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Month: September 2016

Let’s Make a Fantasy World – October Half Term Writing Workshop

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!

The Memory Lane Café Launch Event

The Memory Lane Café Launch Event

img_9216Tuesday 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!

Upcoming Sessions

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.

Batley Festival 2016

Batley Festival 2016

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.