Celebrate reading in Knowsley
23 September 2010
Knowsley Library Service is holding a series of events to
promote reading for all the family.
The annual autumn push is called “Around Knowsley in 80 Reads”
and it starts on October 1 with poet Craig Bradley at Kirkby
He will be passing on his enthusiasm for books to local school
children and will also present prizes to the youngsters who took
part in the Summer Reading Challenge.
Those children had to read six books over the summer holidays
and over 800 hundred young readers took part.
Craig will also announce the three favourite books selected by
local adult readers over the summer.
The library service is also launching a poetry competition to
link in with National Poetry day on Thursday October 7.
To enter, pick up a form at any Library or enter online by
clicking on www.knowsley.gov.uk and follow the links to the library
The competition closes on December 1, 2010.
The library service is also taking part in the Arts Council
funded Pages Ago campaign to promote historical writing.
Readings by historical authors are taking place in libraries
throughout the North West and there will be three in Knowsley.
Jane Eagland, the author of Wildthorn, which is set in Victorian
England, will talk about her book and answer questions in Kirkby
Library on Tuesday October 5 at 2pm.
Jane will also be talking about her latest novel, Whisper my
Name. Call Kirkby Library on 443 4290 for more information.
Pauline Hurst will talk about her book, A History of Prescot
Union Workhouse in Whiston Library on Friday October 15 at 4pm.
Call Whiston Library on 426 4757 for more information.
Merseyside journalist Ken Rogers will be at Kirkby Library on
Saturday October 9 at 11am, to talk about his book, the Lost Tribes
of Everton and Scottie Road.
The book is about the thousands of families who moved from
Liverpool’s historic inner streets to Kirkby in the 1950s and
There will be an opportunity for people to share their memories
of the time with Ken. Admission is free but by ticket only from
There will be a display of historical fiction and non-fiction in
all of Knowsley’s libraries as part of the Pages Ago campaign.
During the half term school holidays there will be activities in
Meanwhile, the regular Words and Pictures storytelling sessions
for under fives and their carers continue and there will be Reading
Groups for adults in October. Call your local library for