“Banned Books Week UK
Banned Books Week UK is a nationwide campaign for radical readers and rebellious readers of all ages to celebrate the freedom to read - and you'll be surprised at what is included. Harry Potter? To kill a mockingbird? Captain Underpants? Find out why these, and many other, books have been challenged:
National Poetry Day - over to you!
It's just one month to National Poetry Day on 3rd October. This year marks our 25th anniversary and the celebrations will be more jubilant than ever. Discover what's happening around you, and get on board by using a poem as a reason to gather old friends - and discover new ones.
Upload a poem about a truth that matters to you, for National Poetry Day’s #SpeakYourTruthPoem competition.
The prize is £500 and a day at London’s YouTube Space where you’ll pick up essential insider tips on reaching audiences from online poetry sensation Savannah Brown. YouTube’s technical experts will help you film your winning entry in a state-of-the-art studio.
The competition runs from September 5th 2019 to October 3rd 2019, National Poetry Day, and is open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Find out more at nationalpoetryday.co.uk
The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 is out now. This collection of poems in the running for the Forward Prizes is the year's essential poetry anthology, offering an overview of the current poetry scene and introductions to the most exciting new poets. If contemporary poetry had a one-stop shop, this would be it.
A new #poetry podcast
Your National Poetry Day highlights
'Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.'
National Poetry Day is grateful to our supporters ALCS, Gardners Books and Browns Books for Students.
Lee Child’s Night School named UK’s most borrowed library book
According to Bookseller, figures released from UK public libraries, compiled using Public Lending Right (PLR) data, showed the Jack Reacher thriller was most popular. In all, 101,636 loans of the book were made, well above the 71,000 recorded by the previous year’s most borrowed novel, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Transworld). Child was followed by John Grisham’s The Whistler (Hodder), with both writers appearing twice in the top 10. Continuing the trend for thrillers, Michael Connelly had two books in the top five, with The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Orion) at number three and The Late Show (Orion) at number five.
A prequel set back in 1996 — Reacher is still in the army, age 35, and he’s moved to an emergency task force because the intelligence services in Europe have plucked a menacing phrase from the air: "The American wants a hundred million dollars." For what?
With Frances Neagley, his trusted sergeant and trusty sidekick, by his side — what problem can't be resolved?
Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.
Culture, Creativity and Inspiration at Gillingham Library. An exciting range of activities are lined up for the next few months as part of the Libraries as Cultural Hubs project. From authors to storytellers, creative crafts to Fun Palaces there's something for everyone..
Space Chase has blasted off!
The Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing in all our libraries. This national reading challenge helps children keep reading over the summer and discover the joy of reading for pleasure.
So far 4180 budding astronauts have joined the Challenge and some have already completed.
There's still plenty of time to take part. It's free to sign up, just pop to your local library with your library card. Once you've read your 6 books, you'll get a medal.
The Summer Reading Challenge website has games, activities and competitions with some great prizes to be won. There are loads of activities taking place in libraries throughout the summer.
We support volunteering opportunities for young people. If you're aged 14 - 25, you could be just the person we're looking for. You'll help children join the Challenge, talk to them about their reading, give out rewards and medals and help with library events and activities.
Great for your CV and an opportunity to develop skills for life - what are you waiting for? Its easy to apply online
With 10 hours volunteering under your belt you can apply for the the Dorset Award
Free holiday reads If you struggle to travel light, then why not borrow eBooks or Emagazines for your tablet or Kindle Fire.
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Our Library Manager came across this charming little rhyme and would like to share it with you all
There’s a place you can go to where….
you can consult the wisest people
you can listen to the dead speak
you can keep up to date with current trends
and you can learn to fix your dripping tap
you can pop in for a minute or stay as long as you like
you can connect with everyone in your community without meeting them
you can ask questions about any topic in the world and get them answered
you can find people like you
you can browse, dream, relax, learn, chat, study or just sit
no-one will ever ask what you are doing there
it’s open every day and easy to get to
and it’s all free
it’s called the public library
Apparently this rhyme is a joint effort by Rachel Van Riel and her team at Opening the Book, a library design company
We are running a competition during the Summer Reading Challenge
All you have to do is name the Planets in their correct order from nearest the Sun outwards and suggest a name for our NEW PLANET currently on show in the Honesty Library
Collect your answer sheet from one of our volunteers at the Library and return it before 1st September
One lucky entrant will be chosen by our Library Manager to receive a book token
Sumer is icumen in
As we bask in the UK's hottest summer on record, the best place to be is in the shade with a book of poetry. We are delighted to share our new recommended reading lists: the best new poetry, great poetry books for book groups, the best poetry for children, plus a scorching set of recommendations for YA readers. Most of the books are available now, the rest you can pre-order to enjoy on National Poetry Day, 3rd October
Head to our website for Truth poems, tips on things to do and summer poetry events and don't forget that our blog is also full of interesting articles, should you need more summer-time reading. And if you are planning a special celebration for National Poetry Day be sure to add it to our map. Happy holidays!
Win your holiday reading from National Poetry Day
To be in with a chance of winning this set of brilliant new poetry books simply tell us why you'll be reading poetry on holiday. The best answer wins!
Closing date: 2nd August
Poetry competitions for children and young people
Creative Critics is now open. 16-19 year olds are asked to write a poem of their own in response to one of the Forward Prizes shortlisted poems, along with a short commentary explaining how the poem influenced them. Prizes include tickets to the Forward Prize ceremony at the South Bank, the poetry event of the year. Find more information on the English and Media Centre website.
National Poetry Day is a Forward Arts Foundation initiative
The Forward Arts Foundation is a charity that enables all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. We champion excellence in poetry and grow audiences through National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry and annual Forward books. If you love poetry, show it by supporting us here.
Our Registered Charity Number is 1037939
Summer Reading Challenge 2019
Space Chase - 6 July to 7 September 2019
Get ready for an out of this world adventure at your local library this summer!
We’re excited to introduce you to Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019!
This year's Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase; a space themed adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children taking part in the Challenge will help our super space family, The Rockets, as they track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!
As children read library books, they will collect special stickers for their colourful collector's folder. Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork from top children's illustrator, Adam Stower, and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!
Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge
Taking part in the Challenge is simple – when your summer holidays start, you can sign up for free at your local library.
You’ll receive your very own Space Chase mission folder to get you started.
Read six library books (or more!) over the holidays to collect special stickers to add to your folder.
Collect all the stickers to find the aliens, save the missing books and complete the Challenge.
Grab your space suit and take a giant leap into the library this summer!
Check out the following web sites for more information or pop in to Stalbridge Library where one of our team will be happy to help.
The Honesty Library section within Stalbridge library is run by the Friends of Stalbridge Library
The Honesty Library holds lots of fiction and non-fiction books by famous authors. These books have been generously donated by local people.
These books can be taken out on loan by first selecting your book or books, then writing your name, library card number and the date you have taken out the book(s) in the folder provided within the Honesty Library.
The book(s) can be read at your leisure as there is no "book return by date"
Come along and take a look, you will be surprised at both the number and variety of books on offer
Are you a budding new writer? And on a low income? You may be interested in The Free Reads scheme offered through Dorset Library Service. The scheme gives new writers on a low income the opportunity for some constructive critical feedback on their work. For more information see the website:
And The Literacy Consultancy website: