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being)
Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart)
Colm Toibin (The Testament of Mary)
There’s a spine-tingling adventure waiting in Wakefield Council libraries this summer. Children can discover Creepy House, the Summer Reading Challenge 2013 and join a gang of young explorers as they work their way through three thrilling floors, The Awful Upstairs, The Gruesome Ground Floor and The Spine-tingling Cellar! As they discover the secrets of the house by reading library books and they can collect stickers to add to a special fold-out poster.
Dare them to enter the Creepy House! It’s free to join by visiting any Wakefield Council library from Saturday 13th July. They can choose books for themselves and there will be prizes to win as they read, including a gold medal and certificate if they can read six books. It’s for children aged four and over and it’s a great chance to share books and talk about reading as a family. There will be lots of Creepy House activities in libraries too and there is a special website at http://www.creepy-house.org.uk
Yesterday a unique and wonderful mural was installed in the children’s section of Wakefield Library and Museum. It all began back in February when illustrator and author Lynne Chapman came to the library to hold an art workshop with children from Flanshaw Junior and Infant School and St Austin’s Catholic Primary School. The children were all given a different animal and shown how to draw them as lively action figures. Then Lynne started to work creating a background and fitting their picures into it, with a few of her own drawings added. Add screenshots of our web pages, some real book spines and the mural was ready to go. We did remove just one thing: one of the librarians was saying Shhh! and we NEVER say that. It was sent to a firm that scaled it up and produced it on sheets of vinyl. Yesterday they came to apply it to the wall just like wallpaper, and here are some pictures of it going up. We now have a very special and original artwork – come along and see it and tell us what you think!