HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY
China: The Novel
Edward Rutherfurd (Goodreads Author)
The internationally bestselling author of Paris and New York takes on an exhilarating new world with his trademark epic style in China: The Novel
Edward Rutherfurd has enthralled millions of readers with his grand, sweeping historical sagas that tell the history of a famous place over multiple generations. Now, in China: The Novel, Rutherfurd takes readers into the rich and fascinating milieu of the Middle Kingdom..
Because He's Jeff Goldblum:
The Movies, Memes, and Meaning of Hollywood's Most Enigmatic Actor
Travis M. Andrews (Goodreads Author)
An irreverent yet deeply researched biography about the always offbeat, suddenly meme-able, and wildly popular actor
When did you first encounter Jeff Goldblum? Maybe as a deranged killer in his 1974 screen debut in Death Wish? Maybe as a cynical journalist in 1983s The Big Chill? Or a brilliant if egotistical scientist-turned-fly in 1986s The Fly? Perhaps as the wise-cracking skeptical mathematician in 1993s Jurassic Park? Or maybe you're not a film buff but noticed his face as part of one of the Internet's earliest memes. Who knows?
We have now received the agreement of the Town Council and we will re-open Stalbridge Community Library on Wednesday 14th April 2021.
Current Covid 19 rules will still apply. i.e. facemasks must be worn in the building and only two visitors to be admitted at a time.
Initially we will only be opening on Wednesdays from 12.00 until 2.00pm and on Saturdays from 10.00am until 12.00 midday
We will re-assess the situation in line with government guidelines prior to the 21st June and hope to be in a position to re-open fully from 21st June onwards.
Please watch out for further updates on our website our face-book page. and notices on the Library entrance
We look forward to seeing you all again and sincerely hope this will be the last of the lockdowns
Ancestry Home Access
We have just received confirmation that Proquest, who provide our access to Ancestry, are extending the home access until at least the end of June.
Information on how customers can access the service from home can be found at: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/ebooks-audiobooks-and-online-reference/ancestry-library-edition.aspx
1) Mary Shelley
Dreamt up on a dark and stormy night in Switzerland in the summer of 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often celebrated as the classic gothic horror novel. While the story, too, is largely set in Switzerland, it is in fact the city of Bath in Somerset, England where Shelley penned much of the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unorthodox experiments.
Plans for the UK’s first Frankenstein museum were approved this year, to celebrate Shelley’s life, work, and the time she spent living in the city’s Abbey Churchyard – a suitably spooky location!
2) Bram Stoker
Since it was first published in the late 19th century, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has inspired countless tales of deadly beings who feast on the blood of their victims. It was the coastal town of Whitby that provided much of the inspiration for Stoker’s classic gothic novel. In 1890, Stoker spent the summer in the town, taking in the eerie ruins of Whitby Abbey and the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline where Count Dracula first arrives in England, in the form of a large black dog. It was even in a book in Whitby’s library that Stoker found inspiration for the name for the infamous Count.
3) Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1901
Hailing from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle is known the world over as the creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick, John Watson. It was in one of his lecturers at Edinburgh University, Dr Joseph Bell, that Conan Doyle found the inspiration for his sharp-witted detective.
While Holmes and Watson faced all manner of strange mysteries, arguably their darkest adventure took them to the rugged moorlands of Dartmoor in Devon, where a monstrous supernatural hound is still said to roam.
(4) C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 1950
Belfast-born C.S. Lewis created some of the most iconic characters in British children’s literature. From the faun Mr Tumnus to the majestic King of Beasts Aslan himself, the inhabitants of the magical world of Narnia have been captured in bronze form in Belfast’s C.S. Lewis Square. The scariest of all his creations, though, is doubtlessly Jadis, the White Witch, who turns all those who dare to defy her to ice…
5) Roald Dahl
The Witches, 1983
Cardiff-born Roald Dahl’s terrifying tale The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, and their quest to defeat a coven of child-hating witches. Some of the story’s most haunting scenes take place at the grand Hotel Excelsior, where the witches gather to hatch their plans for ridding the world of all children.
In the 1990 film, The Headland Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall was used as the setting for the witches’ convention, offering a perfect backdrop for Dahl’s classic – which is still widely seen as one of the scariest children’s books ever written!
Why not check out some of the most haunted spots in the UK this autumn– or get planning for next year! And for even more inspiration, take a look at Visit Britain’s interactive map of haunted Britain.
Customer Reservation Service
From Monday 14th September the Libraries West reservation system will be available for Dorset Library Service customers.
The reservation limit will be temporarily reduced to 10 (from 20) until further notice to help manage the volume.
From 14th September previously suspended hire, overdue and reservation charges (where relevant) will start being applied.
Sharing your reading experience about a book you have read can be really interesting. It can make you think about what you liked or didn't like about the book, or what emotions you felt after reading the book. If you like to talk about books, why not join our virtual reading group which meets the last Thursday of each month. If you'd like to know more, and receive your invite simply email .
Dorset libraries to offer order and collect service from this July
Following the Government’s recent announcement, our libraries will start a phased reopening from 8 July. The initial reopening plans, focused on the safety of customers and library employees, will provide existing users with an order and collect service. People will be able to order their preferred categories of books and other items to collect at an allocated time from 22 of Dorset’s 23 libraries.
Books will be available to order online on our website from 8 July by simply completing a short form about reading preferences. For those without online access, an order can be made by phoning 01305 228400.
All Dorset Library customers can now read daily newspapers on their device with the RBDigital App.
Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly and monthly newspapers from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles.
If you already use the app to read e-magazines and e-comics, you'll see the link to newspapers in the contents list. If you haven't used it before, sign up with your library card. Find out more here
Missing your creative writing group? Join our new online group - Dorset Libraries Writing Circle, a supportive community of people who love to write, who come together to to take part in writing as a hobby or for well-being.
Each week we'll writing tips and inspiration and links to other writing resources. Discussions on any writing related topics are welcome.
We encourage members to help each other by offering advice and providing positive feedback to enable members to develop their writing skills.
This is the link to the reference sources, available to Libraries West members via the website: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/ebooks-audiobooks-and-online-reference/online-books-and-reference-sources.aspx
Each LibrariesWest authority also subscribes to a range of free online reference resources, including the Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford English Dictionary, Newsbank, Who's Who & Who Was Who, and Access to Research. Access varies by authority so please check the relevant link below for your local area.
Bath & North East Somerset
Online books and reference resources
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