A very belated Happy New Year!

So another year is over and we firstly wanted to wish you all a very belated Happy New Year from the reader development team!

We are looking forward to a year packed with author visits, events, discovering new authors and lots of lovely reading.  But first we wanted to take the time to sit back, preferably with a nice cup of tea, and remember some of the fantastic things we have done over the last 12 months.

As many of you who follow this blog are aware, Alison, our longstanding and very experienced reader development librarian, had a beautiful baby boy, this meant that a small reader development team was formed to keep things ticking along while she was on maternity leave.  In November Alison decided that she needed a different challenge and has moved on to work in a library within a high school so the team has continued – hopefully going some way to fill her boots.

What we felt was important was to celebrate the local and the national elements of reading so we have celebrated events such as National Poetry Day, World Book Night, commemoration of anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and National Libraries Day (amongst many others); while welcoming talks and events from both local authors and ones from further afield.  Among some of the authors who we have held events with us are Michael Knaggs, Milly Johnson and  Anna Chilvers; not to mention the Audience Without Alan Bennett, plus many more. 

Our aim over the time has been to ‘enable reading choices’, so with that in mind, we set up this blog. Now everyone has a place where they can recommend their favourite reads, join in discussions about books and submit their reading related suggestions and ideas.

Our reading groups are going from strength to strength, we now facilitate 47 groups which run in libraries, community venues and homes across the borough.  We also set up our first ever ‘virtual reading group’ which is a great option for those of us who cannot find the time to commit to a regular group.  The benefit of taking part is not just encouraging us to read more, but to take us outside our comfort zone to discover new authors and new genres, not to mention sharing our love of reading with like-minded people (this is absolutely our favorite bit).  If any of you is interested in joining an existing group, or even setting up one of your own, drop us a line and we will do our utmost to help.

 Unfortunately, we don’t have time in this short update to detail all the events and activities that have taken place over the last twelve months or so. We would love your feedback so please feel free to let us know what was your favourite, we would love to hear from you.  If you would like to be among the first to hear about all of the events we will running in the coming months you can add your details to our ‘Priority Contact List’. Please send us an email requesting that your details be added (your email address and or telephone number) to: Library.reader@bury.gov.uk

Dawn (The Reader Development Team)

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