#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.


Fabulous eBooks added every month

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Have you had a look at the new eBooks which we’ve added lately?

Our new buying team’s been busy adding some popular authors and the range is fantastic.

Join our other eBook enthusiasts who now download over 4000 eBooks and eAudio titles a month FREE

You can also download many classics  from the Public Domain collection- these don’t count towards your download total.

Always available classics


#FF Fabulous eBooks that are always available to download.

We’re VERY thrilled to announce our collection of simultaneous download titles for members of Leeds Libraries. These titles will ALWAYS be available to download, no matter how many library members have already checked them out. They’re great titles too, handpicked as a collection.

Usually when we buy eBooks it’s one copy of a title so that we can offer lots of choice. But that does mean when a popular title’s checked out, you have to wait for it to ‘be returned’. With these titles, any number of library members can download them. If you are in a book group, they’re ideal. You can all download a title and discuss it at your leisure!

You just need to be a library member and have your PIN number – Go to the catalogue and startdownloading

How to download any of the 25 fantastic titles now. A list of the books is below

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Cover of The Crimson Petal and the WhiteCover of Bright Young ThingsCover of The Crane WifeCover of Safe as HousesCover of This Is Life

Cover of Jamrach's MenagerieCover of The RadleysCover of A Million Ways to Die in the WestCover of A Natural CuriosityCover of The Peppered Moth

Cover of LolitoCover of Girl Meets BoyCover of The ChangelingCover of The Good MuslimCover of Jacob's Folly

Cover of The Earth Hums in B Flat Cover of LaceCover of AnthropologyCover of FupCover of Tsotsi

Anthropology by Dan Rhodes

Being Emily by Anne Donovan

Betrayal  by Karin Alvtegen

Bright Young Things  by Scarlett Thomas

The Changeling by  Robin Jenkins

The Crane Wife  by Patrick Ness

The Crimson Petal and the White  by Michel Faber

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

Fup: A Modern Fable by Jim Dodge

Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith

The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

The Humans  by Matt Haig

Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller

Jamrach’s Menagerie  by Carol Birch

Lace: Lace Series, Book by Shirley Conran

Life of Pi  by Yann Martel

Lolito by Ben Brooks

A Million Ways to Die in the West   by  Seth MacFarlane

A Natural Curiosity byMargaret Drabble

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble

The Radleys by Matt Haig

Safe as Houses  bySimone van der Vlugt

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This Is Life  by Dan Rhodes

Tsotsi  by Athol Fugard