October half term is almost upon us, and we will be celebrating SciFest Yorkshire with some special science fiction themed events.
First of all, get your holiday off to an artistic start with Fabric Lenny, who will be holding a family friendly, science fiction themed, art workshop at Batley Library on the 22nd October between 10am and Noon. Then, on the 28th October between 2pm and 4pm, a large scale collaborative image created by all the workshops throughout Kirklees will be projected at Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery.
Then on the 25th between 2pm and 4pm, fantasy author Alison Lock will be holding a creative writing session exclusively for 11-18 year olds based around the making of fantasy worlds.
Places are free, but limited, so either call 01484 414868 or pop into the library to book. For details of more SciFest Yorkshire events happening throughout Kirklees, visit their website.
Let’s Make a Fantasy World – October Half Term Writing Workshop
The summer holidays might only just be over, but we’re already thinking about October half term! This year, as part of SciFest Yorkshire, Batley Library is playing host to fantasy author Alison Lock, who will be running a writing workshop for young people.
The workshop will focus on the construction of fictional worlds, looking at different elements, such as languages, history, climate and culture, magic and rules, and people and customs. It will run on Tuesday 25th October from 2pm to 4pm and is open to 11-18 year olds. It is completely free, but book in advance through the library to avoid disappointment!
Tuesday saw the launch of the Memory Lane Café, our new initiative aimed at helping those who struggle with dementia or memory loss. The launch event was attended by a variety of people from the local community, including representatives of local dementia charities, dementia research groups and other mental health organisations, as well as a representative from PPG, who very kindly sponsored the Friends of Batley Library t-shirts the committee members were wearing.
The Café will run on the second Tuesday of every month, and each session will be filled with activities designed to help people remember times past. The aim is to make sure that all who attend:
Make friends, old and new
Feel comfortable at all times
The sessions will start at 13:30 with light refreshments (tea/coffee/juice/biscuits etc)
We will then share an activity together, which will vary depending on the theme of the session. Then we will have table activities, such as looking at old photos, playing games or perhaps just sharing memories.
It is hoped that as the session develops we can tailor the activities to the needs of the people who attend and of course, no one will be asked to do anything they do not feel comfortable with!
Tuesday 11th October – Fun and Games
A play day. A chance to remember life before modern technology.
Tuesday 8th November – Rich and Famous
Who’s who and what do they do?
Tuesday 13th December – Christmas Past
Bring something which reminds you of Christmas when you were younger.
It was the Batley Festival on the 10th September, so what better day to show off our new FOBL tshirts, sponsored by PPG? There were lots of events on during the day and we were joined by actor/screenwriter/local Labour Party member and prospective MP Tracy Brabin.
On Tuesday 13th September we will be holding our very first Memory Lane café, a session aimed at providing support to dementia sufferers and their carers, as well as anyone who feels that they may be suffering from memory loss and would like some information on the kind of support they could receive.
The sessions will run on the second Tuesday of every month from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at Batley Library and will include a range of refreshments and planned activities. Our launch event on the 13th will be an introduction to the group and is designed to give you a taste of the kind of activities we have planned over the coming months.