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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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
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|