Monthly Archives: January 2016

National Libraries Day


Saturday 6 February is National Libraries Day. We have some special events arranged and many regular events have a special twist. Have a look at the blog What’s On page for a full list. There’s so much going on in libraries today and we are still free to use! Books and reading groups and storytimes of course but you can find out how to improve your health, learn how to cook,start your family history using our free resources, play scrabble or do a jigsaw, download a free magazine or talking book, enjoy crafts and chat to other fact, there is not much you can’t do in a library!

One special event is on Monday 8 February, 10.00am at Hemsworth Library. Joan Hart, local author, will be talking about her book “At the coal face: the heart-warming true story of a Yorkshire Pit Nurse” It’s a free event but please call the library on 01977 722270 or email  to reserve a place

So tell your family and friends about the library or better still, bring them along to explore and join. It’s your library- join it, use it, love it!

A book for everything that ails us … why bibliotherapy could be just the medicine we’re looking for

The Knowledge Exchange Blog

platform reading Image: Moriza (CC BY 2.0)

By Morwen Johnson

Many of us will have received books as Christmas presents last month – and the bestseller lists testify to their continuing popularity despite regular doom-mongering. The benefits of books go much further though than keeping your brain active and passing the time. Reading involves ‘emotional thinking’ and in the words of The Reader, books “are full of the stuff that makes us human”. That means that they can actually be a powerful resource for improving mental health.

“I felt better than before … I felt understood”

Last year we wrote on our blog about social prescribing – and how the NHS is recognising that non-medical treatments such as arts activities or exercise can improve patient’s mental and physical health. This is partly linked to the emphasis on enabling self-management support to be given to people with long-term or chronic health…

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Cookery author event – Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking

The Nom Nom Nom cookery book reader group, which meets regularly

Grandma Abson's Butterscotch Cake (4)

Doncaster Butterscotch Cake

at Wakefield One Library and Museum the first Saturday each month at 2pm, invites you to join us for an afternoon of tea, cakes and Edwardian recipes from Grandma Abson’s vintage recipe book. On Saturday 5th March 2.00-3.00pm author Meryl White will be talking about her book and sharing some tasty home-baked treats. Read more about Grandma Abson’s legacy on Meryl’s blog


“Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking is all about simple and tasty baking, a legacy from my Grandma’s time as a

Flakemeal biscuits (5)

Irish Flakemeal Biscuits

cook-housekeeper in Edwardian times and a lifetime of baking. As I was growing up, I watched her bake and cook, and acquired her expertise and passion for baking. Now I’m sharing Grandma Abson’s baking with you. Enjoy!” – Meryl White, Author


Free event but booking is essential please


Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton Street

Wakefield WF1 2DD

Tel 01924 305356


Richard and Judy’s Spring titles

I was very pleased to see that Laura Barnett, our guest speaker at last year’s Lit Fest Readers’ Group Day, has had her book ‘The Versions of Us’ chosen by Richard and Judy for their Spring collection. It was a real pleasure to meet and talk to her and it will be good to see her book promoted to a wider audience. We have plenty of copies in stock and a readers group set too! We have also just had delivered a Readers Group set of’ Our endless numbered days’ by Claire Fuller. The book won the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction and I’m looking forward to discussing it with one of my groups. Other familiar authors are Rosamund Lupton (author of ‘Afterwards’) with her new book’ The Quality of silence’ and Sarah Winman whose previous book ‘When God was a rabbit’ has been a popular readers group choice. Will ‘A year of Marvellous Ways ‘ be a Readers Group winner too? There are eight titles to choose from (find out more here)  and you can order them all from your library.

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