Thursday, 21 May 2015

Win £5000 for your school Library and £100 in book tokens for yourself.

National Book Tokens are running a competition and all you have to do is fill in a form to enter!  They are giving away £5000 of National Book Tokens to one lucky school. To sweeten the deal, the winner will also receive £100 of National Book Tokens!

Closing date 31st July 2015.

Click here for an entry form

Friday, 15 May 2015

The Fault in Our Stars fundraising sleepover

John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, the best-selling book about teens Hazel and Gus who
meet at a cancer support group, is calling on fans of the book to organise a fundraising sleepover on 26 June to raise £25,000 for the Teenager Cancer Trust.

A fundraising pack for the “Night of Infinities” is available to download. This includes information on how to organise the sleepover and fund-raise for it safely, plus a personal thank you letter from John for taking part, real-life stories from young cancer patients and lots of fundraising ideas.

Suggestions of ten books to read after Fault in Our Stars is available on the Guardian Children's book website.  Some of these are available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.

Man Booker International Prize 2015

The winner of the Man Booker International Prize, which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction, is due to be announced on Tuesday, 19th May.  The prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction in English or fiction that is available in English translation.

The ten finalists are:

César Aira (Argentina)
Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)
Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)
Mia Couto (Mozambique)
Amitav Ghosh (India)
Fanny Howe (United States of America)
Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)
Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)

The Guardian are hosting an afternoon of Man Booker International Prize readings this Sunday, 2.30 pm to 1 pm at the British Library.  Tickets cost £15.

The short list for the Man Booker Prize 2015 will be announced in September.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Reading Agency has launched a new Comic Art competition. 

All you have to do is write a dystopian story in 50 words or less! They will select the top five stories and each one will be brought to artistic life by their new Artist In-Residence Claude TC. That's all! You may like to use photos or videos for your brief, anything that helps you bring your dystopian story to life! The deadline is Wednesday the 27th of May 2015.

Click on the link to find out more about  Claude TC and his work.



Click on the link for details of the Competition.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Short List 2015 - Update

The Carnegie short list this year includes eight books, which are available to borrow now in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.

We also have two of the Greenaway short listed books too, namely Chris Riddell's Goth Girl and The Ghost of A Mouse and Dark Satanic Mills by Marcus and Julian Sedgwick.

The themes this year include war, sickness and adversity and the winners will be announced on 22 June.  A summary of all the books is available to read on the New Books pages of the Library Blog.

Why not read all the books on the short list and decide which one you would vote for? It would be great too if you could write a book review for the Library Blog and for display!