If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last two weeks, it’s that library staff know EVERYTHING, and I don’t mean which books to read if you want to do a loft conversion. I mean they pick up on much more than you realise. Not only do they know what you eat and drink when … Continue reading That’s all folks (not really)…
Yes, you could spend money on one of the new titles being promoted by the Richard and Judy Children’s Summer Book Club, or...you could sign your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren up for the Summer Reading Challenge and its Circus Stars reading campaign. I’ve worked out that even with the half-price discount currently being offered … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2011
Space is a real issue for libraries: everyone wants a piece. The town and branch libraries use every inch of space for poetry groups, basic reading groups, a PALS (Practice Activity and Leisure Scheme) Art Group, children’s storytime, a birdwatchers group, a visually impaired reading group, school visits, coffee mornings with guest speakers, knitting groups, … Continue reading A small space
British Asians of my generation had very little freedom growing up. We had pushy parents who wanted us to become doctors, lawyers or accountants, we were definitely NOT allowed boyfriends and girlfriends, and going out with friends involved spinning any number of yarns about studying for tests, just so we could be ‘normal’ and go … Continue reading The Little Library That Could
If you want to learn how to pitch your book to someone, and I mean really hook them in, make time to see Sophie Hannah next time she’s in town. After another intense day at one of the local libraries, I was ready to collapse in front of The Apprentice, but roused myself in time … Continue reading Sophie Hannah/Readers Group Book of the Year Event
Here's a short piece that I wrote for the campaigning and information website Voices for the Library. I am half-way through the residency and am loving it. Why didn't I think of doing this residency before?