EBacc-wards

This is my personal opinion-not that of LeedsBookClub. Sometimes you just need to get a rant off your chest! In a world where a one in five adults cannot find a plumber in a phone book, teaching the elite to remember is not the way to raise standards. The proposed reforms to the Key Stage … Continue reading EBacc-wards

Happy International Literacy Day

Happy International Literacy Day Since 1965, the 8th of September has been celebrated to promote literacy internationally.    The theme for 2012 is Cultivating Peace.   What is literacy? The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation defines literacy as the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials … Continue reading Happy International Literacy Day

Crime On Tour @ Leeds Central Library

I do love reading the odd spot of crime, I suppose it's one of my guilty pleasures. A day wrapped in Harry Hole's Smith and Western totin' arms is a day well spent, and for vintage thrills you can't go wrong with a Daisy Dalrymple or Agatha Christie. I recently finished my first Oscar Wilde … Continue reading Crime On Tour @ Leeds Central Library

Twilight- a gateway book

This blog is going to read heavily of my blowing my own trumpet, but it's feeling like a pretty big bloody trumpet so I wanted to blow it quite loudly, and the Internet is looking like it would appreciate some sweet trumpet based sounds today... In November, I started a reading challenge at work, which … Continue reading Twilight- a gateway book

Is Literacy a Necessity?

Today is World Book Day. Children up and down the land are dressing up as their favourite characters; the second thing down on Google is 'World Book Day Costumes' leading to visions of frantic parents recycling Shepard's costumes from the nativity whilst their Yummy Mummy counterparts order Matilda costumes for forty quid of the t'internets... … Continue reading Is Literacy a Necessity?

Library Poem – A Protest By Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson, Waterstones Children’s Laureate, has written a dedicated poem to celebrate National Libraries Day. Library Poem Everyone is welcome to walk through the door. It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. There are books in boxes and books on shelves. They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves. Come and meet … Continue reading Library Poem – A Protest By Julia Donaldson

National Libraries Day 2012!

As you might know, we at LeedsBookClub love our libraries. We passionately believe that these are an essential national resource that MUST be preserved for the future. This year National Libraries Day will be celebrated on the 4th of February. That's THIS Saturday!! How will YOU get involved? Visit the link above for some great … Continue reading National Libraries Day 2012!

Errrrrr Libraries Much?

I am fuming. Wikipedia is down. This is because they believe in freedom of information which apparently this new law in the US, which I don't know anything about, will restrict. Fair enough, I too believe in open content and lack of censorship. This isn't what is making me angry. I've just had a morning … Continue reading Errrrrr Libraries Much?

Cuts are bad, Mkay

Full disclosure; I'm middle class. Horribly middle class. And I vote. And I'm young (ish) and I have a regular, if petite, income. If I'd only do the decent thing and breed I'd be a politicians wet dream. When the campaign against library closures started late last year, I threw my energy behind it enthusiastically, … Continue reading Cuts are bad, Mkay

The Chester Beatty Library

In the heart of Dublin, situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle, a treat for all book lovers awaits.  A library, rare book collection, museum and art gallery in one; this much lauded library offers treasures from all around the world for free. (Though the signposting is a bit feeble and you need to know … Continue reading The Chester Beatty Library