MANIL 2014 events

Each year, libraries across the country organise activities to promote their services to local blind and partially sighted people during Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight.

We will be adding events to this page as we receive details of what is happening in libraries around the country.

Find out more about Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight.

Blackburn Library

Event details: Coffee morning - theme will be "Exploring the Reality of World War I - through a series of memorabilia and objects from the Western Front". Guest speaker will be Stephen Irwin and there will be an opportunity to touch and handle artefacts on show from the Blackburn Museum collection.

Date: Thursday 12 June, 10.30-12.00

Venue: Meeting Room 2 at Blackburn Library, Town Hall St, Blackburn BB2 1AG

Email: roger.booth@blackburn.gov.uk or ring Roger on 01254 587923.

Hartlepool Central Library

Event details: Join us for a relaxing afternoon cuppa and cake with Leah Fleming and Elizabeth Gill who will be reading from their latest books and chatting about their experiences as writers. Library staff will be on hand to explain the services the library offers, including books in large print, audio and our new audio downloads.

Date: Thursday 5 June from 2pm

Venue: Central Library, York Road, Hartlepool TS26 9DE

Email denise.sparrowhawk@hartlepool.gov.uk or ring Denise on 01429 272905 for more information and to book your place.

Poole Central Library, Dorset

Event details: Meet-and-Greet Morning for blind and partially sighted children and their families. A chance to mingle, make friends and see what the library has to offer for young people with visual impairments and autistic spectrum disorders. No need to book.

Date: Saturday 7 June at 10am

Venue: Poole Central Library, Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1QE

Email: k.waters@poole.gov.uk or call 01202 262429.

Rainham Library, Havering

Event details: Open Day for blind and partially sighted people including: equipment and services; groups, clubs, societies and organisations; carers and carer groups; Bag Books (multi-sensory stories for children and adults); free software sessions; Havering Talking Newspaper; RNIB Mobile Sight Loss Information Bus run by Action for Blind People packed with the latest aids, equipment and specialist advice.

Date: Thursday 12 June, 10am to 3pm

Venue: Rainham Library, 7-11 Broadway, Rainham RM13 9YW

Email: amy.johnstone@havering.gov.uk or ring 01708 434970.

Stockton Central Library

Event details: Click and Listen: eAudiobooks at the touch of a button. Help and advice for downloading eAudiobooks from a BorrowBox expert using the library's award-winning app! Bring your own laptop / iPad / Android (any device except Kindle) and we'll get you started.

Date: Monday 16 June, 11am to 1pm

Venue: Stockton Central Library, 17 Church Road, Stockton on Tees TS18 1TU

Email: karen.morris@stockton.gov.uk or ring Karen on 01642 526522.

Central Library Bromley

Event details: Guide Dog Puppy talk - Join Myriam Steadman (and her furry friend) for her talk 'The story of a guide dog from puppy to working dog'

Date and time: 2pm Monday 2nd June 2014

Venue: Hall, 4th Floor Central Library Bromley, High Street Bromley, BR1 1EX

Contact: Tickets are free but should be booked in advance by contacting Central library 020 8461 7155

Central Library Bromley

Event details: E-audio books for the visually impaired - Join Mike Peek, Assistive Technology Worker, Kent Association for the Blind, as he demonstrates how to download e-audio books from the Bromley Library Service website to your ebook reader.

Date and time: Wednesday 11 June 2.30pm Central Library, Bromley

Venue: Small Hall, 4th Floor Central Library Bromley, High Street Bromley, BR1 1EX

Contact: Limited places available. Booking essential! Tickets are free but should be booked in advance by contacting Central library 020 8461 7155

Central Library Bromley

Event details: Shortlands; its history, homes and people - Shortlands grew up following the arrival of the railway in 1858. Its large houses and good transport links attracted many influential people. This illustrated talk looks at these people, their homes and the variety of ways they influenced society during the 19th and early 20th century.

Date and time: Tuesday 10 June, 11am

Venue: Small Hall, 4th floor, Central Library, Bromley, High street Bromley, BR1 1EX

Contact: Tickets are free but should be booked in advance by contacting Central library 020 8461 7155

Hook & Chessington Library

Event details: Hook & Chessington Library will be hosting popular guitarist and singer Jonathan Stevens. Come along for the chance to find out about the services the library can offer you, as well as the chance to sit back and enjoy music to listen and sing along to, while enjoying tea and biscuits.

