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Libraries Newsletter

August 2022


Bank holiday reminder

Monday 29th August will be a bank holiday, so all libraries will be closed on that date.  Our free BorrowBox (eBook & eAudio), uLIBRARY (eAudio) and Libby (eMagazine) apps will all remain available, though.
 
Historic artefacts return to Darwen Library
 

Unique artefacts from Darwen Library's history have gone on display locally for the first time since they left the town more than 100 years ago.  When world renowned Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie opened Darwen Library on 27th May 1908, the people of the town were so grateful that they presented him with the freedom of the borough in an ornate casket (above), together with a ceremonial key (below).
 

Carnegie was one of the richest men alive in his day, using his great wealth to fund numerous projects in America, and across the British Empire.  He paid for the building of many public libraries across the UK, including Darwen Library.

After the opening ceremony, the casket and key were taken back to Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands, which was Carnegie's residence at the time.  They are currently part of the Carnegie Birthplace Museum's collection in Dunfermline, Scotland, and have been generously loaned back to Darwen Library for the next few months.  Don't miss this opportunity to see part of our local history 'up close and personal'. 

 
If your children haven't yet signed up for our Summer Reading Challenge there's still plenty of time, as it runs throughout August and September too.  All children age 4 - 12 years are encouraged to read 6 library books before the end of September and win stickers and prizes for each book that they read, as well as a certificate and a medal when they complete the challenge.  They can also use eBooks on the libraries' BorrowBox app or listen to audio books on BorrowBox, uLIBRARY or CD.

Ask about the challenge next time you're in your local library.  It's completely free and easy to join.  We'll just ask you to fill out a short application form and then we'll hand over your Gadgeteers membership pack to get you started.


Summer activities and events for children

Key:  Please note that unless otherwise stated, entry to events (including Read, Rhythm & Rhyme at Blackburn Library) is by free ticket.  Tickets will be available from the relevant library up to 2 weeks before each event on a first come, first served basis.  Please check availability for individual events direct with the library concerned, as some of the below may already be fully booked now:

Blackburn Central Library (01254) 661221
  • Mon 1st Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Kite making, age 5+
  • Tue 2nd Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Story character street art competition, all ages
  • Thu 4th Aug, 10.30 am - 12 pm, Creative writing workshop, age 9 - 11
  • Mon 8th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Junk modelling, age 5+
  • Thu 11th Aug, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, Zoolab, come and meet the animals, age 5+, tickets £1
  • Mon 15th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Sewing a puppet, age 5 - 7
  • Thu 18th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Build an aqueduct bridge challenge, age 7+
  • Mon 22nd Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Brilliant Bear Day, age under 5
  • Thu 25th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Read, Rhythm & Rhyme, age under 5
Darwen Library (01254) 706021
  • Sat 30th Jul, 11 - 11.30 am, Family story time, drop in
  • Mon 1st Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, KNex / Meccano, age 4+
  • Wed 3rd Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Kite making, age 5+
  • Thu 4th Aug, 1.30 - 3 pm, Creative writing workshop, age 9 - 11
  • Fri 5th Aug, 10.30 - 11 am, Story & rhyme time, age under 5, drop in
  • Sat 6th Aug, 11 - 11.30 am, Family story time, drop in
  • Wed 10th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Junk modelling, age 5+
  • Thu 11th Aug, 11 am - 12 pm, Zoolab, come and meet the animals, age 5+, tickets £1
  • Fri 12th Aug, 10.30 - 11 am, Story & rhyme time, age under 5, drop in
  • Sat 13th Aug, 11 - 11.30 am, Family story time, drop in
  • Wed 17th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Sewing a puppet, age 5 - 7
  • Fri 19th Aug, 10.30 - 11 am, Story & rhyme time, age under 5, drop in
  • Sat 20th Aug, 11 - 11.30 am, Family story time, drop in
  • Mon 22nd Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Build a Mars Rover, age 8 - 12
  • Wed 24th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Brilliant Bear Day, age under 5
  • Fri 26th Aug, 10.30 - 11 am, Story & rhyme time, age under 5, drop in
  • Sat 27th Aug, 11 - 11.30 am, Family story time, drop in
Cherry Tree Library (01254) 209442
  • Wed 3rd Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Kite making, age 5+
  • Wed 10th Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Junk modelling, age 5+
  • Mon 15th Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Build a Mars Rover, age 8 - 12
  • Wed 17th Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Sewing a puppet, age 5 - 7
  • Wed 24th Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Brilliant Bear Day, age under 5
Mill Hill Library (01254) 266380
  • Fri 5th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Kite making, age 5+
  • Fri 12th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Junk modelling, age 5+
  • Tue 16th Aug, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Build a Mars Rover, age 8 - 12
  • Fri 19th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Sewing a puppet, age 5 - 7
  • Fri 26th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Brilliant Bear Day, age under 5
Roman Road Library (01254) 682347
  • Tue 2nd Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Kite making, age 5+
  • Tue 9th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Junk modelling, age 5+
  • Tue 16th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Sewing a puppet, age 5 - 7
  • Thu 18th Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Build a Mars Rover, age 8 - 12
  • Tue 23rd Aug, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Brilliant Bear Day, age under 5 
NEW Lego club at Cherry Tree Library
 
Eagle eyed observers of the calendar below will notice a new club, meeting at Cherry Tree Library on Saturday 6th August.  The club will run on a 'drop in' basis from 10 am until 12 pm, and the plan is that it will run on the first Saturday of each month thereafter and (if demand proves popular) additional sessions per month may be added at a later date.
 
