Library news

November 2019

The Great North West Read 2019

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick has been chosen as the Great North West Read 2019. The story tells of volunteer librarian Martha Storm, who finds a mysterious book of fairy tales with a surprising dedication that stirs up family secrets and sparks her own emotional journey of discovery. The Great North West Read transforms the North West into one massive, interactive book club. Now in its second year, the GNWR's goal is to be the North West’s largest community read, through online and in-person book discussions.

In November Phaedra will be visiting some North West libraries to read from her book, sign copies, answer questions and share stories about her journey to becoming a best-selling author. Blackburn library readers can get involved on social media by following @timetoreadNW on twitter or by using the hashtag #GNWR. The Library of Lost and Found will be available to borrow from over 300 libraries in the North West, or to download as an eBook or eAudio from BorrowBox. It's also available to buy as a book, audio book and eBook from independent bookstores, Waterstones, Amazon, Kobo, Apple, and WHSmith.

'Buzzing' a new initiative for carers in Blackburn with Darwen

If you care for an elderly, sick or disabled relative and need some 'me' time, or else you're looking for a regular activity that you want to share with them, how about learning about bee keeping at Cherry Tree Library? At a regular programme of events throughout the winter period you can: learn about the art of bee keeping, and the range of products that we need bees to produce, enjoy walks and visits to a variety of venues around the borough and take part in art and craft events and plant flowers to encourage the bees to thrive. Sessions will take place for two groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am - 12 pm.

The first meetings are on 12th and 14th November. Advance booking is essential. Contact andrew.orr@blackburn.gov.uk or phone (01254) 587941 in the first instance. The Buzzing Project receives funding from Our Community, Our Future, Blackburn with Darwen's social integration programme. This is a three year programme which brings together a wide range of local partners working together to strengthen relationships between people from different backgrounds, to help the borough become a place where diversity is valued and where people's faith and cultures are understood and respected.

Extra copies of books available on Borrowbox

Our partners at BorrowBox are always looking for ways to improve their service. As a result we will shortly be able to offer greatly improved access to the following eBook and eAudio titles. For a limited period, up to 500 copies of each title below will be available to download- so you won’t have to wait for someone to return a copy before you can read or listen to it!

Hurry though- because the extra copies are only around for a limited time!

You can access BorrowBox through the Blackburn with Darwen Libraries website through the green link button at the bottom of the newsletter or simply download the free BorrowBox app.

Selections due to go live on Friday 25th October:

Ambrose Parry ‘The Way of All Flesh’, e-Book

  • Ambrose Parry ‘The Way of All Flesh’, e-Audio
  • Ayisha Malik ‘Sophia Khan is Not Obliged’, e-Book
  • Ayisha Malik ‘Sophia Khan is Not Obliged’, e-Audio
  • Liz Pichon ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’, e-Audio

Selections due to go live Friday 22nd November:

  • Patricia Cornwell ‘Post-mortem’, e-Audio
  • Amy Liptrot ‘The Outrun’, e-Book
  • Amy Liptrot ‘The Outrun’, e-Audio
  • Harry Hill ‘Matt Millz Book 1’, e-Audio

Upcoming Events

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop: Thursday 21st November 2 - 3.30 pm

Come along to our free workshop at Blackburn Library where you can learn traditional Arabic calligraphy techniques using bamboo and hand-mixed ink. Learn how Razwan Ul-Haq has fused traditional methods with modern Art to celebrate the North of England through Arabic Calligraphy.

Razwan Ul-Haq is an Artist and Author, blending English poetry and Arabic Calligraphy. He is a widely exhibited Artist whose work has been displayed in galleries and museums. His commissions include Land Art for the inaugural Tour de France of Britain, and to celebrate the birthday of the Queen. All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sketchbook! Please note that places are strictly limited, so advance booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment on the day. Free tickets will be available from the library. For further details, please contact Blackburn Library on 01254 661221 or email library@blackburn.gov.uk

New Digital Health Hub at Blackburn Library

Weekdays in November – December

We have ongoing weekly health events running throughout November- December in The Curve which provides technical support for long-standing conditions.

