#whatsyourstory – Meet Kim

kim-woodFull-time mum Kim Wood moved to Leeds seven years ago. With her husband working long hours and a new baby to look after, Kim felt isolated in a new area where she hardly knew anyone. She loved using her local library in Newcastle when she was growing up, so when she moved to Leeds she quickly sought out her local library. It’s proved a real lifeline for her and her three daughters; Sophie, Chloe and Phoebe. The girls are total bookworms and they love nothing more than coming to the library to read and explore new books – and taking home armfuls to read! Kim loves the variety of events happening at her local library and the chance to meet other parents and have some grown-up conversations! From storytimes to tea parties to food festivals, there’s always something fun going on that she can bring the family to. Using her local library has really helped Kim feel part of the community.

You don’t just have to take our word for it, here’s Kim telling you her story in her own words: https://youtu.be/C6uja0arxvw

Now you’ve met another 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.

Blue Monday

This blog post comes from Charlotte, our Digital Engagement Librarian.

The third Monday in January is now commonly known as Blue Monday – supposedly the most depressing day of the year. The concept was actually created by a travel company in 2005, using a calculation that took into account things like debt, weather and the amount of time since Christmas. However, this calculation has no basis in science and has been debunked many times!

charlotte-the-rest-of-usDespite this, Blue Monday seems to have caught the imagination of the media and looks to be a regular feature for Januarys to come. Even though today isn’t really the most depressing day of the year, it seems as good a day as any to highlight some books that will perk you up this winter!

charlotte-fragile-thingsThe Reading Agency’s Reading Well site is a great place to start. There are two categories of books, Books on Prescription and Mood-Boosting Books.

charlotte-the-worry-cureBooks on Prescription is a collection of books to help you manage and understand health and wellbeing using self-help reading. If you visit a GP or health professional, they may recommend one or more titles from the Books on Prescription list.

If you’re looking for an uplifting read, then head to the Mood-Boosting Books collection. There’s a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry all recommended by readers and reading groups for their uplifting abilities.

charlotte-the-readers-of-broken-wheelAs well as making you feel a bit more cheerful, there’s also evidence that books can make you live longer! The report concludes that, “the benefits of reading books include a longer life in which to read them … The robustness of our findings suggests that reading books may not only introduce some interesting ideas and characters, it may also give more years of reading.”

 

#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.

#whatsyourstory – Meet Bill

Bill Hyland (2)We’d like to share with you the story of another inspirational Leeds resident – Bill Hyland as part of Leeds Libraries #whatsyourstory campaign.

72-year-old Bill Hyland, from Oakwood, invented his 4-in-1 de-burring tool for plastic pipes way back in 1976, but didn’t have the time or resources to put it into production until after he retired, he went to an exhibition at the Central Library. The team, who he describes as a ‘good meeting of friends’ offered him expert advice and support, including putting him in touch with Leeds Business & IP Centre. He then spent the next few years, using the library service to research the background of an invention and how to put the plan into action. The library staff gave him valuable feedback, as well as helping him to bring his creation to life. Seven years on, Bill’s device, the Burrfect, is on the market and selling well. Proof that you’re never too old to start something new.

 Without Leeds Libraries, Bill said that he wouldn’t have known where to start. The Inventor’s Group helped him from beginning to end. Computers, and learning how to use the internet effectively, has helped to make his vision come true. Bill’s advice is ‘If anyone has an idea, bring it forward – the libraries will help’.

A specialist BIPC (Business and Intellectual Property Centre) Leeds team is available for in depth business and intellectual property enquiries. In the Business & IP centre you can find a wide range of resources which can help you, whether you are just setting up in business, writing a business plan, targeting new customers or researching new markets.

We can guide you through the procedures required to help you protect your products and services using patents, trade-marks, registered designs and copyright and can help you avoid infringing the Intellectual Property of others.