Regular events and activities
in addition to those listed above
 
Blackburn Central Library (01254) 661221
  • Mon, 2 - 4 pm, IT drop in
  • Tue, 10.15 - 11.45 am, Tuesday Reading Group
  • Wed, 10 am - 12 pm, IT drop in
  • Wed, 1.30 - 3 pm, IT course - see programme below 
Darwen Library (01254) 706021
  • Mon, 10 am - 12 pm, Darwen Library Crafters
  • Mon, 5.45 - 6.45 pm, Reading group (08/08 only)
  • Thu, 2 - 4 pm, IT drop in
  • Fri, 10.30 - 11 am, Story & rhyme time
  • Fri, 2 - 3.30 pm, IT course - see programme below
  • Sat, 11 - 11.30 am, Family story time, colouring & puzzles 
Cherry Tree Library (01254) 209442 
  • Mon, 2 - 3 pm, "Brew Time"
  • Tue, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, Seated Tai Chi (book via Age UK)
  • Wed, 10.30 - 11 am, Story time
  • Wed, 11 am - 12 pm, "Brew Time"
  • Wed, 2 - 3 pm, Reminiscence session "holidays" (03/08 only)
  • Thu, 10 am - 12 pm, Sew & Sow gardening group (NOT on 18/08)
  • Fri, 2 - 4 pm, Knit & Natter
  • Sat, 10 am - 12 pm, Lego club (06/08 only)  *New*
Mill Hill Library (01254) 266380
  • Tue, 2 pm, "Brew Time"
  • Wed, 11 am - 12 pm, Reading group (03/08 only)
  • Thu, 11 - 11.30 am, Story time
  • Fri, 10.30 am - 12 pm, Craft and chat
Roman Road Library (01254) 682347
  • Mon, 5 - 7 pm, Youth group
  • Wed, 12 - 2 pm, Craft group
IT courses (booking required)
  • Using the Internet: 03/08 (Blackburn), 05/08 (Darwen)
  • Google Docs: 10/08 (Blackburn), 12/08 (Darwen)
  • Mouse & Keyboard: 17/08 (Blackburn), 19/08 (Darwen)
  • Introducing the Internet: 24/08 (Blackburn), 26/08 (Darwen)
  • GMail Basics: 31/08 (Blackburn)
Book Review: 'Noah Can't Even' by Simon James Green


 
15 year old Noah Grimes' start in life has been pretty unpromising to say the least.  Abandoned by his dad who is missing, presumed dead, Noah lives with his single mum who supplements her benefits by touring a somewhat unconvincing Beyonce tribute act around the local pubs and clubs of Little Fobbing.  His nan has dementia and now lives in care, where she spends all her time plotting ever more elaborate ways to escape.  What Noah does have going for him is an exceptional level of academic ability - he's in the top set for everything - but sadly his determination to better himself seems forever doomed by his complete ineptitude at anything that could be construed as a life skill.  Whether it's a futile attempt to make tea for his secret crush using a recycled teabag that he's fished out of the bin, accidentally sitting on a banana during school assembly, or getting caught by the police making a hasty exit through an upstairs bathroom window minus his trousers, fate really has it in for Noah in a big way, and no matter how bad things seemingly are he can always make them worse.  Fortunately he's always had one true and constant friend.  Harry always seems to know what to do, but then Harry kisses him at a party, and Noah can't work out how he feels about that...

Noah Grimes would be a truly worthy addition to anyone's list of greatest comedy characters.  Think Bridget Jones crossed with Adrian Mole, and add a dash of Harold Steptoe too.  Although ostensibly 'young adult' fiction, this book can be read and enjoyed by older readers too.  Embarrassing, awkward but genuinely laugh out loud funny, this is highly recommended.

'Noah Can't Even' and its sequel 'Noah Could Never' by Simon James Green are available on BorrowBox, or to order from your local Blackburn with Darwen library.  Review by Andrew Orr.

BorrowBox Spotlight titles for August
As usual, BorrowBox are temporarily increasing the licenses on a selection of titles this month so they can all be read without anyone having to wait on a reserved list.  If your reading group fancies tackling any of the following titles, now's the time to try as you'll all be able to read them at the same time:

eAudio and eBook
  • Reputation by Lex Croucher
  • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  • Nameless by Jessie Keane
  • Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway, Children's fiction
  • The April Dead by Alan Parks
  • The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart, Young adult fiction
  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel
  • Annie Stanley, All at Sea by Sue Teddern
eAudio only
  • Exit by Belinda Bauer
  • The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
  • Seed to Dust by Marc Hamer, Non-fiction
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens



 
 
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