The second issue of the good news newspaper for Batley is here in it’s online form. Or you will soon be able to pick up a physical copy for FREE in Batley and Birstall Libraries, Batley Butterfly House and more!
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!
Batley Library is now open for Ring and Read! It’s super easy to do, just follow these instructions:
- Stay at home, do not travel to the library! Phone 01484 414868 and speak to a Customer Service Officer who will ask you for your name, library card and how many books you would like up to a maximum of six.
- Tell the CSO exactly what kind of books you would like to read. Crime? Horror? Romance? If you like, try and give the names of a couple of your favourite authors. Anything you can give to help out the staff filling in your order will be greatly appreciated and will make their job easier. Although you cannot request specific books.
- Make an appointment. At Batley these will be between 12:30 and 15:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Appointments can be booked 48 hours in advance.
- Sit back and wait! The staff at Batley Library will select books based on your given criteria. They will use your user history to tailor their selections and will try their absolute best not to give you something you have already read.
- Turn up at the side entrance on New Way. The front entrance is not currently in use, so if you go there you will be waiting for a long time! At the side entrance a member of staff will ask you to confirm your identity and will place your bag of books on a table which you can then pick up. Please note; you will not be allowed inside the building.
- Take your bag of books home, put your feet up and enjoy!
Batley Library will also have a green wheelie bin outside the side entrance during the appointment times for you to return your books to us. You do not need an appointment to return books, just show up and drop them in the bin! These will then be quarantined for 72 hours before they are put back on the shelves ready to be picked.
To help ease the lockdown boredom and to help you relax, here’s a colouring sheet based on the spring book display inside the library that you may have spotted before we closed! You can either print it off and get out your colouring pencils, or simply use the paint software that came with your computer.
We’d love to see your finished results, so send them to our Facebook, tweet us on Twitter, or email us at email@example.com and we might post them so everyone can admire your handiwork!
Magic was afoot at the library on the 10th February in a belated Harry Potter Book Night celebration. Muggles were arriving at the library only to suddenly remember they’d left the stove on, so only witches and wizards took part in the magical classes happening inside.
On arrival the children were sorted into houses by the ancient sorting ceremony and then sent on their way to learn wizardry. Wand making, Herbology, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures and a special class on owls were all on the curriculum. Fun was had and a lot was learned before it was time for a glass of Butterbeer and a chocolate frog in the
main library Great Hall.
With that, it was time to go home. The house elves cleared up all evidence of any magical goings, the anti-muggle protection spells were all removed and the library reopened the following day as if nothing had happened.
For the past few years we have been holding occasional book sales, selling off a mixture of donated books and ex-library stock to raise funds for The Friends of Batley Library. In 2019 we aim to make these sales a monthly event so we can help support the library even more!
Some things we have done with the money raised so far:
- Christmas presents for the children attending our Christmas Party.
- Our extremely popular slime workshops.
- Real life owls for the Harry Potter event!
- Prizes for ‘Design a Christmas Jumper’ competition.
Things get added to our sale all the time, so come along every month and see what’s new! Everything’s only 20p (except for the £1 Ordnance Survey maps and a selection of reference books for £1) and our next sale will be on the 15th and 16th February.
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.
Time stood still in Batley Library. The Hatter had nodded off with the Dormouse at his tea party while the March Hare was away doing ‘harey things’ in the woods. Alice was nowhere to be found, but the tea party was rudely invaded by a variety of costume festooned characters. Children and adults alike were encouraged, nay forced, to chemically conjugate a cup of green tea for the Hatter to bring him round from his sleep for the quest to begin. The Hatter was woken not once, not twice, not even thrice, but fourice times from his slumber by groups of potential escapees, all of whom had entered the library with the sole intention of getting back out as quickly as their powers of riddle and puzzle solving would allow them. ‘NO ROOM! MOVE!’ cried the Hatter, and the game began.
‘SPARKLE!’ Shouted the Hatter and many did, though sadly, not all. With a forty-minute time limit to solve the six Wonderland challenges, time was short and so was the Hatter’s temper. A quest began to find number, word and directional lock combinations, collecting red rose clues as they went. The groups encountered the invisible and the visibly reversed.“Curiouser and curiouser,” a trick of the looking glass, nothing was as it first seemed. With time and the groups’ credibility running out like an hourglass with an enema, the pressure was palpable. Beads of sweat were forming on the Hatter’s forehead as the obvious was ignored in favour of the unfathomably wrong!With the mercury streaming through his grey matter, the Hatter was relieved and a little saddened by the ultimate success of every group, with the fastest group coming in two minutes under time and the slowest group coming in 25 seconds under time. No one was ultimately locked in the Library for the rest of Halloween, and all participants had a lovely tea party of their own in the basement with tea, beverages, jam sandwiches, an assortment of fancy cakes and jam tarts.
‘BRING ON THE NEXT CANDIDATES. I WANT MORE!’ exclaimed the Hatter. And he’ll get more on Saturday 15th December! Check out Ticketsource for details on tickets!
The Harry Potter night organised by The Friends of Batley library on the 23rd October was a great success. Over 50 children & adults attended the event in fancy dress. It started with a sorting ceremony where the children were put in to Hogwarts houses then everyone took part in various activities including a potions class, crafts and meeting real owls. The library had it’s own version of Diagon alley where you could visit Gringotts Bank, Ollivanders and Flourish & Blotts.
This summer we have been encouraging children to take part in the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge. This year the theme was ‘Animal Agents’ and to celebrate we hosted a selection of our furry friends at the library!
There is still time to get involved before the summer holidays end, so if you’d like to take part all you need to do is return two books to the library and ask to join the Summer Reading Challenge. Finish six books and you will win a medal and a certificate!