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Going Wild at Batley Library.

Going Wild at Batley Library.

The Friends of Batley Library have recently invested in a bird bath, bird feeder and a bee block in the hopes of making the little garden area next to the side entrance more wildlife friendly.

Along with the planting of Alliums and wildflower seeds, we hope these additions will attract all sorts of insects and other wildlife to the garden, helping the biodiversity of the local area.

Let us know if you spot anything interesting in the garden!

Together in Batley – May 2022.

Together in Batley – May 2022.

The first issue of ‘Together in Batley’ is here! This newspaper is designed to for GOOD news and to celebrate Batley and the local people, local groups, local businesses and more.

The editorial committee is a sub-committee of the Friends of Batley Library. You can pick up a FREE paper copy in the library or at Batley Butterfly house, or read it online here!

The front cover of 'Together in Batley'. Picture shows an old railway arch with a footpath running underneath it and 'Together in Batley' printed in the top left corner. Along the bottom are smaller images advertising the content inside the magazine.

Easter Holiday Events

Easter Holiday Events

The Easter holidays are nearly upon us and there is TONS of stuff going on at Batley Library over the next fortnight. Here’s your handy day-by-day guide.

Monday 10th April

  • The calm before the storm. We’re open as normal for all the regular library activities.

Tuesday 11th April

  • Try it Tuesday – The first of our new monthly Tuesday sessions. Each session will contain something completely different, so come on down and give something new a try! Runs 1:30pm to 3:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Aimed at adults.
  • Rap with Rappaman! – Rappaman, aka Donavan Christopher, will be performing a selection of his poetry and hosting a workshop to inspire young writers to write their own poems. 2pm – 3:30pm, book tickets through the Pageturners Festival website. Suitable for ages 8+

Wednesday 12th April

  • Modern Sculptures (plaster/modroc figures) – The Creative Arts Hub will be running this all day session where children will be encouraged to build their own sculptures. 10am – 3pm, children are asked to bring a packed lunch. Book your tickets here. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

Thursday 13 April

  • Primitive Coil Pots – The Creative Arts Hub will be running this all day session where children will be encouraged to build their own coil pots. 10am – 3pm, children are asked to bring a packed lunch. Book your tickets here. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.
  • Be a Hero! With Steve Skidmore – Steve will be talking about all things heroic, be prepared to join in! 11am – noon, book tickets through the Pageturners Festival website. Suitable for ages 7-12.

Friday 14th April – Library Closed for Good Friday

Saturday 15th April

  • Code Club – our weekly session designed to encourage children to learn to code. 10:45am-11:45am. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

Monday 17th April – Library Closed for Easter Monday

Tuesday 18th April

  • The Search for Wonder – a family workshop based around music run by the 154 Collective. 10am-noon. Suitable for ages 4-10, places are limited to 15 (including any supervisory adults) so book now!

Wednesday 19th April

  • Modern Sculptures (Moore and Hepworth) – The Creative Arts Hub will be running this all day session where children will be encouraged to build their own sculptures. 10am – 3pm, children are asked to bring a packed lunch. Book your tickets here. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

Saturday 22nd April

  • Art Workshop with the Children’s Art School – join them to work together on a large scale art project, and make a mask to take home. 10am – noon, book tickets through the Pageturners Festival website. Suitable for all ages.
  • Code Club – our weekly session designed to encourage children to learn to code. 10:45am-11:45am. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.
  • Lego Club – our fortnightly Lego Club. No need to book, just show up! 2pm – 3:30pm.

 

We Love Batley – 10th February 2017

We Love Batley – 10th February 2017

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and love is in the air at Batley Library. On the 10th February we will be holding the ‘We Love Batley’ event, which will include a variety of events.

At 11am local military historian John Rumbsby will be joining us to tell us the tale of local soldier Henry Coulter and his World War One romance with Lucy TowWe Love Batley John Rumsby Eventnend, told exclusively via the letters they sent each other. The event is free and there is no need to book, just turn up!

We will also be showing a short film made by Friends of Batley Library Chairman, Simon Roadnight, starring YOU. Or, potentially you. Simon will be in the library with his camera on Thursday 26th January and Thursday 2nd February between 12:30 and 13:30 so you can tell him about what you love about Batley. It could be a story about the town, your childhood, your family, anything!

If that wasn’t enough, starting now and running beyond Valentine’s Day, we are holding a ‘Blind Date With a Book’ competition. Take out one of our mystery books home on blind date and you could be in with a chance of winning some vouchers for local businesses.  The top prize is a £20 voucher for Hometown Diner, followed by a £10 for Spices and Rices and two third prizes of £5 vouchers for Gelato Passion. You never know, you could meet your new favourite book!

Christmas Creative Activities Workshop – Sat 10th December

Christmas Creative Activities Workshop – Sat 10th December

christmas-workshop-flyerIt’s Christmas time! To celebrate, on the 10th December we are hosting our Christmas Creative Activities Workshop, a fun artistic session for children where we will be making special Christmas cards, a ‘magic hand’ Christmas tree and helping to decorate a giant parcel. The session will be held between 12:30 and 14:30 and is free! Refreshments will also be provided. Places are extremely limited though, so call the library to book on 01484 414868 or pop in to see us.

Ask Us About eBooks

Ask Us About eBooks

The eBook display at Batley LibraryOn Saturday 3rd December we are relaunching our eBook service. eBooks and eAudiobooks will be available to download from Overdrive for free. The best part is, there are no late fees as the books automatically delete themselves after they have been on your device for three weeks!

Call into the library between 3rd – 10th December with your tablet and we can get you all set up. What’s more, if you sign up to Overdrive during this week at the library, you will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Overdrive can be used on all iPads, Android tablets and Kindle Fire tablets. Sadly it is unavailable on the traditional e-readers such as the Kobo and the original Kindle.

Upcoming Booksale

Upcoming Booksale

Just some of the children's books that will be available on Friday!
Just some of the children’s books that will be available on Friday!

On the 18th November we will once again be holding a book sale at Batley Market! We will have a range of ex-library stock for 20p each, as well as some Ordinance Survey maps that we will be selling for £1. In addition to this we have a range of ‘as new’ books, that would make ideal Christmas presents that will be priced at 50p for paperback and £1 for hardback.

The stall will be open between 10am and 2pm on Friday 18th November, come and say hello!