Fun Palaces at Leeds Libraries

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This year we are delighted to be hosting Fun Palaces in 7 of our libraries.

Fun Palaces is a movement campaigning for culture by, for and with all – with a firm belief that community belongs at the core of all culture – and an annual weekend of events, where arts, crafts, science, tech and digital are a catalyst for community engagement and full participation for everyone, from the grassroots up.

Fun Palaces are made by local people for their own communities, bringing together arts and sciences, crafts, tech and digital, free and fun, linked by the the Fun Palace network – Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist. We welcome many more, from everywhere and anywhere, to join us in 2017 and beyond.

We want you to help us create a Fun Palace that is unique and relevant to the community that you live in. Have you got a skill that you can share with others? We would love you to give some time to share that skill at one of our Fun Palaces over the weekend of the 7th and 8th October. Follow the links below to find out more about the venue and contact details.

Community Hub and Library Fun Palaces in Leeds are in the following places:-

Armley One Stop Centre

Compton Centre

Crossgates Library

Dewsbury Road Community Hub

Guiseley Library

Horsforth Community Hub

Reginald Centre

For more information about Fun Palaces in general, visit the Fun Palace website.

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#whatsyourstory – Meet Jean

Jean image (2).jpgLast week we shared with you details of Bill Hyland’s great invention and this week’s post tells you all about another Leeds Libraries ambassador – Jean Murgatroyd.

Grandmother Jean Murgatroyd, from Armley, wanted to expand her social circle. So she joined the ‘knit-and-natter’ group that meets at her local library. She went on to learn how to knit and every week, Jean and her friends spend a happy afternoon knitting, chatting and relaxing over a cup of tea and a biscuit (or two). Although Jean admits she gets her stitches back-to-front sometimes, it’s a highlight of her week – and she’s always got a homemade gift for her beloved grandchildren. Whilst her husband has been poorly, Jean finds the library a great place to ‘be around friends’ as it takes her mind off things and she always feels welcome.

Now you’ve met two more of our Leeds Libraries ambassadors, could you be the next? If one of the many services available at Leeds Libraries has helped you, we want to know. Tweet us or write on our Facebook page using the hashtag #whatsyourstory, or email us at whatsyourstory@leeds.gov.uk, and let us know how we’ve helped you.

Featured Library – Oakwood

Another in my random series about the libraries that we have all around the city. This time I am concentrating on Oakwood library as the Roundhay & Oakwood Festival starts soon and we are delighted that Oakwood Library is hosting a number of events for the festival, which runs from the 23rd October until the 1st November 2015.

Oakwood%20Library%20Exterior%201_jpgFirst off though, a bit about the library. Oakwood is one of our more unusual buildings as it is housed in a  converted end terrace house on Oakwood Lane. This makes it a little bit challenging with the book shelves, but on the bright side we have a fantastic big bay window to display books in as well as a lovely garden to hold summer events. Some of you may have been to our reading challenge event held outside in the summer holidays.  The library has a regular monthly readers group and a weekly storytime on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 2.30pm.

For the festival the first ever Oakwood Library Street Food Festival will be on Saturday 24th October, along with a book signing with Lynn Hill, founder of Clandestine Cake Club; following the success of their first recipe collection the Clandestine Cake Club is back with a second delicious helping of 100 gorgeous recipes to whet your appetite in ‘A Year of Cake’.

skin like silverOn Monday 26th October local author Chris Nickson offers a special, exclusive preview of ‘Skin Like Silver’, the third in his Detective Inspector Tom Harper series set in the Leeds of the 1890s.

death in the dalesThen on Wednesday 28th October we will be joined by another local author Frances Brody, who will speak about ‘A Death in the Dales’ the seventh book in her Kate Shackleton Mysteries series, which is set in 1920s Yorkshire.

On the morning of Friday 30th October we will be joined by Stir Krazy Kids who will be showing us how to make delicious Wonka treats from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’!

 

 

And, if all that wasn’t enough already we will also be celebrating the 65th anniversary of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ on the afternoon of the 30th October with an afternoon of crafty fun – we will be making Narnia snow globes and more!

For further details about these events, and many more please go to the festival website.

Featured library – Dewsbury Road

I thought I would do a series of blog posts that casts the spotlight on our individual libraries. Really being a librarian, I should feature them in alphabetical order, but as we have some good new stuff coming up at Dewsbury Road, I have had to go against my instinct!

Dewsbury%20Road%20Library%20Exterior_jpgDewsbury Road library is a modern library situated near to New Bewerley School and the Beeston campus of City of Leeds college. It is part of a multi service building where other council services can be accessed. A list of all the services available in the library here.

But that stuff is the everyday stuff – look what else you can get up to!

fountain-pen-447576_640NEW – Creative Writing Group – last Tuesday of the month, 1.00 – 2.30pm

Find inspiration and develop your own writing style amongst a free, fun, eclectic writers group. Whatever your genre or skill level, come along and enjoy discussing anything and everything to do with writing in a supportive and friendly social setting. The next meetings are 28 July, 25 August, 29 September, 27 October and 24 November.

comics clubNEW – Comics Club – starts 23rd July, then moves to every 3rd Thursday of the month, 3.15 – 4.45pm

Join us every third Thursday of the month to make comics, create characters, draw awesome stuff, write awesome stuff and read all kinds of awesome comics! Suitable for families and children aged 6 – 12 years.

 

 

Mug of coffeeCommunity Coffee Morning – every Friday 10.00 – 11.30am

Come along to our relaxed and friendly coffee morning to meet new people, share stories and community information.

Record Breakers logoSummer Reading Challenge – through the summer holidays

Take part in the challenge and read 6 books over the summer and we will reward you with prizes. This years theme is Record Breakers and we are holding all sorts of events in our libraries over the summer, to find out when and where have a look at our Facebook page.

laptop-820274_640IT Learning Sessions

Do you long to use the internet but don’t know where to start? Maybe you have a new tablet that you just can’t get to grips with? Ask at the library counter and they will register you for a learning session with one of our librarians.