Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) fortnight

Make a Noise in Libraries 2014 Fortnight runs from 2 to 15 June.

MANIL 2014

Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) Fortnight is an annual campaign bringing public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together in an effort to improve access to books and information.

This year's theme will be the First World War as 2014 marks 100 years since the conflict began. Public libraries are playing their part in this national commemoration by offering books and information on all aspects of the First World War for children and adults.

Ideas and support

We have lots of ideas to get you started. Each year MANIL* gets bigger and better; we are now in our 13th year!

  • Find out what has worked well for other libraries during MANIL - MANIL event ideas and ideas from John Vincent’s Six Steps workshops
  • Archive materials including First World War information from RNIB Heritage Services
  • Coming soon - First World War booklists featuring RNIB Talking Book titles.
  • Use Reading Sight to help answer customer queries about accessible reading. This free website is packed with information about all aspects of providing an accessible library service for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Your Reading Choices is a quick free online tool on the Reading Sight website. It leads to a personal reading plan for someone with sight loss including contact details for organisations offering the most appropriate resources and help.
  • Join our Six Steps online forum for sharing knowledge and experience or asking questions about any aspect of providing accessible library services or activities for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Visit our reading web pages for information about RNIB's wide range of reading services.
  • Read for RNIB - find out how your library or reading group can raise funds for RNIB and support MANIL at the same time.

*Please ensure blind and partially sighted people in your area can participate by using your library to access books in audio and large print and local history resources.

Free promotional materials

Due to exceptionally high demand, we have run out of bookmarks this year. Printed posters are still available, please email with the quantity required along with your name and address.

Posters for download

You can also download these themed book lists to use with reading groups. All the titles listed are available from RNIB Talking Book Service.


We aim to publicise all MANIL events on our website, so please provide details of your event if you wish to be included.

Please email with the event name, date, time and venue, along with a brief summary of the event and your contact details.

What libraries say about MANIL

MANIL is good for publicity and helps to raise the profile of our library service with a group that can be difficult to reach.
We use MANIL to promote our large print and spoken word collections to customers, as well as reaching out to new customers.
MANIL is a useful way of focusing our attentions on our blind and partially sighted borrowers and an opportunity to make other people aware of what we have available.

Getting involved in MANIL

There are various ways to get involved

  • Go along to one of the many MANIL events being organised by libraries between 2 and 15 June 2014. Activities in previous years have included author events, poetry readings, reading groups, storytelling, drumming workshops and much more.
  • Let us know how your local library is faring in the current climate of financial cuts. Have you lost out due to library closures or reduced services? Is your library using volunteers?
  • If you don't use your local library, why not visit or give them a call to find out what they offer? By using and asking for services, you will be demonstrating the need for accessible books and information for blind and partially sighted people - and you might be pleasantly surprised by what's on offer!

Contact us

Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight is run by RNIB National Library Service.

To find out more, contact Megan Gilks on 0161 429 1980 or email

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