Date and time: Friday June 6 2.15pm-3.15pm

Venue: Hook & Chessington Library

Contact: This event is free, but by ticket only. Tickets are available in advance from Hook & Chessington Library on 020 8547 6254

Whickham Library

Event details: Whickham Library Presents Diane Allen popular family saga writer will talk about her books and her work at Ulverscroft the world-wide publisher of large print and audio books.

Date and time: Wednesday 25 June 2pm

Venue: Whickham Library

Contact: Denise Envy deniseenvy@gateshead.gov.uk telephone 0191 4336428

Weston-super-Mare Library

Event details: Introduction to Libraries West audiobook, eAudiobook and eBook services and demonstrate how easy it is to access them on a variety of devices.

Date and time: Tuesday 3 June from 1.30-3.30pm

Venue: Weston-super-Mare Library

Contact: There’s no need to book, just drop in – telephone 01934 426 010 

Dukinfield Library

Event details: Remembering the First World War with wartime memorabilia, poetry and music.

Date and time: Monday 9 June, 2 – 3.30pm

Venue: Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield.  SK16 4DB

Contact: The event is free and there will be refreshments, however places are limited, so booking is essential.  Contact Dukinfield Library on 0161 330 3257 to book a FREE place.  If you would like to attend and require help with transport to the library, please contact Tameside Sight on 0161 343 4090/6903.

Solihull Library

Event details: Solihull Library are hosting a coffee morning with poetry and reflections of World War 1 offering a selection of large print and audio books.

Date and time: Wednesday 4 June at 10.30

Venue: Longdon Room, Solihull Central Library

Contact: Doreen Lane telephone 0121 704 6977

Solihull Central Library

Events details: Action RNIB are hosting a coffee morning where a choir from St Martins School will be singing and 2 members of library staff will be promoting library resources for the visually impaired.

Date and time: Monday 16 June at 10.30

Venue: Studio, Solihull Central Library

Contact: Doreen Lane telephone 0121 704 6977

John Gray Centre

Event details: East Lothian Talking tours of the new WW1 Exhibition. Demos throughout the afternoon of Reminiscence Handling Collection and Pen Friends for audio books.

Date and time: Monday 9 June 2pm and 3.45pm

Venue: John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

Contact: Trina Gavan 01620 820680

John Gray Centre

Event details: East Lothian WW1 inspired poetry performed by accomplished poet Ken Cockburn. Demos throughout the afternoon of Reminiscence Handling Collection and Pen Friends for audio books.

Date and time: Monday 9 June 3pm and 4.45pm

Venue: John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington.

Contact: Trina Gavan 01620 820680

Doncaster Central Library

Event details: Doncaster Central Library will be playing host to local musicians Allan Wilkinson and Richard Cook, who will be playing some well-known favourites as well as some of their own compositions. There will also be a ‘Guess That Tune’ music trivia quiz, complementary hand massages and refreshments. Information will be provided to make people aware of library services available to the blind and partially sighted.

Date and time: Tuesday 10 June 2.45pm

Venue: Doncaster Central Library

Contact: Central Library at  01302 734315 or centrallibrary@doncaster.gov.uk

Poole Central Library, Dorset

Event details: E-audio books and e-books for the visually impaired. Help and advice for downloading library e-audiobooks and e-books using BorrowBox, OneClickDigital and OverDrive. Bring your own laptop, tablet or e-reader and we'll get you started.

Date: Friday 13 June, 2.15pm-4.45pm

Venue: Bracknell Library, Town Square, Bracknell, RG12 1BH

Email: bracknell.library@bracknell-forest.gov.uk or ring 01344 352414.

Wakefield One Library, Wakefield

Event details: "How to begin your family history", which includes hand outs and information about what resources can be found in our libraries for family historians.

Date: Thursday 12th June 12.30pm until 1.00pm

Venue: Wakefield One Library and Museum, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB

Email: wjewitt@wakefield.gov.uk or phone 01924 305788.

