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.
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!
On Tuesday 13th September we will be holding our very first Memory Lane café, a session aimed at providing support to dementia sufferers and their carers, as well as anyone who feels that they may be suffering from memory loss and would like some information on the kind of support they could receive.
The sessions will run on the second Tuesday of every month from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at Batley Library and will include a range of refreshments and planned activities. Our launch event on the 13th will be an introduction to the group and is designed to give you a taste of the kind of activities we have planned over the coming months.