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Anna Jacobs visited her home territory

Posted Thursday 23 July 2015 by Joanne Eaves in Latest Libraries News

Anna Jacobs was warmly received at Spotland Library, Rochdale, by an enthusiastic audience of nearly 50 avid fans.

Anna, who was visiting as part of a north west tour to promote her 70th novel, “A Time to Remember”, was born and brought up in the Spotland area before attending Leeds University, and then emigrating to Australia in the 1970s. Author addressing an audience

Senior Library and Information Assistant, Linda Mainwaring, said: “The afternoon was a great success. Anna delighted the audience with tales of her early life and how she came to be such a successful writer. It’s been wonderful to have so much interest and support for this event, with people travelling from as far afield as Todmorden and Morecambe, as well as from across the borough”.

“Excellent!”, “Fabulous!” and “Superb!” were just some of the comments received via the library’s visitors book.

Local bookseller Bright Books attended with a selection of Anna’s titles, new and old, and lots of people took the opportunity to have a copy personally signed.

Amanda Brooke at Alkrington Library

Posted Friday 10 July 2015 by Joanne Eaves in Events

As we post forthcoming events up, sometimes its good to hear how they went.

Tracey Byrne, Senior Library & Information Assistant reported  from her event with Amanda Brooke “We had a successful evening with 30 people in attendance. It was an informal event with lots of interesting questions being asked throughout. Amanda gave a small reading from her latest book which left everyone very intrigued! This resulted in several books being sold!

All in all a great evening, it was lovely to meet Amanda who said that she is happy to come back anytime to do it all again.”

World Book Night 2015

Posted Friday 24 April 2015 by Joanne Eaves in Latest Libraries News

Rochdale Library staff give books away

World Book Night was celebrated on Thursday 23 April as hundreds of people received free books across the borough. From Northern Rail trains to Demesne Community Centre luncheon club to a Community Health Fair at Bowlee Sports Centre, staff from Rochdale Borough Libraries gave out free books, to brighten up people’s days and open their minds to the joys of a good read.

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books for people of all ages and abilities. It sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading.

Library volunteers handed out books to people travelling on trains between Rochdale and6 staff with empty carrier bags outside Rochdale station Todmorden. More than 130 books were given out, and were very well received by passengers. Young Persons’ Library Worker, Ray Stearn said: “The best, most rewarding part for me was walking back down through the railway carriages and seeing the previously bored-looking commuters getting stuck into their new books!”Image shows staff with their empty bags at the end of the journey

Library staff from the Middleton area also got involved in the magic of World Book Night by taking books to Demesne Community Centre and Bowlee Sports Centre to reach as many people as possible. Tracey Byrne, Senior Library and Information Assistant at Alkrington Library, said: “We received a really positive response from the people attending the luncheon club at Demesne. They were celebrating St George’s Day, so to receive a free gift in the form of a good book was an extra surprise.”

Gemma Bickerstaff, Health in Communities Co-ordinator welcomed the opportunity to give out free books at the Community Health Fair. “There is evidence to show that even a few minutes’ reading reduces stress levels so it’s lovely to be able to hand people a free book for them to keep or pass on.Some of this year’s World Book Night titles are on a list called Mood Boosting Books, which have been recommended by other readers as “feel-good” titles.”

Books handed out across the borough included “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce, “Assassin’s Apprentice” by Robin Hobb and “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death”. A poetry anthology and authors such as Lynda La Plante and Elif Shafak were also amongst the book giveaways, providing something for everyone.

More details about World Book Night can be found at

More details about Mood Boosting Books can be found at

Word Weavers welcome would-be wordsmiths

Posted Tuesday 24 June 2014 by Joanne Eaves in Events

The group’s new leader, Eileen Earnshaw, has a wealth of experience in literature and in running workshops. She hopes that the group can continue to develop writing skills and get even more people into creative writing.

Eileen said: “Anyone is welcome to come to learn more about creative writing and test out their skills, no matter their writing experience. The members are very friendly and there is an encouraging and respectful atmosphere, perfect for creative writing!”

They are looking for new members who wish to develop their creative writing skills. The sessions will focus on various topics and themes such as ‘plots and timelines’ and ‘local research methods’.

Word Weavers meet in room G11 at Rochdale Central Library, in the council’s multi-award winning Number One Riverside. The fortnightly sessions are from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

For more information about this group and other groups going on at libraries across the borough please go to Rochdale's website or

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