Monthly Archives: October 2013
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 has 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!
Tell 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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
For more details