June was a busy month for Bolton's Libraries
National Crime Reading Month
An entertaining evening with Chris Simms speaking about his writing, his latest novel “Sleeping Dogs” and why he decided to self- publish. The time just flew by, as the audience were keen to ask lots of questions.
Make a noise in libraries week
We invited a group from Action for the Blind. They received information about our services and there was a chat about books they enjoy reading; this included James Patterson titles, Ruth Hamilton and non-fiction books about Tarot, mind body and Astrology. It was a great opportunity to promote our e-books and e-audio books.
As it is National Crime Writing Month; we read aloud the introduction of “The Water’s Edge,” by Norwegian Crime writer Karin Fossum
As a result of the visit, one lady re-joined and took out three talking books, another has taken out an e-audio book and three people have also signed up to be a Friend of the Museum.
The launch of the Creative Design Show – University of Bolton 11th June 2015
A wonderful show case of creative courses on display at the University of Bolton. Bolton Libraries and Museum worked in partnership with the University as part of their “Writers at Work” project placement for third year students. This involved students visiting our Egyptian collection and producing a piece of creative writing about the artefacts.
Following on from this, one of the placement students led a writing workshop at our Harwood community library. The feedback was fantastic –
“We were impressed with Jack’s presentation and knowledge on Ancient Egypt, and found the talk on the artefacts you brought fascinating. It was wonderful to see them ‘close up’ and discuss them in more detail. You inspired us all and I’m sure you’ve given us all material we can use in our writing for the future.”
Jack enjoyed his placement and is planning to do an MA in Museum studies.
Photography students were also working with the Egyptian collection to complement the creative writing. One student’s work from the project, led to being presented with the neo: artprize 2015 and gaining a twelve week neo residency placement.
This was a pilot for a regular programme, which will take place again in 2016.
We also presented an award and prize to a creative writing student for an innovative and inspirational poetry poster.
Adult Learners’ Week 15th -19th June
Local poet Dave Morgan hosted a workshop that looked at what influences our views of other cultures, discussed perceptions and stereotypes and how this influences our lives. Dave explored the Chinese culture, referring to popular Chinese book and film characters.
The group had fun trying to translate some poetry from the Chinese. One of the participants described the session as “thought provoking” and not what she had expected
Six Book Challenge Celebration -16th June
To celebrate Adult Learners’ Week, students from Bolton Sixth Form College were invited to the library to meet inspirational writer Steven McLaughlin. The College has been very successful with students completing the Six Book Challenge and ithas been a pleasure to work with them this year.
Staff were invited to their Six Book Challenge presentation, where we had a stall promoting activities and services offered by our Libraries and Museum.
Steven McLaughlin gave a very interesting talk and engaged his audience. Comments about the event –
“Good informative and interesting subject matter.”
“Very good –excellent in fact! Would like Steven McLaughlin to come to the Six Book presentation at the college next year.”
“Really enjoyable experience and Steven has a knowledge that he can pass on to other people, about life and writing/publishing.”
“I have joined the library for the first time and I can say that I enjoyed listening to the author talk.”
Looking forward to working with the College on future events.
A lot of the students said they were keen to attend more of our author events.
National Reading Group Day -20th June
To celebrate National Reading Group Day our book groups were asked to send us photos of their groups and some information on each one. Leading up to the day we have focused on a different book group each day by tweeting about them.
There is also a fantastic blog article on our Libraries and Museum website featuring Harwood Library which has three successful book groups; to include one that has been running for 15 years!
Melanie Graaf (Bolton)