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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

















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

01977 724040

Castleford Forum Carlton St, Castleford, WF10 1BB
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10-11am

01977 722085

Featherstone Victoria St, Off Station Rd, Featherstone, WF7 5BB
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10-10.30am

01977 722745

Hemsworth Market St, Hemsworth, WF9 4JY
Storytime Mon 24 April 9.30-10.30am
Baby Rhymetime Fri 28 April 10-10.30am

01977 722270

Horbury Westfield Rd, Horbury, WF4 6HP
Storytime Fri 28 April 2.15-3pm

01924 303060

Normanton Market St, Normanton, WF6 2AR
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10.15-10.45am
Storytime Fri 28 April 10.15-10.45am

01924 302525

Ossett Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett, WF5 8EB
(Temporary site) Storytime Fri 28 April 10.30-11am

01924 303040

Pontefract Shoemarket, Pontefract, WF8 1BD
Storytime Mon 24 April 10-11am
Storytime Wed 26 April 10-11am

01977 727692

Sandal Sparable Lane, Sandal, WF1 5JL
Storytime Wed 26 April 10.30-11am

1924 303355

South Elmsall Barnsley Rd, South Elmsall, WF9 2AA
 Storytime Tues 25 April 9.30-10.30am

01977 723220

Stanley Lake Lock Road, Stanley, WF3 4HU
Storytime Mon 24 April 11.30-12pm

01924 303130

Wakefield Wakefield One, Burton St, Wakefield, WF1 2DA
Storytime Tues 25 April 1.30-2pm
Storytime Fri 28 April 10-10.30am

01924 305376


The History of Afternoon Tea – Author Event

afternoon-teaThe Nom Nom Nom Cookery Book Reader Group invites you to join them on Saturday 1 April  2.00-3.30pm  at Wakefield Library. Cookery author and blogger Meryl White will explore the origins and the characters involved in creating this quintessential British tradition and what makes the perfect afternoon tea. This is a free event but booking is essential please.

To book:

Tel 01924 305356


The Nom Nom Nom! Cookery book reader group was established in March 2014 meeting monthly, whose members are interested in food and cookery and want to share experiences and recipes with like-minded individuals. Members of all cooking abilities are welcome, you don’t have to be of bake-off or masterchef standard to enjoy your food and cooking it!

The Nom, Nom, Nom book group meets on the first Saturday of each month 2-3pm at  Wakefield Library and Museum at Wakefield One, Burton Street. The book club gives members the opportunity to try new cookery writers, ingredients and experiment with different cuisines and share their results (and disasters!) within a friendly group.

Visit Meryl’s blog at

Poetry event


Come to the Fun Palace!


Wakefield Libraries are bringing together the South Elmsall community for our first ever Fun Palace to be held at South Elmsall Library, Saturday 1st October, 10.00am-12.00am. Fun Palaces is a nationwide initiative and was born out of Joan Littlewood’s motto “Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist”.

We’re planning free activities for this event and would love to hear from anyone in the community who like to get involved in sharing their skills with others; this could be arts, crafts, IT, sewing, or any hobbies or skills you’d like to share. Anything from Astronomy to Zookeeping is welcome!  There are many talented individuals or groups within our community and we’d like to bring you all together for the rest of the community to enjoy. Contact the staff at South Elmsall Library Email Tel 01977 723220 if you would like to take part.  

Everyone is invited to come along and try something you’ve never tried before!





Wakefield Lit Fest

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Wakefield Lit Fest is back! The festival takes place from 23rd September to 2nd October and you can pick up a brochure from your library or look online and book at

We are opening the festival on Friday 23rd with a visit from popular Yorkshire author Jack Sheffield, talking about the latest title in his Teacher series set in a fictional village school, ‘Star Teacher’

Wakefield author Michael Yates will be launching his latest book ‘The Gangers’ on Saturday 24th.

We have a bookbinding class with artist Timid Elk at Sandal Library on 26th and a creative writing group led by Ian Clayton at Featherstone on 28th.

Also on 28th, Schwa are taking over the Wakefield children’s library for ‘Threshold: an evening of songs and stories of hospitality.’

