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Libraries Week

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Drop in to your library during Libraries Week 9 – 14 October and find out what’s on offer. Enjoy fascinating author events and fun storytimes,  research your family history or find out health information, enjoy a talk or take part in an activity, have a look at our great online offer: discover something new in your library!

 

Monday 9 October

10am Wakefield Library. Are you strong lass? : A teacher’s life in the 1970s. Author event with Kath Padgett Booking required, phone 01924305376

2 – 3pm Normanton Library  Adult Christmas Craft Drop In. Booking not required.

2.30 – 3.15 Ossett Library. Researching Your Coal Mining Ancestors  Booking not required.

2pm South Elmsall Library Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Find out about their work.  Booking not required.

Tuesday 10 October

2.30 – 3.15 Horbury Library. Researching Your Coal Mining Ancestors Booking not required.

2 – 3pm. Normanton Library. World Mental Health Day ‘Tea & Talk’ and quiz 2-3pm. Booking not required

2pm. South Elmsall Library.  World Mental Health Day ‘Tea & Talk’

2.30pm Ossett Library. Dementia awareness: learn more about living with Dementia. Booking not required.

Thursday 12 October

2.30pm Horbury Library. Dementia awareness: learn more about living with Dementia. Booking not required.

10.15am. Normanton Library Little Tiger story time and activity for the under fives. Booking not required.

Friday 13 October

10.15am. Normanton Library Little Tiger story time and activity for the under fives. Booking not required.

10.30-11am Ossett Library. Bookstart Story and Rhyme time. Meet the Bookstart Bear! Booking not required.

Saturday 14 October

9.30 – 1. Normanton Library. Family Board Games drop in. Booking not required

10.30 – 3 South Elmsall Library.  Wildlife Photography workshop: Morning session South Elmsall Library, afternoon in Frickley Country Park. £5 per person. Booking essential, please phone 01977 514741. Bring your own camera, suitable clothing and a packed lunch.

2pm. Wakefield Library.  Red Ribbon: Dress historian Lucy Adlington invites you into the wonderful world of fashion, fabrics, hats and home-sewing in the 1940s, to celebrate the publication of her new novel The Red Ribbon – an amazing story inspired by the dressmakers of Auschwitz Booking required, phone 01924305376

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Zoella Book Club

The popular teen Youtube sensation Zoe Sugg has launched her 2017 Book Club in association with W H Smith. It’s a well chosen collection with a range of styles and some excellent writing. It’s perfect if you are looking for a book to tempt a young reader and they are vanishing fast from our library shelves. If you want to dip a toe in to see the quality of books being written for young people, try Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt 

“Schmidt provokes tears, despite his underplayed prose, with a tone and directness reminiscent of John Steinbeck.” (Nicolette Jones Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week)

Reading Well

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A new Reading Well booklist is available in Wakefield Libraries. The Reading Well for long term conditions booklist covers general advice and information about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Leaflets and books are available in all Wakefield Council libraries and if you can’t find the book you want on the shelf, it can be ordered in the library or online.

Reading Well for long term conditions joins our existing booklists on Adult mental health, Dementia and Shelf Help (mental health for teenagers)  in providing books chosen and recommended by health professionals  help you manage your health.

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It’s August and time to relax in the sun with the latest big name best seller. Or perhaps time to distract yourself from the rain showers with a good story! Either way, August’s crop of new novels are on the way to our libraries and you can reserve them in any branch or online.

Aug 9 James Patterson. The Store

Imagine a future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door, anticipating the needs and desires you didn’t even know you had. Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan are going undercover to dig up The Store‘s secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life – or put an end to Jacob’s

Aug 8 Val McDermid. Insidious Intent

When charred human remains are discovered in the driver’s seat of a burning car, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill are brought in to investigate. They soon discover that what appeared to be a terrible accident is, in fact, murder. Delving deeper into the case, they begin the dangerous hunt for a most sinister killer with the power to inflict untold fear and pain on their victims.

