Monthly Archives: June 2014

Adult Learners Festival 2014

PrintGive learning a go during the Festival of Learning throughout May and June, in the run up to Adult Learners’ Week, with Wakefield Libraries

Wakefield Council will be welcoming people back into learning during the Festival of Learning throughout May and June, culminating in Adult Learners’ Week with activities taking place from June 14th-June 20th 2014.

This annual festival provides opportunities for people to ‘learn for life’ with a wide range of learning opportunities available to celebrate, inspire and engage adult learners.

To find out more about adult learners week event, download our events flyer here.


Bookstart Week


It’s Bookstart Week and and our library storytimes are celebrating. The theme this year is Heroes and there is a free copy of Super Duck by Jez Alborough for all the children who visit a storytime this week. There will be super-hero crafts too and there is lots more to explore online at the Bookstart website
Bookstart is challenging parents to be Reading Heroes by sharing a book with their children every night during Bookstart Week. Early reading makes a real difference to children: helping them to develop language skills and logic, preparing them for school, helping them bond with parents. The benefits are real and lasting – and it’s fun too. There’s an article here on how it works for more detailed information. Can you be a Reading Hero this week and help more children to enjoy sharing a story?

Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight


Make A Noise In Libraries fortnight is an annual campaign to highlight the services available in libraries for blind and partially sighted people, to try to improve their access to books and information.

•We have a large range of books in large print and audio. All our libraries stock books in these formats and our free request service brings your choice to your library.
•We have a wide range of free Online services to access from home, including free talking books, language courses and magazines to download.
•Readers Groups meet throughout the District to chat about reading and audio books. Book titles are provided. Contact us if you would like to find out about the support we offer VIP groups.
•If you find it difficult to visit your local library, we can bring the library service to your home through our Home Library service. Our Mobile Library has regular stops throughout the District too.
•Our Liberate Plus card is for library users who are registered blind or with a severe disablement. It allows you to borrow all CDs and most DVDs for free!
•All our computers have Microsoft accessibility options such as screen magnifier as standard and Dolphin SuperNova software with large letter keyboard and trackball mouse is available at Wakefield Library.
• There is a high visibility screen option on all our self-service kiosks

On Thursday 12 June we are celebrating MANIL with a special event for anyone with a visual impairement who would like to find out how to begin researching their family history. How to Begin your Family History will take place at Wakefield Library and Museum on Thursday 12 June, 12.30 – 1pm

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