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Inaugural Speed Dating library event is Valentine’s hit for LiveWire in Warrington

Posted Wednesday 20 February 2019 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

ValentinesLove was in the air at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub in Warrington on Wednesday 13th February, when LiveWire held its first Library Speed Dating event - which received fantastic feedback from those who attended.

Organised by LiveWire’s Community Librarian Team, the free event was one of the UK’s first ever speed dating events held in a public library space.

It was attended by around 30 people who enjoyed coffee and cake and the chance to meet and chat with new people, in the welcoming and familiar setting of a library.

Wendy Molyneux, LiveWire Strategic Libraries Manager, came up with the idea for a speed dating event. Such was the unusual nature of the event, Wendy was even invited on to BBC Radio Manchester to talk about the idea.

Following the event, Wendy said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere in the library during the event, and everyone looked like they were having a great time.  Overwhelmingly people told us they enjoyed it and said it was a good way to meet new people, and that they hope we organise similar events in the future.

ValentinesQuite a few people made comments about how they liked the idea it was in a library rather than a bar or club because they felt safe, and it was nice to meet people face to face rather than virtually.

It was also a great way to engage with the community and help combat potential social isolation – all important functions of libraries.”

The speed dating event has been praised by Time to Read, the partnership of public library authorities in the North West that collaborate on reader development initiatives.

Ian Anstice, Time to Read co-ordinator, said: “This is fantastic to see. The LiveWire Team has gone way beyond in order to come up with a successful event that looks like it will start a bit of a trend. It took some bravery to put on something like this and it is great to see it has paid off. Linking it so closely to Valentine’s Day was inspired as well. We know people love books and all the other services that libraries provide but it’s great to see love itself as a possibility now.”

LiveWire hopes to hold more speed dating events in the future.

Great North West Read 2019

Posted Monday 4 February 2019 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

GNWR logoWhat is it?

A joint promotion between 22 library authorities in the North West, covering a population of 8 million people and including all Liverpool and Greater Manchester. The aim is to get people in the region reading and talking about one book. This would be in libraries but also with promotions being sought in other outlets and through radio publicity. This theme is modelled on the successful CityReads programme that started in London and will be on a similar scale. The aim for the title is for it to be “popular” with some tie in to the region but the book does not need to be a bestseller or come from a big-name author.

We will provide:

· Potential space for display in over 300 libraries, with an active membership of one million.

· Social media (#GNWR hashtag) and email promotion by library authorities.

· In addition to the assistance of the library authorities, Time To Read has a budget of around £5 000 to use as necessary.

We are looking for:

· Any format or type of book will be considered. We’re looking for one which will be likely to get popular interest which will get people talking and, ideally, reach beyond the traditional library readership. Fiction, non-fiction, modern or classic will be considered. Some themes may be politically unacceptable by some library authorities and so will not be considered, but this will be decided on a case by case basis.

· Some copies for free for the various authorities. Other possibilities include a discount for titles or paying for printing. Preference will be given for a title that is available as multi-copy loanable  e-book.

· Point of sale material would be appreciated. Across the region, we would need 10 000 A5 leaflets and bookmarks, 1 000 A4 posters, and 500 A3 posters.

· As many author visits as possible. It’s understood there would be fewer visits for a “big name” author but a smaller name author would be considered if more visits could be arranged for them.

When?

· October or November 2019. Submissions for the second half of 2020 will also be accepted.

Ian Anstice, timetoread@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk,

The Great North West Read!

Posted Tuesday 6 November 2018 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

The Great North West Read encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book during the month of November. 22 library services throughout the North West, from Cumbria to Chester, including all of Greater Manchester and Merseyside are involved.

This year, we are delighted to have the atmospheric, page-turning and utterly brilliant "The Craftsman" as the book to discuss.

Sharon Bolton herself will be coming to the North West to talk about the book during the month so check out this list of events to make sure you get the chance to see her.

Sharon Bolton"Libraries in the north west played a huge part in my love of stories as I was growing up, and I couldn't be more pleased that The Craftsman has been selected as the first Great North West Read."  Sharon Bolton

If this has got you thinking about what other books there may be out there with a northwest link then, excellent, we have just the books for you. Have a look at our Great North West reads webpage for suggestions (download it here). And if all the talk of witchcraft in the book has got you thinking then try these Great Magical Reads (or download it).

"The Craftsman" would be great book to discuss in groups. Your local library service may be able to assist with a special "The Craftsman" reading group collection, or in reserving books, or you can obtain your copies. Either way, this reading group guide will help with background information, trivia, suggested questions and pictures.

28 tales for 28 days

Posted Tuesday 4 September 2018 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

Refugee Tales and Comma Press are launching ’28 Tales for 28 Days’ (#28for28 ) on 11 September.

Rooted in the work of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group,  and supported by the University of Kent, Refugee Tales shares the tales of those who have been indefinitely detained in immigration detention. The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely for administrative purposes without judicial oversight. To highlight the call for a 28 day time limit for immigration detention, Refugee Tales is releasing 28 tales online – one each day over 28 days on the website www.28for28.org.

Events for the book which have taken place across Manchester and the North West at various festivals and have always been well supported, and a number of the tales recorded for this project were recorded in Manchester with local actors such as Maxine Peake and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Tales are collaborations between people who have experienced detention, or people who have worked with those detained, by writers such as Kamila Shamsie, Ali Smith, Neel Mukherjee, Jackie Kay, Marina Warner, Inua Ellams and Patrick Gale. They are read on film by actors such as Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack, Zoe Wanamaker, Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake making a call for an end to indefinite detention to a new audience. Crucially, at the end of 28 Tales for 28 Days, a tale will be read in Westminster taking the tales to parliamentarians who have the power to bring about legislative change and end the injustice of immigration detention.



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Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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