Monthly Archives: August 2013

Knottingley Library relocating in September.

Knottingley Library will be relocating to Knottingley Sports Centre in September.

The library will close to the public for four days from 2 September as it will be relocating to a newly refurbished room within Knottingley Sports Centre.

The library will reopen at its new location, only a few metres away from the current library, on Friday 6 September at 9am, and the staff are looking forward to welcoming all customers, old and new.

The new library has been redecorated, with new carpeting, new shelving, furniture and a brand new layout. It will also see an increase in opening hours to the public and will be open:

Mon 2pm – 7pm

Tues 9am – 7pm

Wed 9am – 7pm

Thurs 9am – 1pm

Fri 9am – 7pm

Sat 9am – 1:30pm

To cover the four-day gap in service the mobile library will make an additional stop on Monday 2 September between 3pm and 5pm, and it will be parked at the back of the Knottingley Sports Centre.

Computer access will still be available at any other Council libraries, the nearest libraries to Knottingley are Airedale and Pontefract libraries.

We apologise for any disruption the temporary closure will cause, but hope all users to the library will appreciate the improved facilities when it reopens.

Wakefield Lit Fest

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Wakefield Lit Fest returns for its second year 21 – 30 September. The theme is ‘Everyone has a story’ and you can see the full programme and book online at the festival website There’s something for everyone – creative writing, stories, walks, art and of course authors.
Don’t miss the Readers’ morning on 21st with Gavin Extence (The Universe versus Alex Woods) and James Wheatley (Magnificent Joe), a chance to discuss the books with their authors and other readers. I’m really looking forward to a morning with other passionate readers talking about books!
21st September will be a red letter day as one of my favourite authors, Tracy Chevalier, is speaking (at the Westgate Unitarian Chapel at 7pm) about her new book The Last Runaway.
Carol Ann Duffy- yes, the Poet Laureate – is appearing on 26th for an evening of poetry and music then there is just time to see David Nobbs, author of comedy classics like ‘A Bit of a Do’
I enjoyed the TV series so I must see Michael Wood talking about his ‘Story of England’ project on 27th..Those are my highlights. What will you be going to see or taking part in?

Changed Opening Times at Wakefield Library and Museum

20130123_144402In response to customer usage patterns at Wakefield One Library and Museum we are changing our opening times slightly earlier in the mornings, to improve service to customers.

World Cat Day

8th August is World Cat Day. Anyone who owns a cat knows that every day is a special cat day but to celebrate, here are some of my favourite literary mogs.

Cat in the Hat Who can resist the anarchic Cat and the fun and chaos he causes with Thing One and Thing Two!

Gobbolino Gobbolino the Witch’s cat and his search for a simple home was a childhood favourite. Written in the 1940s by Ursula Moray Williams and still in print.

Scarface claw Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town and Slinky Malinki by the wonderful Lynley Dodd. Stortyime favourites.

Old Possum I love T.S.Eliot’s cat poems. He let out the secret about a cat’s names

Then for adults, there is the talking cat Tobermory in a short story by Saki – you can read it here at East of the Web’s short story site.

Do you have any favourite literary animals?

ESOL Class visit


Library staff work with local ESOL groups (that’s English for Speakers of Other Languages) encouraging them to develop their reading skills by taking the Six Book Challenge. Lynne Holroyd and Pat Richardson were delighted to welcome the WEA ESOL class from St Swithuns to Wakefield Library for the first time and gave them a tour of the services available. Tutor Jean Smethust said ‘Everyone enjoyed the visit greatly. The women found the cookery, needlework and children’s sections particularly interesting. All are now members of the Library, and feel able and confident to go to the Library again, and take their children there too.’ Read more about the visit at the WEA site

Try Reading

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Try Reading is a project libraries all over the north of England are running leading up to the Rugby League World Cup this autumn. Sports clubs and libraries are working together to encourage more people to enjoy reading, creative writing and drama. As part of the project, children at St Joseph Catholic Primary School Castleford enjoyed a fun-filled day.

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The library Outreach Team worked with the school, Castleford Tigers and The Yew Tree Youth Theatre delivering a non stop day of activities to encourage children not only to read but to get them involved in dance, sport and drama. Throughout the day Castleford Tiger players and TJ the mascot joined in the activities and visited the classes whilst the team were reading a story and promoting the Summer Reading Challenge.

There are two Try Reading events this summer for all the family to enjoy. Author Tom Palmer will be holding a Family Sports Challenge at Normanton Library on 12th August 2.30 – 3.30pm. Phone the library on 01924 302525 to book a place and enjoy Tom’s special Rugby Challenge.
Then join us at the Castleford Tigers Learning Den at the Wish Communications Stadium WF10 2SD on 19th August 2 – 4pm for lots of family fun activities. No need to book, just drop in.

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