Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Birthday Wakefield One Library and Museum!

Wow, we can’t believe its already been a year! Wakefield One Library and Museum is one year old today, happy birthday to us! We hope everyone 20130123_144402has enjoyed their visiting, borrowing books, viewing exhibitions, school classes, crafts, storytimes, using the computers, reading the newspapers, playing the Wii, reader groups, author talks, ancestry research, quietly studying, browsing the CD and DVD collections, settling down with a Create coffee and a book, checking out Wakefield’s heritage, trying on historic hats, visiting the caiman in the museum, chatting to staff… but most of all learning and enjoying a great time with us!

1005316_308191225982950_277962374_nTell us what inspired you at Wakefield One Library and Museum this year…Was it one of the exhibitions?, Your favourite museum object?, Did you research your ancestors?, Attend a fun event?, Find a great read?, Fall in love?, Achieve enlightenment?

And, if you haven’t visited us yet…Do drop in soon! We’d love to meet you!

Men in the Mirror

There is a new exhibition opening at Wakefield Museum on Saturday 26th October. It’s called ‘Men in the Mirror’ and it’s all about men’s hair and the history of its grooming. To celebrate this, here are some famous (or infamous) literary hairs. How many of them can you name? (answers in the comments, no cheating!)

Big Beard Category:
Whitman Tolstoy Hemingway

Modern Beard Category:

Rushdie Martin Faulks

Interesting Moustache Category:

Twain Orwell Conan Doyle

Truly Horrible Category:

Thoreau Melville Ibsen Dickens

Finally, the best beard in poetry courtesy of Edward Lear:

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’

And the winner is…


The 2013 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Eleanor Catton for ‘The Luminaries’ It’s nice to see a fresh new talent getting the award. New Zealander Catton is only 28, the youngest ever Booker winner. I must confess to being a little daunted by the 832 pages of the story but the more I read about it, the more interesting it sounds. Here is an extract from the book via the Telegraph and their review of the book. ‘A Victorian sensation novel wrapped in a post-modern experiment’ sounds like something I’d enjoy. Will you be reading The Luminaries? If you do or have already, please do share your thoughts with us.

Your New Look Horbury Library

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The new look Horbury Library opened this morning welcoming customers old and new into its newly refurbished, inviting interior. The Library has been repainted, and been fitted with new furniture, lighting, blinds and carpets to provide a light and airy atmosphere. The childrens section boasts comfy seating and a junior study area, whilst adults can relax on sofas, read or browse the internet, and benefit from a new self-service book issue machine. Check out these images to get a flavour of what awaits….visit us soon and tell us what you think!

Super Thursday

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It’s a busy day for the book world: Super Thursday, when publishers bring out all the celebrity memoirs and cook books they hope we will give as presents this Christmas. Today 1569 books are being published! Tipped for top sellers are Jennifer Saunders ‘Bonkers’, Sharon Osbourne ‘Unbreakable’ and David Jason ‘David Jason’. Sport memoirs are popular with Mo Farrah ‘Twin Ambitions’, Harry Redknapp ‘Alwys Managing’ and Andrew Strauss ‘ Driving Ambition.’ Perhaps there will be a cookery book under your tree: Lorraine Pacal’s A Lighter Way to Bake’, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Fruit Every Day’ or Gok Wan’s ‘Gok’s Wok’. There are plenty of novels too. Helen Fielding’s new Bridget Jones book ‘Mad about the Boy’ is bound to be popular. If you weren’t keen on Philippa Gregory’s War of the Roses series, perhaps you’ll prefer Conn Iggulden’s version ‘Stormbird’. A new Danielle Steel or Wilbur Smith are reliable crowd pleasers. Will you be buying any of these for friends and family or putting them on your list for Father Christmas?

The Green Carnation Prize Longlist 2013…

With a list that includes the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 winner, three novels long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize and a diverse mix of fiction, memoir, poetry and non-fiction could this year’s Green Carnation Prize longlist be the strongest and most eclectic mix yet?

Chair of the judges for 2013, Uli Lenart of Gays the Word, said “Typically the chair of judges begins by saying how difficult the decision-making process has been. While it was far from easy – especially towards the end when we had to cut some very well written books – it was this list of exceptional books that revealed themselves. The panel of judges worked together extraordinarily well and I am sure I speak for all when I say that the 2013 Green Carnation longlist is impressively strong. Each of these twelve books enriches the reader in its own unique way. Huge congratulations, and…

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Local and Family History Network

The next meeting of the Ossett Local and Family History Network will be on Friday 11th October at Ossett Library. We meet at 10.00am until 11.30am. This month we will be looking at “Researching childhood”. It’s free and all are welcome.