To learn more about how we can help your business please visit us at Central Library on The Headrow in Leeds. Alternatively phone: 0113 247 8282 or email informationandresearch@leeds.gov.uk

BIPC is a partnership between Leeds City Council and the British Library and is a member of the Business and IP Centre network, supported by the Intellectual Property Office, DCLG and the Arts Council.

Leeds Libraries – New Non-Fiction this week

Here is a selection of the new non-fiction titles that will be arriving this week.

Life below stairsLife below stairs: in the Victorian & Edwardian country house by Sian Evans

From the cook, butler and housekeeper to the footman, lady’s maid and nanny, this is a glimpse behind the scenes of some of Britain’s grandest houses.

 

 

 

Eat yourself beautifulEat yourself beautiful: true beauty, from the inside out by Rosanna Davison

Combining cutting-edge nutritional science, wholesome vegan recipes and practical advice for making the most of a hectic daily routine, ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ is a functional and accessible guide to promoting beauty through nutritional wellbeing and the adoption of a balanced lifestyle.

How to knitHow to knit: go from beginner to expert with 20 new projects by Mollie Makes

Knitting may seem complicated, but in fact there are just two stitches you need to learn. Once you have mastered knit and purl, you can knit pretty much anything. The beginner’s section starts with a run-through of the basic tools and equipment you’ll need, as well as a handy guide to choosing yarn. Once you’re ready to start, learn the best way to hold your needles, and tackle the different cast-on methods to work out which works best for you. Once you’ve cast on, you are ready to make those all-important first stitches and choose your first project.

deep southDeep South: four seasons on back roads by Paul Theroux

For the past 50 years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth – to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere – and brought them to life in his cool, exacting prose. In ‘Deep South’ he turns his gaze to a region much closer to his home. Travelling through North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas he writes of the stunning landscapes he discovers – the deserts, the mountains, the Mississippi – and above all, the lives of the people he meets.

Queen ElizabethQueen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family

 ‘Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family’ is a visual guide to the Queen, from her childhood to today. Telling the story of the House of Windsor, including events such as the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and profiles on key people such as Princess Diana and Prince Harry, right up to the birth of William and Kate’s second child, this is the complete guide to the world’s most famous royal family.

Maggie SmithMaggie Smith: a biography by Michael Coveney

No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith, one of Britain’s best-loved actors. This biography shines the stage-lights on the life and work of a truly remarkable performer, one whose career spans six decades.

Our Children & Young People’s eReading Room is live and even more @Child_Leeds Friendly

Click this cover for a(n) eBook sample of The Hunger Games Complete Trilogy.Click this cover for a(n) eBook sample of The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.Not enough time to get down to the library?

Feeling the chill and want to stay indoors but fancy a new read? Or maybe you’re getting a tablet or eReader for Christmas?

Well in addition to our incredibly popular main eBooks and eAudio collection, we’re thrilled to announce a new eReading Room for Children and Young People, making it easier to find the titles aimed at this age group.

With nearly 800 titles to choose from, search by:

Subject (thriller, humour),  Collection (most downloaded, just returned, audio, new),  Level.Click this cover for a(n) Audiobook sample of Mockingjay.

Click here to view eBook details for The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav PilkeyWe’ll be adding titles to the collection on a regular basis and it’s easy to download – Downloading instructions 

All downloads are FREE, and you can download up to 6 titles for 21 days.

Place a hold if a title you like is already out. that’s free too.

You just need  library membership and a PIN number (if you’re a member but don’t have a PIN you can easily get one from your library) Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#FF Book browsing for the brave

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The picture shows a man browsing for books in Cincinnati’s cavernous Old Main library. It was demolished in 1955.

The original library building stood for 85 years at 629 Vine St., next door to the old Enquirer Building.

Once heralded as “the most magnificent public library in the country,” according to the library website, in the end it was derided as antiquated and unsuitable for the 1.25 million volumes in the library’s collection.

The doors of Old Main closed on January 27th, 1955, and the new Main opened four days later.

The old building was sold to the Leyman Corporation for $615,000, and was razed by the following June.

The site is now a parking garage.