If you would like to promote any healthy apps, technologies or lifestyle training, or would like further details of any health hub events, please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh on 01254 269296 or email emma.hesketh@blackburn.gov.uk

  • Mondays 10.30 am - 12.30 pm: Health Monitoring
  • Tuesdays 10.30 am - 12.30 pm: App Attack
  • Wednesdays 10 am - 12.30 pm: My GP app
  • Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm: Health Monitoring with Minds Matter
  • Thursdays 12 pm: Walking Group
  • Fridays 10 am - 12 pm: Henna Art (now fully booked!)

Reminiscence Café at Darwen Library

Monday 4th November 1 - 3 pm

Darwen library will be running a Reminiscence Café on the 4th November. Everyone is welcome to come and join us in the library for tea, coffee, biscuits and chats on the best of times gone by. We will have lots of memorabilia to share and feel free to bring some of your own!

For further details, please contact Darwen Library on 01254 706021 or email darwen.library@blackburn.gov.uk

Reminiscence Café at Cherry Tree Library

Tuesday 5th November 2 - 4 pm

Cherry Tree library will be running a Reminiscence Café on the 5th November with the theme of visiting the seaside as a child. Please bring along your own childhood photographs at the seaside for a fun reminiscence session.

For further details, please contact Cherry Tree Library on 01254 209442 or email livesey.library@gmail.com

Sew & Sow

Tuesdays in November 10 am - 12 pm

Come along for a chat and a coffee, make new friends whilst learning new skills. We welcome everyone! If you’re free on Tuesday 10 am - 12 pm come along and join us at Cherry Tree Library and Mill Hill Community Centre for fun craft activities. Please call 01254 587941 for more information.

  • 5th November: Making Bird Boxes at Cherry Tree Library
  • 12th November: Sewing with Pauline & making Xmas decorations at Mill Hill Community Centre
  • 19th November: Wood working, making planters & Clay Xmas decorations at Cherry Tree Library
  • 26th November: Origami paper folding at Mill Hill Community Centre

Two Halves of the Same Coin

Monday 11th November 12pm

'Two Halves of the Same Coin' is the title of the art installation which will be displayed in the entrance of Blackburn Library during November. This poignant art work has been created with 20 volunteers from Westbury Gardens Church Centre and 10 - 15 people from the Veterans Art Group under the auspices of Gordon Mellody (Community Artist).

Councillor Shorrock, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will officially open the exhibition at 12 pm on Monday 11th November.

For further details, please contact Blackburn Library on 01254 661221 or email library@blackburn.gov.uk

Chatterbooks at Darwen Library

Wednesday 13th November 3.45pm - 4.45pm

Darwen library run a fun Chatterbooks session every month, and the group has chosen November’s theme as Space. If you’re aged 8 - 11 then come and join us for chat, crafts, puzzles, and quizzes! We talk about the books you want to read! For further details, please contact Darwen Library on 01254 706021 or email darwen.library@blackburn.gov.uk

St Bede's Artwork at Cherry Tree Library

Wednesday 13th - Wednesday 27th November

Visit Cherry Tree Library this November to see the amazing artwork St Bede’s R.C. High School have created! The pieces will be available to view from Wednesday the 13th November until Wednesday 27th November.

For more information, please contact 01254 209442 or email livesey.library@gmail.com

Seasonal storytelling at Blackburn Library

Saturday 23rd November, 12 - 1.35 pm

It may only be November, but 'you know what' is just around the corner, and to help get you in the mood, professional story teller Sue Allonby will be in Blackburn Library on Saturday 23rd telling stories between 12 and 1.35 pm! There's no need to book, simply drop in to the library to listen to some of her fantastic stories. There will be three sessions altogether at:

12 - 12.25 pm, 12.35 - 1pm, and 1.10 - 1.35 pm

Then why not make a day of it with a spot of Christmas shopping in the town centre, followed by the switch on of the Christmas Lights!

