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!
Friday 10th February saw our ‘Love Batley’ Event featuring a short film made by Simon Roadnight, Chair of the Friends of Batley Library Committee, where local residents extol the virtues of our town. The film is now available, in full, on Youtube.
The film was preceded by a talk from local military historian John Rumsby about two lovers during World War One, based on their old letters he found in an attic in Huddersfield. John told the story of Henry Coulter, a young tramways clerk who enlisted in 1915, and his lover Lucy Townend. As we discovered, their letters gave no real insight into the war or other military details, but they did give us a look into the hopes and dreams of two young people during this period.
If you have any ideas for events that the library could host, or talks you think we might be interested in, feel free to contact us with your suggestions, we would be interested to hear them!
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.
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!
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.