Young Volunteers wanted

As a former library volunteer, I can vouch how good the experience can be. I loved it and can definitely recommend it!

Wakefield Libraries

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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 lib.admin@wakefield.gov.uk

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Read Regional 2015

Discover new writers from the North of England with this year’s Read Regional list.

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It’s Read Regional time once again. Every year this scheme introduces library users to new titles by authors based in the north of England. This year there are 10 exciting titles to explore.
There are five novels:
Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland
The Last King of Lydia by Tim Leach
The Quick by Lauren Owen
Herring Girl by Debbie Taylor
Into the Trees by Robert Williams

Three books of poetry:
Ellen Phethean: Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman
Helen Tookey: Missel-Child
John Wedgwood Clarke: Ghost Pot

a novel for young people, Hate by Alan Gibbons and finally a graphic novel, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette by Mary and Bryan Talbot. If you have never tried reading a novel in graphic form why not give this a try. Their graphic novel Dotter of her Father’s Eyes won the Costa Biography Award in 2013.

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Libraries like Café’s? Uh, what?

Yes, I am getting on my soap box about libraries again but I feel the need to talk about it.

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I have been meaning to write about this since seeing a report in the Daily Mail (a UK daily newspaper) that talked about an independent report calling for libraries to become more like Costa Coffee shops. You can read the original report here. What has spurred me to finally write about it today (not least of all because I haven’t posted this week) is a quote MyLittleBookBlog posted yesterday:

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries”Anne Herbert

I have no doubt the authors of the report mean well and agree with Mr Sieghart when he says how important libraries are to those who are the poorest in our society. I also agree that Wi-Fi has to become a necessity for libraries to continue to survive and thrive (digital book lending on e readers anyone?), the need for comfy sofas and toilets as well as offering other services to make the library a community hub but the part that made go “uh, what?” is the suggestion that hot drinks should be offered in libraries. I think he has missed something very important in that regard. If libraries offer hot drinks along with everything else, doesn’t the library then become a café with books to browse and read?

There is a reason why there is a rule in most libraries that I have visited that no food or drink is allowed near the computers in the library at least: it’s called health and safety and making sure that other people don’t gag over horrible food smells! By all means offer food and drink but NOT in the library itself!

I am proud to say that most libraries in the Wakefield area offer comfortable areas to sit and read, toilets and programmes for the community as well as a place for the older members in the area to meet and talk to other people. Frequently, the library staff are the only people they talk to all week. In my mind, the libraries offer a great value for money service. A library building that offers everything that the report says need to be all libraries is the Wakefield One building in Wakefield however hot drinks and food are only available in Create Cafe downstairs and food and drink is not allowed near the computers.

So it is possible to cram all of what this report is saying libraries need to do but libraries like coffee shops? Uh, no. I doubt libraries are actually heading for disaster if they don’t incorporate all of this but let’s maybe have more like the libraries in the Wakefield area and Wakefield One but keep libraries and coffee shops as separate entities. Possibly the best compromise available.

P.S.: Find out more Wakefield Libraries and the latest news by visiting the Wakefield Libraries blog and check out Wakefield (and it’s library) during the Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival taking place Friday 20 to Sunday 22 February 2015.

Our new library.

Libraries are making their way into the future! Wakefield Libraries are now offering a digital branch to their libraries. Find out more here.

Wakefield Libraries

We have just opened a new library. It’s not a building though, it’s a digital branch. OneClickdigital now includes eBooks as well as eAudiobooks. There are three thousand titles to choose from -crime, romance, history, biographies, children’s books – there is something for everybody and new titles will be added in the future. All you need is to visit the site and enter your library card number, create an account, download the app suitable for your device and choose your books. It’s very easy to use and if you do have any problems there is an excellent helpdesk service.eBooks are issued for three weeks just like conventional books, you can renew them and there are no late return fines to pay. You may be tempted by a talking book as well; the choice is excellent. We also have a magazine service too, Zinio , with a wide selection of popular…

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Wakefield Lit Fest

Wakefield Lit Festival takes place from 18th-30th September this year and features a talk by Ben Aaronovitch for the next Peter Grant book, Foxglove Summer, on 29th September!

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Just five weeks to go to the third annual Wakefield Lit Fest and it’s bigger and better than ever. Poet and writer Jackie Kay opens the festival and Simon Armitage, Ian Macmillan and Roger McGough are also appearing. Will Self is sure to be an interesting evening and Joanne Harris will be talking about her fantasy novel The Gospel of Loki. Ben Aaronovich’s PC Grant series has a lot of fans and Stuart Maconie will draw both music and book lovers.
The library has a full week of events. On Monday 22, author Stephen May will be talking about his novel ‘Wake Up Happy Every Day’. On Tuesday storyteller Christine McMahon will be leading an afternoon workshop for anyone interested in developing the skill of oral storytelling and in the evening telling stories inspired by the textile heritage of Yorkshire and Lancashire in ‘On Tenterhooks – folktales with occasional sheep…

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Enter the Mythical Maze

Want something to do this summer holidays? Need to get your kids reading more? Then head to your local library and join the summer reading scheme!
As someone who has helped run these events, I know kids love reading during these events and love getting the prizes during the scheme and the medal and certificate at the end. Get involved and have fun!

Wakefield Libraries

The summer holidays will be with us soon and we are all ready for our biggest reading promotion of the year, the Summer Reading Challenge. Evey year, three quarters of a million children join the Summer Reading Challenge in their local libraries and try to read six books before they go back to school. This year the theme is the Mythical Maze and when they join they will get a wonderful Maze poster designed by this year’s artist Sarah McIntyre. As they read books they will get stickers of creatures like mermaids and unicorns to add to the maze. There are little rewards too and a gold medal and certificate when they complete the challenge. Sometimes the certificates are awards in assemblies when they go back to school so that their teachers know who has taken part. The challenge really helps children keep up their reading skills over the summer…

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Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight

Hurray for libraries for being inclusive of readers of all abilities!

Wakefield Libraries

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Make A Noise In Libraries fortnight is an annual campaign to highlight the services available in libraries for blind and partially sighted people, to try to improve their access to books and information.

•We have a large range of books in large print and audio. All our libraries stock books in these formats and our free request service brings your choice to your library.
•We have a wide range of free Online services to access from home, including free talking books, language courses and magazines to download.
•Readers Groups meet throughout the District to chat about reading and audio books. Book titles are provided. Contact us if you would like to find out about the support we offer VIP groups.
•If you find it difficult to visit your local library, we can bring the library service to your home through our Home Library service. Our Mobile Library has regular stops…

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