Friday, 26 February 2016

Lights, Camera, Action! Books into Film

In celebration of the BAFTAs and the Oscars 2016, we have a display of books that have been made into film for you to browse and borrow.

Among the titles in this category are The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishigaro, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and the classic American Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, published in 1960.  

The film of the book starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a white liberal lawyer who stands up to bigotry and insists that a black man should be treated as an equal citizen under the law, fighting the racism that was prevalent in the Deep South of America at that time. Harper Lee, who didn't write another novel after To Kill A Mockingbird, died at the weekend, aged 89.

Friday, 19 February 2016

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Children and young people aged four to 18 years are being challenged to make their own picture book on and around World Book Day with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2016.  The competition is running until Friday 22nd April and the winners will be announced in June 2016.

Author and illustrator Mick Inkpen (creator of Kipper) will select the winning entries across three Categories:

Young Creators (ages four to six years); Primary (ages seven years plus) and Secondary (ages 11 years plus).   

One overall winner will be chosen.  Picture books entered for the award can be made by individuals and groups and any media can be used. Each picture book can be up to 24 A4 pages.

Each winner will receive 50 printed copies of their picture book; the winning picture books will be posted online at and the overall winner will be shared by The Guardian children’s books’ website. Prizes will also include a selection of picture books or fiction titles for your school or library, and a free author / illustrator visit for the winner.

Visit for further tips, guidelines and entry details.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Junior judges needed!

Junior judges needed!Independent Bookshop 'Best of the Best' Children's Book Award are looking for five young bookworms to join the Best of the Best Children’s Book Award judging panel. All five junior judges will review and score the past 10 winners of the children's category award.

All five judges will receive £50 (€65) of National Book Tokens, plus the 10 children's books to judge. The winner of the Best of the Best Children’s Book Award will be based on the judges feedback. 10 runners up will receive a £10 (€15) National Book Token.

To enter, young bookworms will need to write a 100 to 200-word review of the best book they read in 2015. An adult will need to submit the review to by March 20th 2016 using the subject 'Best of the Best'.

Please see our Terms and conditions

Monday, 1 February 2016

Book Displays in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries

In the War Memorial Library we have a display entitled The Classics and Beyond!  This features classic novels and their prequels or sequels, such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin and Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, as well as books that were inspired by the classics.

In the Discovery Library we have Books That Make You Think featuring inspirational and moving books that will change the way you think.  For example, Wonder by R. J. Palacio and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.