Aug 7 Susan Lewis. Hiding in Plain Sight

Andee Lawrence is in heaven. Well, the South of France to be exact. Ex-detective Andee has swapped freelance investigation and a broken marriage for two months in Provence, renovating a beautiful villa with the new man in her life. But her world is about to be shattered. Remember me? Two words spoken by a woman from the back of a car that say so much yet reveal so little. As the car drives away Andee is left reeling, overwhelmed by shock, confusion, self-doubt and mounting trepidation. Almost 30 years ago, 14-year-old Penny had disappeared from her family’s life, never to be heard from again. It is the missing child case that has haunted Andee her whole life; And now Penny – Andee’s sister – is back. The question is: why?

Aug 6 Lynda La Plante. Good Friday

During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused – some were not. Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness, but is adamant that she can’t identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.

Aug 5 Sophie Hannah. Did you see Melody?

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl. A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder. Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

Aug 2 Tess Gerritsen. I know a secret

In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman’s body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death. Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two victims is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets? One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him. But she has a secret that she has to keep

Aug 4 Phillippa Gregory. The Last Tudor

The queen of historical fiction returns to the Tudor court to tell the story of Lady Jane Grey. But this isn’t Jane’s story alone- she had two younger sisters Katherine and Mary who each take up the story in turn. Dominating their lives- and the novel- is the capricious, mercurial Elizabeth I.

 

 

The Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist

BookStackThis year’s ‘Man Booker Dozen’, the 13 novels on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced.

It’s an exciting list. Previous winner Arundhati Roy is there with her long awaited second novel. There are well known names -Ali Smith, Zadie Smithand Sebastian Barry. Three are debut novels:  Elmet by Fiona Mozley, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  

The judges said ”‘Only when we’d finally selected our 13 novels did we fully realise the huge energy, imagination and variety in them as a group.  The longlist showcases a diverse spectrum — not only of voices and literary styles but of protagonists too, in their culture, age and gender.  Nevertheless we found there was a spirit common to all these novels: though their subject matter might be turbulent, their power and range were life-affirming – a tonic for our times.”

We have seven of the thirteen in stock in our libraries and of course we will buy any title we don’t have if you place a request for it. We have also just added Sebastian Barry’s book Days without end to our Reader Group sets. The shortlist will be announced on  13 September.

The full list:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

Books for June

Here are some June publications all ready to pile up by the deckchair in the garden.

Jun Barton Fiona Barton The Child

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for 3 strangers, it’s impossible to ignore. For one, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it’s the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be uncovered, And for a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. Kate Waters, from Barton’s thriller debut The Widow, returns for another investigation.

June Craig  Amanda Craig The Lie of the Land

What happens when the metropolitan dream goes sour? Quentin and Lottie Bredin are about to find out when, unable to afford to divorce and having lost their jobs in the recession, they must downsize and move to a house in a remote part of Devon.   Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing – but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side.

June Billingham  Mark Billingham Love like Blood

As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner is brutally murdered. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world. Thorne and Tanner were introduced in To Die of Shame.

June Barnett  Laura Barnett Greatest Hits

Cass Wheeler – a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music world three decades later has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans – is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose 16 from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song. It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day – both ordinary and extraordinary – each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work. Barnett’s debut book The Versions of Us was a huge hit.

June Green  Jane Green The Sunshine Sisters

It was never easy, being one of Ronni Sunshine’s daughters. Publicly, she is the glamorous, successful, dramatic Hollywood actress. Privately, she is self-absorbed, angry, and a disinterested, narcissistic mother. Now in her 70’s, Ronni has had strange symptoms for a while, but has refused to believe her diagnosis: she has ALS, a degenerative motor neuron disease. There is no cure. Ronni’s three adult daughters – Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy – are largely estranged, both from her, and from each other. All are going through crises of their own. But Ronni is adamant that they must come home, and help her take her own life.

June Roy  Arundhati Roy The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety- in search of meaning, and of love. Twenty years after her Booker-prize winning The God of Small Things, here is Arundhati Roy’s second novel.

June Raisin  Rebecca Raisin The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower

Anouk LaRue used to be a romantic, but since she had her heart well and truly broken her love life has dissolved into nothing more than daydreams of the perfect man. Retreating to her extraordinary Little Antique Shop has always been a way to escape, because who could feel alone in a shop bursting with memories and beautiful objects. Another visit to Paris from the author of The Little Bookshop on the Seine.

