Today is National Libraries Day Saturday February 7, 2015

PrintWe are celebrating National Libraries Day on Saturday 7 February, which is devoted to promoting libraries, library users, staff and supporters across the UK.

There will be special coffee mornings for customers at Wargrave and Lower Earley Library from 10am to 12noon.

Libraries will have information on the events and services they offer. So join in by tweeting with #NLD15 and drop into your local library and see what is on offer today.

Why not try some of our books which are all about Libraries and a love of reading….

For Adults why not try?:

9781781250051The Library Book – From Alan Bennett’s ‘Baffled at a Bookcase’, to Lucy Mangan’s ‘Ten Library Rules’, here famous writers  from Caitlin Moran, Lionel Shriver, Ann Cleeves and more…  tell us all about how libraries are used and why they’re important.


9781846591884Virginia Woolf in Manhattan by Maggie Gee – What if Virginia Woolf came back to life in the twenty-first century? Bestselling author Angela Lamb is going through a mid-life crisis. She dumps her irrepressible daughter Gerda at boarding school and flies to New York to pursue her passion for Woolf, whose manuscripts are held in a private collection.When a bedraggled Virginia Woolf herself materialises among the bookshelves and is promptly evicted, Angela, stunned, rushes after her on to the streets of Manhattan. Soon she is chaperoning her troublesome heroine as Virginia tries to understand the internet and scams bookshops with ‘rare signed editions’.   Virginia Woolf in Manhattan is a witty and profound novel about female rivalry, friendships, mothers and daughters, and the miraculous possibilities of a second chance at life.

By its Cover by Donna Leon 9780099591283When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene. The staff suspect an American researcher has stolen them, but for Brunetti something doesn’t quite add up. Taking on the case, the Commissario begins to seek information about some of the library’s regulars, such as the ex-priest Franchini, a passionate reader of ancient Christian literature, and Contessa Morosini-Albani, the library’s chief donor, and comes to the conclusion that the thief could not have acted alone.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett9781846680496When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library  she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen’s transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word.


For Children why not try?:

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler – 9780552568678Welcome to your new favourite adventure. Late one night Alice Creighton hears her father having an argument with a fairy – a snarling, bald beast with warts and needle-like teeth. It is threatening her father, insisting he accept a mysterious offer, or else. When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent away to live with distant relative Mr Geryon, owner of a huge, dark library that is off limits to Alice. After meeting a talking cat who is willing to sneak her in, Alice opens a book and suddenly finds herself inside it and the only way out is by conquering the dangerous creatures within.


How the Library (Not the Prince) saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour – 9781847804327With the wind in his hair, and blowing his hooter, along came the prince on the back of a scooter. ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel, please let down your hair!’ Called the prince from down on the bottom stair. But Rapunzel just sat – As still as a wall; She didn’t think much of the prince at all. Rapunzel sits on the 16th floor of an inner city block, bored, dreaming and looking out at the rain. No one can rouse her from her apathy, not the milkman or the postman or the baker or her aunt – or even the prince. But when at last a letter is delivered, it contains news that has Rapunzel on her feet again. She has a new job at the library! And suddenly her life is busy, sparkling, exciting and stimulating.


9781408830031Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus by A.F. Harrold –  Fizzlebert Stump lives in a travelling circus. But although he gets to hang around with acrobats and put his head in a lion’s mouth every night, he’s bored. But then Fizz decides to join a library, and life suddenly gets a lot more exciting, when a simplelibrary card application leads to him being kidnapped by a pair of crazed pensioners!


9781405053624Wolves by Emily Gravett – What if a book could come alive? Rabbit finds out after borrowing a book on wolves from the library. It’s not long before a sinister creature with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep up on Rabbit and the suspenseful book-within-a-book format plays out to surprising effect.


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