Pippi Longstocking is 75!

First published in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is the creation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. A passionate story teller - Astrid Lindgren first created Pippi for her daughter Karin. These treasured bedtime stories were first written down after a broken leg left her bed-ridden and bored, from this boredom the story was written down and illustrated… Continue reading Pippi Longstocking is 75!

Bumps and Babies

To help support mums-to-be, expectant parents and grandparents we have put together a list of helpful and informative titles to help navigate you through the exhilarating, overwhelming and daunting journey of birth and beyond.   The 16 titles on offer cover a variety of relevant topics from the traditional week-by-week guides to self-care, diet, health and a good dose of… Continue reading Bumps and Babies

2020 Pride Month

Every year, during the month of June, Pride month is celebrated with various events across the world. Normally it's a month of parades, street parties, talks, festivals and educational sessions, and whilst this year will be slightly different - it won't stop the celebrations!This year might be different, but it doesn't mean we can't celebrate!… Continue reading 2020 Pride Month

VE Day – 75 years!

Friday 8 May marks 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day as it's better known. The Second World War was finally over as the (slightly modified) act of military surrender was signed on 8 May 1945 in Berlin. As many others, there had been plans to commemorate this day with street parties, talks… Continue reading VE Day – 75 years!

Jhalak Prize 2020

First awarded in March 2017, the Jhalak Prize, seeks to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers.  The prize is unique in that it accepts entries published in the UK by writers of colour. These include (and not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, poetry, children’s books, Young Adult, teen and all other… Continue reading Jhalak Prize 2020

World Book Night 2020

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year. Up and down the country, everyone from libraries, local businesses, health organisations and many more celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles… Continue reading World Book Night 2020

National Storytelling Week 2020

Join in with National Storytelling Week from 1 February until 8 February and celebrate the tradition that is storytelling!You can be as creative as you like – take part in storytelling activities, make up stories, read stories from books or even act them out. Make sure to join us for some great storytelling activities: Storytime Sessions Storytime… Continue reading National Storytelling Week 2020

LGBT+ Collection 2020 edition

In 2019, to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, we launched our collection of LGBT+ books, these were 33 carefully chosen titles and contained both classic and modern books. The aim of this collection has been to showcase some of the wonderful books featuring LGBT+ characters and themes. The collection is for everyone; whether you want to… Continue reading LGBT+ Collection 2020 edition

Digital Readers – January book

The book our online reading group will be reading (or listening to) and discussing in January has been decided on through a vote in the group. The results are in and the January book is… The spy of Venice / Benet Brandreth. When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford… Continue reading Digital Readers – January book