Monthly Archives: February 2015

World Book Day

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Thursday 5 March is World Book Day and libraries are celebrating with storytimes based on the much loved book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. This is to celebrate the opening of an exciting new Room on the Broom Adventure Trail at Anglers Country Park on 5th March. It’s free and fun for all the family, so call in to Anglers to explore!

Children under five can also pick up a free voucher at library storytimes. This can be exchanged for a choice of special books produced for World Book Day books at participating shops. Visit the website to find out more about World Book day including games, competitions and story videos. Contact your local library to find out details of their World Book day storytimes.

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Bookstart Bear is always very excited by World Book Day as he is setting off on a Grand Tour of libraries. He will be enjoying the stories and joining in with the all the rhymes and actions and the happy booky fun!
You can meet him here:

Wednesday 25 Feb Featherstone Library 10 – 10.30
Thursday 26 Feb Castleford Forum 10 – 11
Friday 27 Feb Wakefield Library 10 – 11
Horbury Library 2.15 – 3
Tuesday 3 Mar South Elmsall Library 9.30 – 10.30
Wakefield Library 1.30 – 2.30
Wednesday 4 Mar Ossett Library 10.30 – 11
Tues 10 Mar Normanton Library 10.10.30
Wed 11 Mar Pontefract Library 9.30 – 11.30

For teenagers, tell them about Teen Fest 6-8pm on 4 and 5 March. Two amazing free online evenings with fantastic authors taking part in Hangouts and interviews, how-tos, blogposts, playlists, prizes as well as the chance to chat with other readers and writers.

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I haven’t come across the Thwaites Wainwright Prize before.It’s only in its second year and is to promote and reward books about the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel. Literary writing about nature has a fine history in the UK from The Rev Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne (1789) onwards and the longlist for this prize shows some interesting additions to the genre.
There is H is for Hawk of course, a feature on every literary prize list at the moment, Adam Thorpe writing about Silbury Hill and Oliver Rackham on Ash trees. Counting Sheep by Philip Walling sounds interesting: full of stories, history, trivia and humour, Counting Sheep explores Britain through its most influential animal.

The prizes is sponsored by Thwaites Brewery in assocaition with The National Trust and BBC Countryfile, in memory of Alfred Wainwright. The shortlist will be announced on 26th March and the winner on 22nd April. The full longlist is
Brittannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain by Joanne Parker
Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker
Counting Sheep by Philip Walling
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe
Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden
Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature by Richard Askwith
The Ash Tree by Oliver Rackham
The Moor by William Atkins
The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley
Walking Home by Clare Balding

Try a new author and help them to make 6.66p!

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For the eighth year running, US thriller writer James Patterson retains his crown as the UK’s most borrowed author, according to data released today by Public Lending Right.
Six children’s authors are among the top 10 most borrowed authors. They are Daisy Meadows, the brand behind the “Rainbow Magic” series (2nd); former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson (3rd), Francesca Simon, author of the “Horrid Henry” series (4th); Adam Blade (6th); Jacqueline Wilson (7th); and Roald Dahl (10th).
Julia Donaldson commented: “I’m thrilled that my books are being widely borrowed from libraries, which are some of my favourite places. I developed my own love of books in my local library and would quite possibly not otherwise have become a writer myself. When I was the Children’s Laureate and went on a six-week library tour I was impressed with how libraries continue to inspire today’s children, from the popular Rhyme-Time sessions for toddlers through to the homework clubs for schoolchildren. With the closure of so many bookshops the libraries have an added importance, and it’s important that they remain open and at the heart of our communities. It is wonderful to receive my PLR statement each year and I am pleased that PLR has now been extended to audio-books. This comes after many years of authors and their organisations seeking for the inclusion of audio-books in PLR. So, this extension comes as a very welcome development.”

Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors, 2013/14 (2012/13 position in brackets)
1. James Patterson (1) 6. Adam Blade (8)
2. Daisy Meadows (2) 7. Jacqueline Wilson (5)
3. Julia Donaldson (3) 8. Nora Roberts( 6)
4. Francesca Simon (4) 9. Lee Child (12)
5. M C Beaton (7) 10. Roald Dahl (14)
David Walliams is at 74 (up from 157th last year and 430th in 2011/12) in the PLR Top 500 most borrowed authors. Other big risers include Holly Webb (up to 41st from 68th last year) and Valerie Thomas (up to 67th from 115th).
M C Beaton author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth crime fiction books is the most borrowed British author of books for adults, at number five.
Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles, 2013/14
1. Inferno Dan Brown
2. Never Go Back Lee Child
3. A Wanted Man Lee Child
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
5. Private Down Under James Patterson & Michael White
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Jeff Kinney
7. Six Years Harlan Coben
8. Second Honeymoon James Patterson
9. Mistress James Patterson & David Ellis
10. The Dying Hours Mark Billingham
Jamie Oliver’s Save With Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less just missed out on a place in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles, coming in at number 11. This is a rare appearance in the Top 100 by a non-fiction title.

E L James who was in at No 3 last year with Fifty Shades of Grey does not appear in the Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles list this year.
Public Lending Right (PLR) was established by Act of Parliament in 1979. It gives authors the legal right to receive payment from government each time their books are loaned through the public library system.

In February 2015, PLR will make payments totalling £6 million to 22,053 authors. This year’s Rate Per Loan is 6.66 pence.

Juliet Barker

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For anyone who enjoys history, we have a treat in store on Wednesday 15 April 6 – 8pm.
Historian and biographer Juliet Barker will be joining us to talk about her book England, Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381. The Great Revolt is often called The Peasant’s Revolt. Juliet says ”This is a book of two halves. The first is a snapshot of what English life was really like in town and countryside in 1381 which helps to set the scene for the Great Revolt and explains how and why it happened. The second is a detailed account of the revolt itself, following its course across Essex and Kent then spreading throughout the south east and East Anglia and as far afield as Yorkshire and Somerset. And as anyone who’s read any of my books before will expect, it’s full of entertaining stories which bring the people and period to extraordinary life, from Margery Starre who danced around the bonfire of the Cambridge University archives shouting ‘Away with the learning of clerks! Away with it!’ to the sad tale of John Giboun, who’s evidence was used to convict and hang his own son.”

The evening begins with ‘Skeleton Secrets, 6-7pm. Drop in to chat to the knowledgable staff of Wakefield Museum about medieval bones and what they can tell us about diet and lifestyles of the period.

Juliet will be speaking from 7-8pm, with a chance to buy an autograped copy of her books afterwards.

This is going to be a fascinating evening so book early to ensure a place. The evening is free but please book for the Juliet Barker talk by phoning Wakefield Library on 01924 305376 or emailing wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

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