June Courcy  Anne De Courcy Husband Hunters

Towards the end of the 19th century and for the first few years of the 20th, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The incomers were a group of young women who, 50 years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world – the New World, to be precise. From 1874, the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known ‘Dollar Princess’, married Randolph Churchill, to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Sparkling social history from the author of The Fishing Fleet.

June Gobi  Dion Leonard Finding Gobi

In 2016, Dion Leonard unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 150 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The loveable pup proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, managing to keep pace with him for over 100km. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget that changed their lives forever.  A heart-warming tale that will have you reaching for the tissues!

 

 

 

Books to watch out for in May

Here are a few of the many books being unpacked in our libraries this month. If you don’t see what you want on the shelves, you can request books at the your library or online through our catalogue.

These two fascinating non-fiction books will be going on my reading list.

AMay Austen Lucy Worsley Jane Austen at Home

This telling of the story of Jane’s life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison.

AMay Gray Annie Gray The Greedy Queen

This is both a biography of Britain’s most iconic monarch, and a look at the changing nature of cooking and eating in the Victorian era. From her early years living on milk and bread under the Kensington system, to her constant indigestion and belligerent over-eating as an elderly woman, her diet will be examined, likes and dislikes charted, and the opinions of those around her considered.

Literary event of the month is surely the publication of a new novel by the author of Nora Webster and Brooklyn. Here he turns to Greek tragedy.

AMay Toibin Colm Toibin House of Names

On the day of his daughter’s wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family – mother, brother, sister – on a path of intimate violence.

We featured Laline Paull’s debut novel The Bees as a Readers Group book. Now it’s time for that difficult second novel.

AMay Paul Laline Paull

It’s the day after tomorrow and the Arctic sea ice has melted. While global business carves up the new frontier, cruise ships race each other to ever-rarer wildlife sightings. The passengers of the Vanir have come seeking a polar bear. What they find is even more astonishing: a dead body. An electrifying story of friendship, power and betrayal

The second novel in the Six Tudor Queens series. Can Alison Weir offer a new take on Anne Boleyn?

AMay Weir Alison Weir Anne Boleyn. A Royal Obsession

An unforgettable portrait of the ambitious woman whose fate we know all too well, but whose true motivations may surprise you. Fresh from the cultivated hothouse of Renaissance France, Anne draws attention at the English court. A nobleman, a poet and a king vie for her love. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks.

Stories linked to My Name is Lucy Barton but this can be read as a standalone book if you haven’t read it.

AMay Strout Elizabeth Strout Anything is possible

Years ago, Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer, spent time in hospital, with her mother at the foot of her bed to keep her company. Avoiding the distance between them, they spoke at length about people from their home town, the rural, dusty town of Amgash, Illinois. Writing these stories, Lucy imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers. And the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn’t it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way – even fleetingly – that we have been important to someone?

While you wait for Paula Hawkins new book Into the Water, here are two alternative psychological thrillers to try.

AMay Kent Christobel Kent The Day She Disappeared

Have you ever had that sense that you’re being watched? And you turn, suddenly, but it’s just a curtain, blowing in the wind? Or the dress hanging in the doorway? Nat knows something’s wrong. Her best friend, Beth, would never have upped and left without saying goodbye to her. But no one believes that Beth was taken – she is a fly-by-night, a party girl who can’t be trusted. No one’s listening to Nat. But someone is definitely watching her.

AMay Kendall Claire Kendall The Second Sister

Ten years ago, Ella’s sister Miranda vanished without trace. Now thirty, the same age as Miranda when she disappeared, Ella has grown to look dangerously like the missing woman. Ella becomes convinced that the man who took Miranda is watching her family. To Ella, this is an opportunity as much as a prospect of fear. It makes her more determined than ever to find out what happened to the beautiful and mysterious Miranda. Because who better than a sister to see what the police overlooked and to understand the missing woman?

The Hogarth Shakespeare series continues with Tracy Chevalier’s take on Othello.

AMay Chevalier Tracy Chevalier New Boy

Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day – so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

And out in paperback this month:

AMay Ivey Eowyn Ivey To the Bright Edge of the World

Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska’s hitherto impassable Wolverine River, with only a small group of men. Forrester leaves behind his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have. Adventurous in spirit, Sophie does not relish the prospect of a year in a military barracks while her husband carves a path through the wilderness. What she does not anticipate is that their year apart will demand every ounce of courage and fortitude of her that it does of her husband.

