Blackburn with Darwen Library Newsletter, November 2018

Multi award winning author to promote the first ever “Great North West Read” at Darwen Library

In a first of its kind, public library authorities across the North West region will be promoting one book during November. Sharon Bolton’s “The Craftsman” is a tense thriller with a young female police constable investigating a series of murders in Lancashire in the 1970s, dealing with sexism and contemporary witches along the way. The beginning of a trilogy, “The Craftsman” has been optioned by Sid Gentle Films, the hit team behind the award-winning “Killing Eve”.

Extra copies of the book will be made available to libraries in an area stretching from Carlisle to Chester and covering all of Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and we are thrilled that Sharon herself will be visiting Darwen Library on Wednesday November 21st at 7 pm (please note the change of time since the last newsletter was published).  Sharon is no stranger to Darwen, having grown up in the area, and Darwen Library even makes a ‘cameo’ appearance in the book  Copies will be available to buy on the night.

The project is part of the work of Time to Read, a unique partnership of 22 library authorities in the North West working together to promote reading, in collaboration with Orion Books.

Tickets for this event are now available from both Blackburn Library and Darwen Library, price £3 (which includes light refreshments).  Tel: 01254 706021 or email darwen.library@blackburn.gov.uk for further details and to enquire about availability.  Booking for this event is strongly advised, as it is expected to be very popular.

Commemorative Coffee Morning at Darwen Library
Help us to remember the 1,302 from Darwen who gave their lives in WW1 and all others who were affected by the conflict, at a commemorative coffee morning and book launch at Darwen Library on Saturday November 3rd.  Darwen Library Larks will be entertaining people with songs and poetry readings from the Great War, and there will be an exhibition of how the war affected the people of Darwen produced by the Friends of Darwen Library.  Andrew Rigby will be launching his new book “Our Greatest Generation” and there will be refreshments and poppies available to buy. Come and join us, and remember with pride.
Bestseller!
Heather Morris’ heart-breaking debut “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” has taken the number one spot on The Bookseller’s official top 50 chart recently, selling 25,567 paperback copies.  The eAudio edition, wonderfully brought to life by British actor Richard Armitage, has been a permanent feature on our own BorrowBox charts so far this year also. This is a tale of love and survival in the most extreme of circumstances and the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the holocaust – the blue numbers tattooed on the prisoners’ arms.

‘Extraordinary, moving, confronting and uplifting… I recommend it unreservedly’ Greame Simsion, author of The Rosie Project,

Why not try it and see what you think? You can borrow this and all other eAudio Books free of charge.There are over 21,000 titles to choose from with eBooks, eMagazines and eComics available as well.  Go to http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/pages/libraries.aspx and follow the links from the Virtual library section, or download the BorrowBox app (eBooks / eAudio) or RB Digital app (eMagazines / eComics).

My Mum Tracy Beaker

It’s incredible, but true, that Tracy Beaker – the 10 year old star of several of Jacqueline Wilson’s most enduring books – first appeared in print as long ago as 1991.  27 years and several television series later, Jacqueline Wilson has returned to the character for her latest novel, but she is now grown up and with a daughter of her own called Jess.

Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team.  They do everything together.  Yes their flat’s a bit mouldy, it’s only just big enough for two, and the Duke estate is a bit scary, but it’s their happy home until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom.  Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a different person altogether?  And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?

You can now borrow this title from your local Blackburn with Darwen library, or listen to the eAudio version on the BorrowBox app or library website https://fe.bolindadigital.com/wldcs_bol_fo/b2i/mainPage.html?b2bSite=5614.

Reading Groups New

Book Review
The 13th Tablet – By Alex Mitchell
This book starts off well enough – a mysterious ancient tablet is found. What can it mean? However it soon deteriorates into what I can only describe as daftness. Think the Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones  and you’ll be somewhere near the twist and turns of this not very well written novel.

The main character is Mina Osman, a young PHD student in Middle Eastern Studies, born to Iraqi parents and brought up in New York who interrupts her degree course to lecture in cuneiform studies in Mosul. Cuneiform is an ancient form of writing similar to hieroglyphics. So far so not very gripping!  The author himself is an academic specialising in classical archaeology and this is very evident throughout the book which centres on Mina’s search for the origins of the tablet while fighting various other people who want to get their hands on it too. The tablet, it emerges, is said to predict major catastrophic world events.

