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Libraries Week


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

















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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Opening Hours Consultation

Council proposes changes to library opening times

Wakefield Council is asking residents for their views on proposed changes to opening hours at Council libraries.

The Council is proposing to reduce the opening hours at all 13 of its libraries in order to make a saving of £150k as identified in this year’s budget savings.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “The financial challenge facing the Council is huge. We simply have no choice but to reduce our spending so we have been looking at ways that we can make savings but still provide the important services that residents need.”

This year the Council needs to save £27m, this is on top of the £119m that has already been cut from the Council’s budget since 2011.

Cllr Shaw added: “This is why we are proposing to reduce the opening hours at our libraries, to save money but still ensure that library services are provided across the district. We are proposing to reduce the hours at typically less busy times of day to help minimise the impact this will have on library customers.

“By reducing the opening hours of the facilities we hope that we can continue to keep all the facilities open, help protect jobs and still offer our customers an excellent service.

“We are asking all residents to take part in the consultation so that any changes that are implemented will cause the least amount of disruption.”

The consultation starts on Wednesday 8 June until Wednesday 22 June. People can take part online at or by completing a questionnaire available at all Council libraries.

The proposals will reduce the numbers of hours that libraries are open from 531 to 474.5 hours. Most libraries would see slightly later opening times or slightly earlier closing times on some of their less busy days.

The changes are being proposed at Airedale, Castleford, Featherstone, Hemsworth, Horbury, Knottingley, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, Sandal, South Elmsall, Stanley and the Wakefield One library.

Full details of the proposed changes to all the opening hours are detailed in the questionnaires at

Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

If you are interested in Ossett’s local history please take a look at the new official blog of Ossett Community Archive, based at Ossett library…

Welcome Ossettonians! This is the official blog of the Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive. We will be using this blog to engage with our followers and the people of Ossett to share information …

Source: Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

Make Do and Mend

Make Do & Mend New

Featherstone Library is celebrating its 30th Birthday this September and is celebrating with a time trip all the way back to the 1940s! Join the staff on
Friday 4 September, 2pm for

Make Do and Mend! with Meredith Towne, Dressmaker and Costume Historian.
Explore Mrs Sew and Sews magical world of Make Do and Mend in this inspiring talk about the women who used the most innovative, even devious, methods to maintain a fashionable wardrobe in wartime Britain

The event and refreshments are free, but please contact Featherstone Library to book a place.

Featherstone Library
Victoria Street, Featherstone, WF7 5BB
Tel 01977 722745,

Mrs sew

The Gambit


Wakefield Library and Museum invites you to The Gambit, a play by Mark Reid. There will be two performances on Wednesday 27th July at 5pm and again at 6pm. Both performances are free and there is no need to book. The Gambit is about twenty-five years of betrayal played out on the chessboard – lies, deceit and anger erupting in an epic clash between the defining Grandmasters of the 20th Century. The play is touring venues in the north before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Don’t miss it!

Young Volunteers wanted


Aged 14-24? Keen to make a difference and develop your skills?

Libraries are looking for young volunteers to help out over the busy summer holiday period.

You could help staff with the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about the books they’ve been reading, help with summer activities and create in-library displays. Perhaps you’ve got some good ideas about how you could help children to have fun in the library this summer?

If you’d like to be one of the 8000+ young people who volunteer in libraries every summer, ask you local library for details now or email

Lit Fest in a Day 2015

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A one-­day celebration of reading, writing and words is coming to Featherstone this September and we want to hear from you! Your invitation
to attend an introductory public mee+ng:
Wednesday 20th May, 5pm to 6pm,
Featherstone Library,
(refreshments provided)
What’s it for? The ‘ Lit Fest in a Day’ project will be launched at this
meeting with local writer Ian Clayton, who will help introduce the project
and open a discussion about ideas for the forthcoming event, being held
this September at Featherstone Library. Who should attend? The meeting
is open to anyone who would like more information about the festival,
who has an idea to contribute, or who wants to get involved as a
volunteer. It’s an opportunity for people to see how they can get involved,
and have a say in what will be included. Make it yours! Bring your ideas
and enthusiasm to help shape this one day festival as part of Wakefield Lit
Fest. Please RSVP to or just turn up on the day!

War on Weight

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Food rationing started in 1940 – how would you cope with feeding a family with such a limited supply of meat, fat and sugar? We would all be a lot healthier..people in this country ended the war healthier than they had ever been or have been since. Now you can find tips to try a healthy wartime diet today with our new War on Weight collection. There are books on wartime cookery and growing your own food as well as recreating that wartime spirit with books about using up leftovers, saving money and making over clothing. You can make a start with this recipie for the famous Woolton Pie
The books are all in stock in all our libraries so ask staff about the collection and invite Dr. Carrot and Potato Pete home with you!

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