Lantern Making Workshops

Saturdays 30th November and 7th December, 10 am - 1 pm

Come along to Blackburn Library and work with a professional lantern artist from The Blackburn Festival of Light team to create a beautiful paper and willow lantern for the Blackburn Festival of Light Lantern Parade on Saturday 14th December.

Make an individual lantern to take home after the parade. You will need to finish the lantern in this session so arrival before 10.30 am is recommended.

This activity is suitable for adults, and children aged 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It is not compulsory to come with a child! This is a messy activity, so please wear suitable clothing. Lanterns will be stored at The Bureau until the parade so you won’t need to transport a wet lantern home.

Suggested donation £3

There is no need to book, but to secure a place you can pre-register.
For more information, please contact The Bureau on 07845 964802 or email info@bureaublackburn.co.uk

Friends of Blackburn Museum Meeting

Thursday 14th November 2 pm

The annual general meeting for the friends of Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery will take place on the 14th November at 2 pm, after which Rebecca Johnson will talk about the Museum and its development. The meeting is free to members. For more information, please contact 01254 667130 or email enquiries@fobmag.org.uk

Subscriptions cost:

  • Individual membership £10.00
  • Full-time students £2.00
  • Guest fee per meeting £2.00

Carers' Rights Day 2019

Thursday 21st November 9.30am - 12.30 pm

Carers’ Rights Day brings organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out about the help and support they are entitled to. The event will take place at Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service, Kingsway.

For further details, please contact Blackburn with Darwen Carers service on 01254 688440 or email office@bwdcarers.org.uk

A Christmas Carol

Thursday 28th November 2019- 7.30pm start

Dickens’ mystical Christmas fable brought to life at Darwen Library theatre– a perfect Christmas treat! Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson, veteran of many smash hit solo works such as Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm and Shylock, now brings us Dickens’ classic festive fable. Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim et al in an enchanting, performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. Guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit – in many more ways than one!

Tickets: from £13 / £11 Concessions & Groups 10+

Available from: King George’s Hall, 01254 706006 or www.darwenlibrarytheatre.com

Recent News

MP Kate Hollern at Blackburn Library

Blackburn MP Kate Hollern dropped in to Blackburn Library on 11th October to read to the Reception classes from St Silas’ CE Primary School in celebration of Libraries Week and Booktrust’s Time to Read campaign. Wordsworth the library mascot also made a special appearance to welcome the children! Time to Read is a national campaign, which sees the Booktrust gift a free book to every Reception class child in the country during the autumn term. The children had a great time listening to stories and learning about the library, and can’t wait to return.