The Royal Society Winton Prize shortlist announced

The Royal Society Winton Prize shortlist of science books has been announced. The winner will be announced at a public event on the 25th November 2013. The Shortlist includes:2012-09-19-Winton62

Bird Sense: What it’s like to be a bird by Tim Birkhead (Bloomsbury)

The judges said: “Bird Sense opens new worlds to the imagination through a wealth of passionately observed science. It succeeds in conveying a feeling of what it is like to be a bird.”

The Particle at the End of the Universe: The hunt for the Higgs and the discovery of a new world by Sean Carroll (OneWorld Publications)

The judges said: “This book invites you to imagine the unimaginable. It tells an extraordinary tale of scientific discovery and stands out by its ability to speak to people who are not scientists.”
Cells to Civilizations: The principles of change that shape life by Enrico Coen (Princeton University Press)

The judges said: “Cells to Civilizations presents an exciting challenge to our thinking on how evolution works. It is unbelievably alive and we could feel our brains growing as we read.”

Pieces of Light: The new science of memory by Charles Fernyhough (Profile Books)

The judges said: “Our memories of reading this book are exceptionally good ones! It challenges much of what we think we know about memory. It’s a bit like reading a novel, personal and compulsive!”
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st century bestiary by Caspar Henderson (Granta)

The judges said: “Henderson taps into forgotten wonder we first felt as children discovering the creatures of our world. It borrows its format from ancient bestiaries and its title from Borges’ extraordinary tales. The book itself is a beautiful object and brings barely imagined beings to life.”
Ocean of Life: How our seas are changing by Callum Roberts (Allen Lane (Penguin Books))

The judges said: “Roberts sets modern conservation in context. For instance he has taken fisheries science and channelled it into the mainstream debate. This book is thrilling: a delightful mix of anecdote, research and polemic.”

You can read the first chapter of each of the titles for free on the Royal Society’s website. and of course borrow them from us!

The chair of judges, Professor Uta Frith, writes about what it has been like to judge the Prize.

Branwell and other stories

From guest blogger Pam Yates:
branwell front cover99Recognise this book cover? You will soon – because Branwell & Other Stories will be published this month (October) with a launch event in the central library at Wakefield One.
The book contains six works by Wakefield author Michael Yates, three of which were turned into successful plays. Now’s your chance to read them as stories.
Branwell is the tale of the Bronte brother who failed as a poet and painter and slipped down the road of drink and despair, despite desperate attempts by his father and sisters to save him.
The Navigator’s Daughter is a family saga about the conflict between a strong-willed mother and her sensitive daughter.
Till My Eyes Bleed is a study of friendship, love and betrayal involving nerdy Mel, his wife Beatrice and his best friend Adrian. When Adrian dies in an accident – or maybe it was suicide – terrible secrets are about to be revealed.
Priceless! In real-life, Yorkshire architect John Poulson, convicted of corruption, wrote an autobiography – The Price – discarded and pulped by his publisher after legal threats. One day a copy of this fugitive book came into Michael’s hands and gave him new insight into Poulson’s personality.
In contrast, Suntdot, a story about the struggles of a naïve young schoolteacher, is based on the author’s own teaching experiences in a boys’ school.
And finally, this year is the 50th anniversary of the murder of US President Jack Kennedy; and Michael marks the occasion with Now It Can Be Told, an imaginative and challenging account of how different the world might have been if those bullets had missed their target.
• Book launch: Branwell & Other Stories. Saturday October 26, 11am to 1pm, the Learning Zone, Central Library, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DD. Readings by Helen Binns, Howard Frost, Kate Mehta and the author. Admission free. Plus chance to buy the book for a discounted price of £8.
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Event at Pontefract Library The Faceless

Event at Pontefract Library

The Faceless Company in Partnership with the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival presents a Free Family Arts Workshop at Pontefract Library on
Saturday 5th October from 10-12pm.
Join them to try silk painting in a workshop looking at what music means to you and your family.
The silk paintings will be made into a large wall hanging for the festival and you will receive a copy of the pictures you have made for your home.
01924 335985
For more details

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