The display team have been busy preparing promotional material for the upcoming World Book Night 2017 (WBN) celebrations. As this annual event held on the 23rd April falls on a Sunday this year we will be celebrating with activities in all site libraries during the week that follows the event. The April edition of the newsletter out today gives further details on what is happening as follows:
From Monday 24th April to Friday 29th April you are invited to join us in the following activities to celebrate WBN:
- Book swaps available all week
- Free lucky dip available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00
Prizes include books, mini puzzles, bags, pens and Haribo sweets!
In addition to this we have been browsing through, reading and writing reviews on some of our most recent additions to our library leisure reads. We hope these entice you to read the books or browse the library catalogue/visit the library to discover the choice of books we have on offer. I can recommend the quick read collection which are just the right length to fit in during breaks from study.
This nicely leads into the first book review written by Hayley.
The Muse By Jessie Burton
This novel is composed of two stories. The first is set in London in the year 1967. Odelle Bastien is a budding writer from Trinidad who takes on a new job as a typist at Skelton gallery, where she encounters a rather unusual painting. The second of the stories is set in southern Spain in 1936 where Olive Scholes and her family have come to reside. This is where the secrets of the unusual painting that Odelle encounters in 1967 are revealed.
In 1967 Odelle tries to unravel the mystery that surrounds the painting, and the owner of the piece (named Lawrie), is a man that holds a few secrets to his past. In her quest she looks for answers to questions regarding the painting:
- Just where did Lawrie get it?
- Why does Odelle’s employer and new found friend Marjorie Quick seem very disturbed by it and why does it bother her so much?
- Why does the gallery owner Edmund Reede seems to want the world to know about it?
Back in 1936, Olive has dreams and ambitions of her own to paint and wants so desperately to fulfill these desires, but doubts the reaction of her art dealer father Harold Schloss. Her mother, Sarah, is a recluse and when two seemingly helpful strangers enter the Schloss family home Olive is captivated and her life goes spinning out of control.
The painting brings the two stories together with devastating consequences on the lives that it touches. A lovely pacey page turner of a read.
We have also set ourselves the challenge of writing some book reviews on our Twitter page. The current one to get us started is on ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn.
Easter Opening Hours
We have posted the all-important opening hours for the Easter holidays on posters in each site libraries, on our Twitter page and on the Library Moodle page but if you have not yet had the opportunity to see them, here is a summary.
Ilkeston and Broomfield hall libraries – Closed
The Roundhouse Library – open – W/C 10th April 08:30 – 4:30 Monday to Thursday only. JWC library – open – W/C 10th April 08:30 – 4:30 Monday to Thursday only
W/C 17th April 08:30 – 4:30 Wednesday to Friday
Please note that all libraries are closed from Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th April.