The characters are stereotypical. From the Bond type villain on his luxury yacht with a foxy girlfried to the hunky American ex army major who pals up with Mina in her search. And for an allegedly intelligent woman, Mina does some remarkably stupid things.  I see from the frontispiece that Alex Mitchell’s main field of research is in the “Archaeology of Humour”. There is nothing funny about this book apart from the ludicrous sequence of events.

As a piece of daft escapism, this book is perhaps worth a read but I for one will not be reading the two other novels in this series.

Hilary
Postal Order Reading Group

A list of Reading Group sets of books is available from the library on request

Get Your Game-Face on!

4th – 10th November is International Games Week, and selected libraries in Blackburn with Darwen will be offering the chance to play a variety of games – both traditional and more modern.  Mill Hill Library will be holding an American Football themed board game called Blood Bowl on Thursday November 8th between 3.30 and 5 pm.  Blackburn, Darwen and Livesey Libraries will also have a range of board games available on a drop-in basis throughout the week, so come on down and get gaming!
Print Workshops and More at Blackburn Museum

A series of Print Workshops will be running at the Museum on certain Fridays and Saturdays throughout November, together with a Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop.  An Objects Identification Day will also take place on Wednesday, November 28th between 12 and 2 pm when Portable Antiquities Finds Officer Stuart Noon will be on hand to identify your archaeological finds and record any that are over 300 years old.

For further information about prices and times of sessions Tel: 01254 667130 or email http://blackburmuseum.org.uk.
Save The Date

Local History researcher Christine Parkinson will be giving a talk entitled From Dandy Walk To Samlesbury Hall at Livesey Library on Tuesday December 11th at 2 pm. Tickets £2 which includes refreshments. Further details in December’s Newsletter.

Calendar of Events

Key:

Adults’ events, Children’s/family events, Young children’s events, Partners’ events.
To confirm availability at events, please phone the relevant library (unless otherwise stated):

  • Blackburn Library (01254) 661221
  • Darwen Library (01254) 706021
  • Livesey Library (01254) 209442
  • Mill Hill Library (01254) 266380
  • Roman Road Library (01254) 682347
  • King George’s Hall / Darwen Library Theatre 0844 847 1664
  • Sew and Sow enquiries (01254) 587941
Event Title Day of the Week Date Start & finish times Location Ticket Price Booking required Y/N
Councillor’s surgery Thu 01.11.18 9.30 – 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
Story time Thu 01.11.18 11 – 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
Women’s Group Thu 01.11.18 1 – 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
IT course: Google Docs Thu 01.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
FoDL Coffee Morning Sat 03.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 03.11.18 10 am – 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N

 

Craft and Chat Mon 05.11.18 9.30 am – 1.30 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
Darwen Library Crafters Mon 05.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Darwen Library   Y
Local/Family Researchers Mon 05.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 05.11.18 2 – 4 pm Livesey Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 05.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Mars Rover workshop Mon 05.11.18 4.15 – 5.15 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
Family arts & crafts Mon 05.11.18 5 – 6 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
Councillor’s surgery Mon 05.11.18 6 – 7 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
IT Drop in Tue 06.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Tuesday Reading Group Tue 06.11.18 10.15 – 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
Darwen Library Larks Tue 06.11.18 1.30 – 3pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
Story time Tue 06.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
IT Drop-in session Tue 06.11.18 2 – 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
Story time Wed 07.11.18 10.30 – 11.15 am Livesey Library N/A N
Tai Chi Wed 07.11.18 10.30 – 11.30 am Livesey Library £2 Y
Job Application Workshop Wed 07.11.18 1.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Story & Rhyme time Wed 07.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Toddlers’ craft session Wed 07.11.18 2.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Wed 07.11.18 2 – 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Books @ the Pub Wed 07.11.18 6 – 7.30 pm The Postal Order N/A N
Councillor’s surgery Thu 08.11.18 9.30 – 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
Story time Thu 08.11.18 11 – 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
Women’s Group Thu 08.11.18 1 – 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
Games session Thu 08.11.18 3.30 – 5 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
Knit & Natter Fri 09.11.18 2.30 – 3.30 pm Livesey Library N/A N
Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 10.11.18 10 am – 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N

 