Calendar of events

A = Adults, C = Children's, EY = Early Years, P = Partners

Library calendar of events
Key Event Title Day of the Week Date Start & finish times Location Ticket Price Booking required Y/N
A Henna art Fri 01.11.19 10 am -12 pm Blackburn lIbrary N/A Y
A Knit & Natter Fri 01.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 02.11.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 04.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 04.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Health monitoring Mon 04.11.19 10.30 am -12.30 pm Blackburn N/A N
A Reminiscence session Mon 04.11.19 1 - 3 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 04.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 04.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Mon 04.11.19 6 - 7 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 05.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 05.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Cherry Tree Library £2.00 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 05.11.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A App Attack Tues 05.11.19 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A/ N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 05.11.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4.00 N
EY Story time Tue 05.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Reminiscence session Tue 05.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 05.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 05.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A My GP Wed 06.11.19 10 am -12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
EY Story time Wed 06.11.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 06.11.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 06.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Wed 06.11.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
A IT course: Google Docs Wed 06.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
A Books @ the Pub Wed 06.11.19 6 - 7.30 pm The Postal Order, Blackburn N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Thu 07.11.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A IT course: Google Docs Thu 07.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
EY Story time Thu 07.11.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 07.11.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A Reminiscence session Fri 08.11.19 9.45 - 11.45 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A Henna art Fri 08.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
A Knit & Natter Fri 08.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 09.11.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 11.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 11.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Health monitoring Mon 11.11.19 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Two Halves of the Same Coin exhibition launch Mon 11.11.19 12pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 11.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 11.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Reading Group Mon 11.11.19 5.45 - 6.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 12.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 12.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Mill Hill Library £2.00 N
A Buzzing project Tue 12.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A Y
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 12.11.19 10.15 am - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A App Attack Tue 12.11.19 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 12.11.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4.00 N
EY Story time Tue 12.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 12.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 12.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A My GP Wed 13.11.19 10 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
EY Story time Wed 13.11.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 13.11.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 13.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Wed 13.11.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT course: Mouse & Keyboard Skills Wed 13.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
C Chatterbooks Wed 13.11.19 3.45 - 4.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Thu 14.11.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A IT course: Mouse & Keyboard Skills Thu 14.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
A Buzzing project Thu 14.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A Y
EY Story time Thu 14.11.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 14.11.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A Friends of Blackburn Museum Meeting Thu 14.11.19 2 pm Blackburn Museum £2 N
A Reminiscence Session Fri 15.11.19 9.45 - 11.45 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A Knit & Natter Fri 15.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 16.11.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Sat 16.11.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Darwen Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 18.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 18.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Health monitoring Mon 18.11.19 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 18.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 18.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Cherry Tree Reading Group Mon 18.11.19 7 - 8 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 19.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 19.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Cherry Tree Library £2.00 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 19.11.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A App Attack Tue 19.11.19 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn N/A N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 19.11.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4.00 N
EY Story time Tue 19.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 19.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 19.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A My GP Wed 20.11.19 10 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
EY Story time Wed 20.11.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 20.11.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 20.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Wed 20.11.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT course: Introducing the Internet Wed 20.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
A Councillor's surgery Thu 21.11.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A Carer's Rights Day Thu 21.11.19 9.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn with Darwen Carers, Kingsway N/A N
A IT course: Introducing the Internet Thu 21.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
EY Story time Thu 21.11.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 21.11.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A Arabic Calligraphy workshop Thu 21.11.19 2 - 3.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
A Reminiscence Session Fri 22.11.19 9.45 - 11.45 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A Knit & Natter Fri 22.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 23.11.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
C Christmas story telling Sat 23.11.19 12 - 12.25 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
C Christmas story telling Sat 23.11.19 12.35 - 1 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
C Christmas story telling Sat 23.11.19 1.10 - 1.35 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 25.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 25.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Health monitoring Mon 25.11.19 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 25.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Mon 25.11.19 2 - 4 pm Roman Rd Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 26.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 26.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Mill Hill Library £2.00 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 26.11.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A App Attack Tue 26.11.19 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A/ N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 26.11.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4.00 N
EY Story time Tue 26.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 26.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 26.11.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A My GP Wed 27.11.19 10 am - 12.30 pm Blackburn N/A N
EY Story time Wed 27.11.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 27.11.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 27.11.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A IT drop in Wed 27.11.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A IT course: Gmail Basics Wed 27.11.19 2 - 4 pm Darwen Library N/A Y
A Councillor's surgery Thu 28.11.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A IT course: Gmail Basics Thu 28.11.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A Y
EY Story time Thu 28.11.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 28.11.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A A Christmas Carol Thu 28.11.19 7.30 pm Darwen Library Theatre £13 Y
A Reminiscence session Fri 29.11.19 9.45 - 11.45 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A Knit & Natter Fri 29.11.19 2 - 4 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Lantern making workshop Sat 30.11.19 10 am - 1 pm Blackburn Library £3* N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 30.11.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N

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