Posts Tagged ‘events’

Reading Partners have just launched their exciting Reader Meets Writer programme, as part of the National Year of Reading.  Big names including Kate Mosse, Hanif Kureishi, Iain Banks, Alexander McCall Smith, Mavis Cheek and Clare Francis will be appearing at libraries across England throughout 2008.

This marks a change in attitude within the UK publishing industry which has traditionally favoured bookshops over libraries for book events.  But following the success of a similar campaign in 2007 when over 7,000 library users attended 80 events and generated over £25,000 in book sales, publishers are becoming increasingly aware of the power of public libraries to deliver quality audiences.

Before becoming a librarian I spent over 6 years in the commercial sector organising author events.  Since then I’ve organised and attended my fair share of library events and I have to agree that there’s something quite special about a public library audience.  There’s a brilliant atmosphere in a public library when a famous author stops by to chat about his/her books; and an enthusiasm and energy that cannot be matched by bookshop customers. 



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Last year I joined East Renfrewshire’s Library & Information Service for a four week placement, as part of my Masters degree.   During that time I got to meet and work with an amazing bunch of librarians, including the inspirational Liz McGettigan.  It was my job to evaluate the impact of  their Look at Libraries festival, which offered users opportunities to attend and participate in a range of events at their local library:
Author events
Theatre workshops for children
Genealogy seminars
Learning workshops
Pottery classes
Cookery demos
Comedy evenings

What’s all this got to do with public libraries, you may ask?  Well, quite a lot actually…libraries aren’t just about books anymore, or hadn’t you heard? 😉 

My name in print – how exciting!  
My final report has just been published by Library Review –  If you’re lucky enough to have an Emerald password and you’re interested in the impact that this festival had on the local community then check it out on Emerald

Alternatively, e-mail me direct and I’d be happy to share my findings with you.

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