Craft and Chat Mon 12.11.18 9.30 am – 1.30 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
Darwen Library Crafters Mon 12.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Darwen Library   Y
Local/Family Researchers Mon 12.11.18 10 am – 12pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 12.11.18 2 – 4 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 12.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Friends of Darwen Library Mon 12.11.18 3 – 4.15 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Mars Rover workshop Mon 12.11.18 4.15 – 5.15 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
Family arts & crafts Mon 12.11.18 5 – 6 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
Darwen Library Reading Group Mon 12.11.18 5.45 – 6.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Tue 13.11.18 10 am – 12  pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Sew & Sow Tue 13.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
Tuesday Reading Group Tue 13.11.18 10.15 – 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
Darwen Library Larks Tue 13.11.18 1.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
Story time Tue 13.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
IT Drop-in Tue 13.11.18 2 – 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
Story time Wed 14.11.18 10.30 – 11.15 am Livesey Library N/A N
Tai Chi Wed 14.11.18 10.30 – 11.30 am Livesey Library £2 Y
IT course: Mouse and Keyboard skills Wed 14.11.18 10 am – 12  pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
Story & Rhyme time Wed 14.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Toddlers’ craft session Wed 14.11.18 2.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Wed 14.11.18 2 – 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Chatterbooks Wed 14.11.18 3.45 – 4.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Councillor’s surgery Thu 15.11.18 9.30 – 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
Story time Thu 15.11.18 11 – 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
Women’s Group Thu 15.11.18 1 – 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
IT course: Mouse and Keyboard Skills Thu 15.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 17.11.18 10 am – 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Councillors Surgery Sat 17.11.18 10.30 – 11.30 am Darwen Library N/A N

 

Craft and Chat Mon 19.11.18 9.30 am – 1.30 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
Darwen Library Crafters Mon 19.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Darwen Library   Y
Local/Family Researchers Mon 19.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 19.11.18 2 – 4 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 19.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Mars Rover workshop Mon 19.11.18 4.15 – 5.15 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
Family arts & crafts Mon 19.11.18 5 – 6 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
IT Drop in Tue 20.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Sew & Sow Tue 20.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Livesey Library N/A N
Tuesday Reading Group Tue 20.11.18 10.15 – 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
Darwen Library Larks Tue 20.11.18 1.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
Story time Tue 20.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
IT Drop-in session Tue 20.11.18 2 – 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
IT course: Introducing the Internet Wed 21.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
Story time Wed 21.11.18 10.30 – 11.15 am Livesey Library N/A N
Tai Chi Wed 21.11.18 10.30 – 11.30 am Livesey Library £2 Y
Story & Rhyme time Wed 21.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Toddlers’ craft session Wed 21.11.18 2.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Wed 21.11.18 2 – 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Author visit, Sharon Bolton Wed 21.11.18 7 pm Darwen Library £3 Y
Councillor’s surgery Thu 22.11.18 9.30 – 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
Story time Thu 22.11.18 11 – 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
Women’s Group Thu 22.11.18 1 – 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
IT course: Introducing the Internet Thu 22.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
Knit & Natter Fri 23.11.18 2.30 – 3.30 pm Livesey Library N/A N
Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 24.11.18 10 am – 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N

 

Craft and Chat Mon 26.11.18 9.30 am – 1.30 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
Darwen Library Crafters Mon 26.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Darwen Library   Y
Local/Family Researchers Mon 26.11.18 10 am – 12pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 26.11.18 2 – 4 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
IT Drop in Mon 26.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Family arts & crafts Mon 26.11.18 5 – 6  pm Roman Road Library N/A N
Livesey Reading Group Mon 26.11.18 7 – 8 pm Livesey Library N/A N
IT Drop in Tue 27.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Sew & Sow Tue 27.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Trip to Space2Make £12 Y
Tuesday Reading Group Tue 27.11.18 10.15 – 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
Darwen Library Larks Tue 27.11.18 1.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
Story time Tue 27.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
IT Drop-in session Tue 27.11.18 2 – 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
IT course: Gmail Basics Wed 28.11.18 10 am – 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
Storytime Wed 28.11.18 10.30 – 11.15 am Livesey Library N/A N
Tai Chi Wed 28.11.18 10.30 – 11.30 am Livesey Library £2 Y
Objects identification day Wed 28.11.18 12 – 2 pm Blackburn Museum N/A N
Story & Rhyme time Wed 28.11.18 2 – 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
Toddlers’ craft session Wed 28.11.18 2.30 – 3 pm Darwen Library N/A N
IT Drop in Wed 28.11.18 2 – 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
Councillor’s surgery Thu 29.11.18 9.30 – 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
Story time Thu 29.11.18 11 – 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
Women’s Group Thu 29.11.18 1 – 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
IT course: Gmail Basics Thu 29.11.18 2 – 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y

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