AMay Essex Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent

London 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Retreating to the countryside with her son, she encounters rumours of the ‘Essex Serpent‘, a creature of folklore said to have returned to roam the marshes. Setting out on its trail, she collides with local minister William Ransome, who thinks the cure for hysteria lies in faith, while Cora is convinced that science offers the answers. Despite disagreeing on everything, he and Cora find themselves drawn together, changing each other’s lives in unexpected ways.

 

What they wrote next

May Jo

I was pleased to see that A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker has been shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Jo visited Wakefield in 2014 to talk about her novel Longbourn and we loved meeting her.

May Susan

Susan Elliot Wright was introduced to us by Read Regional in 2014. She talked about her novel Things We Never Said. She has since published Secrets We Left Behind and her latest book What She Lost came out a few weeks ago.

May Sarah

Sarah Stovell spoke at the same event as Susan. Her novel was a historical novel, the fascinating Night Flower.  Her next book is a psychological thriller set in the Lake District. Exquisite will be published on 15th June .

May Syephen

Stronger Than Skin by Stephen May was published in March and there are some very positive reviews on Amazon from readers. Stephen was a guest at Wakefield Lit Fest in 2014 talking about Wake Up Happy Every Day.

May Caroline

Caroline Roberts started a new series after she spoke to us about The Torn Up Marriage last year. The Cosy Teashop in the Castle and the Cosy Christmas Teashop were popular reads and her next novel My Summer of Magic Moments is due on 1st June

May Laura

Another Lit Fest guest was Laura Barnett talking about her bestselling book The Versions of Us. I’m looking forward to her next novel Greatest Hits which will be published on 15 June. Will it have the same success as her debut novel?

 

 

 

 

 

Imagination Library

If you live in Airedale or Ferry Fryston and have a baby born after 1 September 2016, you could join this fantastic scheme. Come along to the Community Fair on 3 May to find out more and sign up.

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Bath Book Bed

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For anyone having trouble getting a baby or toddler to go to sleep at night, the simple  regular routine of Bath-Book-Bed can be a great help.

To help families find out about Bath Book Bed and get ideas for great stories to share, libraries are holding special bed-time story times 24 – 28 April. So slip on the dressing gown and slippers, pick up the teddy and come along to snuggle up for stories!

Full list of story times taking place:

Airedale  The Square, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3JJ
Storytime Mon 24 April 10-11am
   airedalelibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01977 724040

Castleford Forum Carlton St, Castleford, WF10 1BB
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10-11am
   castlefordlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01977 722085

Featherstone Victoria St, Off Station Rd, Featherstone, WF7 5BB
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10-10.30am
   featherstonelibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01977 722745

Hemsworth Market St, Hemsworth, WF9 4JY
Storytime Mon 24 April 9.30-10.30am
Baby Rhymetime Fri 28 April 10-10.30am
   hemsworthlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01977 722270

Horbury Westfield Rd, Horbury, WF4 6HP
Storytime Fri 28 April 2.15-3pm
   horburylibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01924 303060

Normanton Market St, Normanton, WF6 2AR
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10.15-10.45am
Storytime Fri 28 April 10.15-10.45am
  normantonlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01924 302525

Ossett Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett, WF5 8EB
(Temporary site) Storytime Fri 28 April 10.30-11am
   ossettlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01924 303040

Pontefract Shoemarket, Pontefract, WF8 1BD
Storytime Mon 24 April 10-11am
Storytime Wed 26 April 10-11am
   pontefractlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01977 727692

Sandal Sparable Lane, Sandal, WF1 5JL
Storytime Wed 26 April 10.30-11am
   sandallibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

1924 303355

South Elmsall Barnsley Rd, South Elmsall, WF9 2AA
 Storytime Tues 25 April 9.30-10.30am
   southelmsalllibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01977 723220

Stanley Lake Lock Road, Stanley, WF3 4HU
Storytime Mon 24 April 11.30-12pm
   stanleylibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

01924 303130

Wakefield Wakefield One, Burton St, Wakefield, WF1 2DA
Storytime Tues 25 April 1.30-2pm
Storytime Fri 28 April 10-10.30am
  wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

01924 305376

 

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