Bolton Library and Museum Service has sent an update about some special activities they have held in recent months to attract audiences to its libraries.
Many library authorities are doing similar things but not many pull them together into an updated report. Thanks to Melanie for sending this information.
Grandma’s Antique recipes with author Patricia Matthews
( Aug 21st Bolton Central Library ) A wonderful afternoon of entertainment with Patricia Matthews talking about the background to her book, Grandma’s Antique Recipes. Demonstrations were shown on screen of Pat in action, cooking recipes from the book.
The highlight of the afternoon was the food tasting.
There were 64 people at the event; which linked to the Bolton Food & Drink Festival. From the feedback, it was considered very successfult!
This was a lovely entertaining afternoon. My mum and I really enjoyed ourselves.
It was interesting, brought my childhood back when Gran used to bake at weekends.
Very enjoyable –nice humorous touches and very down to earth. Nice and informal.
Absolutely fabuloso! Well done Pat and thanks for teaching me what mother never had the chance to –PASTRY!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid event at Breightmet Library
(Saturday 13th Sept)
Breightmet Library took part in the Wimpy Kid Diary Giveaway. This was linked to The Just Read Campaign, backed by ITV’S Good Morning Britain; which encourages parents to spend 10 minutes reading with their children every day.
Children were keen to get their free book and take part in the linked activities.
Breightmet Library 5th Birthday Celebrations
On the 18th Sept
Breightmet Library celebrated its 5th birthday with a day of special activities.
People were invited to view the exhibition of paintings by the Silver Sketchers art group.
[Silver Sketchers sessions are run by Age UK every Friday, from 10am, at Breightmet Library in Breightmet Health Centre. For more details call 01204 332352].
Breightmet is a fine example of a community library that always has something going on! This was reflected in the wonderful display created by the library manager; showing all the different groups that use the library, with photographs and comments.
In the afternoon a nursery group was invited for a story session.
Following this, popular local crime writer Bill Rogers discussed his writing with an audience of 30, including the “Books & Banter” book group.
National Poetry Day on October 2nd
Local poets, read your poems
The day was promoted to local poets as an opportunity for them to read their poetry, on the National Poetry Day theme of “Remember” or otherwise. The event was enjoyed by all those who attended (26)
Comfy, relaxed, supportive. Very enjoyable –a chance (not often taken) to read my own stuff and listen to poets with more and less experience.
Brilliant!!! Great Atmosphere. Great words.Very enjoyable. Lots of talent in Bolton.
Summer Reading Game 2015 presentation
(Saturday Oct 4th)
Bolton Central Library
Another successful Summer Reading Game Challenge for Bolton Libraries. There was an increase in participation from last year. Staff played a major role in this, by going into schools and promoting the challenge with a “speedy read” (poem/short extract from a book/picture book story for younger children) & providing information about taking part.
Schools were keen to win the Reading Trophy; which has been offered for the last 2 years. Blackshaw Primary School in Breightmet have been the winners both previous times, but this year it went to St Thomas of Chequerbent in Westhoughton.
Activities took place in all libraries. The young Summer Reading Game volunteers organised events at our Central Library.
Bolton Central Library held the Summer Reading Game presentation for children from the winning school and finishers from libraries, entered into a prize draw. The mayor presented children with a book token and the young volunteers with a certificate. Popular poet Craig Bradley was invited to perform some of his poems at the event.
Westhoughton Library author event ( Oct 7th)
Westhoughton library hosted an event with local writer Johanna Winard to talk about her debut novel Ruby’s War.
Happy Birthday Elmer the elephant (Saturday 11th Oct)
Popular children’s book character Elmer the elephant celebrates his 25th Birthday. Central Bolton’s Children’s Library joined in the celebration by reading Elmer stories and providing a fun Elmer activity.