On Saturday 22nd December the library opened early for a few select guests for games, food, singing and fun! There was even a very special visitor who parked his reindeer outside and came in to chat with the children.
On Wednesday 1st August we celebrated the life of local historian, and Friends member, Malcolm Haigh in a special event at the library. 2018 sees the 40th anniversary of Malcolm’s book A History of Batley 1800 – 1974 and we decided that Yorkshire Day was the perfect day to celebrate. Unbeknownst to Malcolm!
With the help of the Batley Local History Group and Malcolm’s friends and family we organised a ‘This is Your Life’ event for him, where people came together to share their memories of Malcolm and what makes him so special. At the end he was presented with a painting, by local artist and Friends member Steve McGrath, a cake by Nix Catering and Cakes and, of course, a big red book!
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 Townend, 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!
On 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.
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.
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:
- Enjoy themselves
- 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.