Ivybridge Library, Devon

Event details: Excerpts from stories in the spoken word collection. Stories include: And Thereby Hangs a Tale – Jeffrey Archer; Instructions for a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell; The Heart of the Dales – Gervaise Phinn. Everyone welcome to come and relax with a cup of tea or coffee.

Date:Date: 2-15 June, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 2pm and 3pm and between 10am and 11am on a Saturday.

Venue: Ivybridge Library, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 OSZ.

Email: lynn.west@devon.gov.uk or phone 01752 893140

Bexleyheath Libraries, Kent

Event details: Guide Dog Puppy talk. Join Myriam Steadman (and her furry friend) for her talk 'The story of a guide dog from puppy to working dog'

Date: 11am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Venue: 1st Floor meeting room Central Library, Bexleyheath, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7HJ

Contact: Tickets are free and should be booked in advance by contacting Central Library Tel 020 8303 7777

Event Details: Access to books for the visually impaired and poetry reading. Do you or someone you know have difficulty reading standard print? Come along to this session at Central Library Bexleyheath and find out how your library can help you continue to access books and other reading materials. There will also be a poetry reading by members of Welling Library’s Poetry Group.

Date: 10.30am Wednesday 4th June 2014

Venue: 1st Floor meeting room Central Library Bexleyheath, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7HJ

Contact: Tickets are free and should be booked in advance by contacting Central Library Tel 020 8303 7777

Event details: Calibre Audio Library at Central Library, Bexleyheath.

Join Nicole from Calibre Audio Library as she explains what their talking book service has to offer you!

Date: 10.30am Friday 6th June

Venue: 1st Floor meeting room Central Library Bexleyheath, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7HJ

Contact: All events are free but tickets should be booked in advance by contacting Central Library, tel 020 8303 7777

For further information please contact Susan Prior on 020 3045 5221 or email: susan.prior@bexley.gov.uk

Sutton Library, London

Event details: What's so good about audiobooks? Meet the number one audiobook narrator Gordon Griffin and celebrate the launch of the OneClickdigital audiobook service. Free. Refreshments available.

Date: Thursday 5th June 3.00pm

Venue: Sutton Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA

Contact: julia.lambert@sutton.gov.uk or call 020 8770 4740

Ponteland Library, Northumberland

Event details: Do join us at our Coffee Morning & joint meeting of the Ponteland & Morpeth VIP Audio Book Groups and discover what our reading groups have to offer. You’ll be able exchange information on ‘good reads’, hear about the large print, spoken word and eBooks that our service offers, and how technology can be used to help with reading.

Date: Monday 2 June from 11am – 12.30pm

Venue: Ponteland Library, Thornhill Road, Ponteland, NE20 9PZ

Email ros.markham@northumberland.gov.uk or ring Ponteland library on 01661 823594

Luton Central Library

Event details: World War 1 Read-aloud session - listen to poems, memoirs and other WW1 items read aloud by members of staff and volunteers in this informal session. There will also be an opportunity to handle a selection of objects from museum's collection and learn more about the Luton Great War Stories Project. All welcome. (Free entry).

Date: Monday 2nd June, 11.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Luton Central Library, 1st Floor Large Print Area

Event details: Luton Great War Stories help sessions - Start adding your relative's World War One stories to the Luton Great War Stories website. Staff and volunteers will help you register with the site and add information.

All welcome, but priority will be give to visually impaired customers. (Free entry).

Date: Monday 2nd June, 12.45pm to 2pm

Venue: Luton Central Library, 1st Floor IT suite

Event details: Drop in sessions - How to easily access free audiobooks and ebooks on tables, smartphones and Apple devices* . Staff will be demonstrating how to access thousands of top quality audiobooks and ebooks from Luton Libraries. Bring along your own device or see the service demonstrated on one of ours. (Free entry).

*Please note, your device must be able to download Android, Apple or Windows Phone apps (we regret BlackBerrys are not compatible.)

Dates: Thursday 5th June 11am to 12noon, Saturday 7th June 2pm to 3pm, Thursday 12th June 11am to 12noon, Saturday 14th June 2pm to 3pm

Venue: Luton Central Library, 1st Floor. Large Print Area

Email: Linda.Bukumunhe@lutonculture.com or ring Linda on 01582 547426

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