In celebration of National Libraries Day on Saturday 4th February, library users have arranged a programme of events around the county to celebrate our libraries and their value to our local communities:
Bishops Cleeve: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Russell James at 10:30
Brockworth: Brockworth community project will be hosting story-telling, song, and craft activities with free refreshments, plus a ‘Flying Author’ visit from novelist and poet Gill Wyatt at 10:00
Charlton Kings: ‘Flying Author’ visit from children’s author Claire Harrison at 11:00. Claire is the author of ‘Coming Home – Peggylicious and The Do Good Dog Clan’, the first in a series of children’s picture books which follow the deeds of Peggy, a black cocker spaniel who forms The Do Good Dog Clan with her best friend Archie, a Tibetan Terrier, to solve crimes and help children in trouble. At each library she visits Claire will be reading ‘Coming Home’ accompanied by the book’s heroine Peggy, and handing out goodie bags.
Cheltenham: ‘Flying Author’ visits from Russell James at 11:30 and Claire Harrison at 12:15
Chipping Campden: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers at 11:45. Chloë’s storytelling was a hit with library users of all ages at last year’s event. In 2012 she returns as Agent Green Dragon Whisperer to reveal the secrets of DCHQ (Dragon Conservation Headquarters).
Cinderford: ‘Flying Author’ visit from local poet and community arts practitioner Roger Drury at 11:00
Cirencester: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Cindy Jefferies at 12:30. Last year Cindy emerged victorious from the Flying Author challenge by visiting the most number of libraries, entertaining library users along the way with readings and craft activities. Cindy is the author of the popular ‘Fame School‘ and ‘Heart‘ series of children’s books, and will be joined on this year’s visits by Seb Goffe, co-author of the ‘Stadium School’ series.
Coleford: ‘Flying Author’ visit from local poet and community arts practitioner Roger Drury at 10:00
Dursley: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Caroline Sanderson at 10:45. Caroline is the author of ‘Kiss Chase and Conkers: The Games We Played’, a book on traditional children’s games (readings will involve lots of fun audience participation!). She will also be discussing her current project, ‘Someone Like Adele’, a biography of the Grammy-award winning singer due to be published in March. Caroline’s visit will be followed by the appearance of another ‘Flying Author’, Teresa Thornhill at 3:00. Teresa is the author of several books on the people and societies of the Middle East.
Gloucester: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Roger Jones at 10:00
Hesters Way: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Claire Harrison at 1:30
Hucclecote: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Eugenie Summerfield at 10:00. Eugenie’s long literary career started as a writer for children’s radio, and she has since published numerous popular children’s stories including ‘Wonderful Wriggly Worm’. Eugenie has recently branched out into adult fiction, with the publication of her first novel ‘Onwards and Upwards’.
Lechlade: ‘Flying Author’ visit from John Dougherty at 12:00. John is the author of a range of children’s books, including the ‘Jack Slater Monster Investigator’ and ‘Zeus’ series. Last year John finished a close second in the Flying Author challenge after delighting library users across the county with poems, stories and song – this year he’s back for more!
Matson: Elmer the Elephant and You! Stories and crafts for children of all ages between 11:00-12 noon.
Minchinhampton: ‘Flying Author’ visits from Cindy Jefferies and Seb Goffe at 10:15, and John Dougherty at 10:45
Mitcheldean: ‘Flying Author’ visit from local poet and community arts practitioner Roger Drury at 12:00
Moreton: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers aka Agent Green Dragon Whisperer at 1:15
Nailsworth: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Cindy Jefferies and Seb Goffe at 9:30
Prestbury: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Claire Harrison at 10:00
Stonehouse: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Caroline Sanderson at 11:45
Stroud: ‘Flying Author’ visits from John Dougherty at 9:45, Caroline Sanderson at 12:45, and Teresa Thornhill at 1:30
Stow-on-the-Wold: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers aka Agent Green Dragon Whisperer at 2:15
Tetbury: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Cindy Jefferies and Seb Goffe at 11:30
Tuffley: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Roger Jones, and Charlie Marwick, a wonderful story teller. Between 11-12 noon. Colouring sheets and craft activities, fun for all ages.
Up Hatherley: ‘Flying Author’ visit from poet and dramatist Pauline Travers at 2:30
Winchcombe: ‘Flying Author’ visits from Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers aka Agent Green Dragon Whisperer at 10:15, and Cotswolds walking writer and novelist Gordon Ottewell at 11:00.
Wotton: ‘Flying Author’ visit from Caroline Sanderson at 9:45
Please note that these are the events we know about at the moment. There may be others taking place so please check at your local library. Event timings may be subject to change so please check back to the site or in your local library close to the day.
All of these events have been arranged voluntarily by library users. If nothing is happening at your local library why not arrange something yourself? It doesn’t have to be a big grand event or even an author visit – the point of the day is to celebrate the role of our local libraries in our communities so use your imagination! There are some ideas at http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/get-involved/suggestions-for-library-users/