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.

Writers bring fiction to life with #TwitterFictionFestival.

Twitter Fiction Festival 2012Amateur writers can submit their ideas from 2nd March to become featured in the author showcase of the third #TwitterFiction festival which takes place from 11th to 15th May — 25 spots are available. Anyone can also join in by creating fiction on the spot Fiction Festivalusing the hashtag #TwitterFiction.

The festival invites authors to create original fiction using the Twitter platform –  to “embrace, explore and develop the art of storytelling on Twitter”, with fiction that uses Twitter functionality creatively strongly encouraged.

Famous authors participating include Jackie Collins, Margaret Atwood and Jojo Moyes as well as Lauren Beukes, Chuck Wendig, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, and Anna Todd.

Don’t miss our first Library Fest coming soon

 library fest logo This year Leeds will be hosting its very first Library Fest (click for all the details) . During this week libraries across the city will showcase some of their fantastic work and highlight the variety of services, events and activities that are unique to libraries.

Events will include storytelling, film, talks, live music, crafting, heritage tours, gaming and the opportunity to discover somelego man of our rare books and map collections. There really is something for everyone, so bring friends and family with you to experience something new at the library and let us surprise you with all the exciting things Leeds Libraries have to offer.

Events will include storytelling, film, talks, live music, crafting, heritage tours, gaming and the opportunity to discover some of our rare books and map collections. There really is something for everyone, so bring friends and family with you to experience something new at the library. You may be surprised at all the exciting things Leeds Libraries have to offer.

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