The author of the prize-winning Young adult novel ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece’, Annabel Pitcher, will be at Wakefield Library on 29th to talk about her latest book ‘Silence is Goldfish’.

There are lots of festival highlights and events taking place all over the district, so visit the website, pick up a brochure and get involved in this creative celebration of stories and words.



A Message from Lit Fest


It’s that time of year again and Wakefield Lit Fest is back! This year, Wakefield Lit Fest 2016 takes place 23 September – 2 October at places and spaces across the district and city centre. 2016 is a special year for Wakefield Lit Fest as we celebrate our 5th birthday – programmed by arts charity Beam and supported by Arts Council England, Wakefield Lit Fest has become a real highlight in the city’s cultural calendar and the seed fund needs you to make this year’s festival one to remember. The seed fund enables groups and individuals like you to get involved with the festival by producing your own events. The festival will support your event through marketing activity including listings in our festival brochure and website as well as festival promotion through our social media channels.  Be as creative as you like – your event could be a spoken word performance, poetry reading, book launch or anything that celebrates reading, writing and words – you don’t need to have previous experience just enthusiasm to devise and deliver a great event. Need help? We can advise you with planning your event just let us know how we can support you. We have limited funding for applications of up to £200, download the Seed Fund Application Form and Call Out information here. Hurry, the deadline for applications is Monday 13 June at 9.30am.



This year’s Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, will encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by looking for support and information.  Dementia can be scary and many people don’t know where to turn, but the Alzheimer’s Society is there for anyone affected and there are lots of ways they can help. You can find some help in your library too. Pick up our Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia leaflet which has a list of books which will give you information and help find out about people’s experiences. (See the blog page for a full list.)

There are lots of activities taking place at Sandal Library for Dementia Awareness Week:

Monday 16th May

Active minds session – carpet bowls 11-12 pm,  open for all

Friends of Sandal library Fund raising day 10-4 : all funds raised towards developing the Dementia Friendly Garden. (Ask at the library for details and news of the garden and how to join the Friends Group)

Tuesday 17th May

Active mind session – music bingo 2.00-3.00pm,  open for all

Friends of Sandal library Fund raising day 10-4 : all funds raised towards developing the Dementia Friendly Garden

Friday 19th May

Dementia Awareness training 10.30-11.30, open to all. Booking essential

Friends of Sandal Library coffee morning from 10 am: all funds raised towards developing

The Dementia Friendly Garden


If you, or someone you know, is worried about dementia, Call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email



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Children are eating 3 times as much sugar as they should which is causing tooth decay and excess weight. By the age of 3 children in our district average 2.59 decayed, missing or filled teeth. By the age of 5, 1 in 5 children are above a healthy weight

Smile4Life is a storytime event for families with pre-school children to establish good drinking habits and tooth care early.

To meet the Health Improvement and Oral Health Promotion Teams for expert advice, an opportunity to ask questions and some helpful leaflets and free items, visit Smile4Life storytimes at

Wakefield Library, Tuesday 17 May 1.30-2.15

Pontefract Library, Wednesday 18 May 9.30-10.30 or 10.45 – 11.45

Airedale Library, Monday 23rd May 10 – 11am

South Elmsall Library, Tuesday 24  May 9.30 – 11am

Featherstone Library, Thursday 26 May 9.30 – 10.30am

Hemsworth Library, Friday 27 May 10 – 10.30am

The most important messages to take care of children’s teeth and give them a great smile for life are

Drink milk or water rather than juices and fizzy drinks

Brush teeth twice every day, in the morning and before bed.

Visit the dentist regularly.







World Book Day 2016

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Thursday 3 March is World Book Day and all week libraries are holding special storytimes and giving out World Book Day tokens which can be exchanged for the special World Book Day books at any participating retailer. Everybody’s favourite blue bear, Bookstart  Bear will be making some special guest appearances too. He will be at Featherstone Library on World Book Day but you can meet him at other libraries too – see the What’s On page for details. There are lots of ideas and competitions on the World Book Day website  and on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 4 young people can take part in Teenfest- follow it on Twitter with #WBDTEENFEST

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