Manchester Libraries Newsletter June 2021

Manchester City Council
Festival of LIbraries Festival of Libraries 9-13th June 2021 Join Manchester City of Literature for the very first festival of libraries, a brand-new celebration of Greater Manchester’s 133 libraries! The Festival features a vibrant programme of free online and in-person events including talks, walking tours, dancing, artist residencies, family-friendly fun activities showcasing the diversity of libraries in our city. Supported by Arts Council England, featured artists include Michael Rosen, Gary Younge, Shirley May, Mike Garry, Andrew McMillan, Rosie Garland, James Holt, Anjum Malik, Hafsah Aneela Bashir and Stephen Holland, the UK Comics Laureate. Please see the website for the full programme and details.
Manchester Libraries at the Festival of Libraries To celebrate the Festival of Libraries, Manchester Libraries are running a range of of face-to-face and online events. On Sunday 13th June we will be holding a family Sunday Funday at Central Library including theatre performance plus arts and crafts activities. You must pre-book your place online or in person at Central Library. We are also hosting a series of events via our Facebook page, including a talk on Fake News, author events and lots more! kristina
Build a Bard Workshop with Manchester Animation Festival Join us online 12th June at 11am for a free Build a Bard Workshop with Jim Parkyn from Aardman Animations. Jim will guide you through a fun-filled sculpting workshop as we model our very own Shakespeare. The event will be live-streamed via the Manchester Libraries Facebook page, no booking required. Materials you will need: Plasticine (any colour will do, but we will be using Light Pink, Brown, Black, White and Stone), cocktail sticks. Bard Manchester Libraries reopen the doors Manchester re-opened its libraries to the public on April 12th in a Covid-secure way. In the first four weeks we welcomed over 27,000 visitors. Readers borrowed over 20,000 books and reserved 4,500 more. 5800 people used the internet in a library whilst 3 million people viewed library social media channels remotely. Nearly 17,000 ebooks and audiobooks were downloaded from the library’s Borrowbox service as well as 4500 emagazines. The library’s online newspaper service was used 30,000 times and we helped 60 people with the internet via our one-to-one telephone service. Click to edit this placeholder text. info Manchester Libraries to extend opening hours Good news! We are planning to extend our opening hours, so libraries will be open for longer and later than they are currently. In most cases, we will be open on the same days and times as we were before the Covid pandemic. If the Government Roadmap continues as planned, we will do this from 21st June. For current libraries opening hours click here. This page will be updated the week before 21st June. Click to edit this placeholder text. Longsight Refugee Voices Join us for a conversation with Mona, singer, artist and Syrian refugee June 15th at 7pm. Mona, now residing in Canada will talk with us about her experiences of displacement. In partnership with NaTakallam and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. This is a small and informal online event and part of our Refugee Week activities. Tickets are free and available here. Mona
Manchester Jewish Museum – Walking with Delight Ahead of Manchester Jewish Museum’s reopening on Friday 2 July, join them Thursday 10th June, 6.30pm and 8.30pm as they explore the hidden stories of Cheetham Hill’s past. The Bare Project will take you on an immersive audio walking tour to share in stories of love and delight from the every day and (extra) ordinary past inhabitants of Manchester’s historic Jewish quarter. Book your place here. Jewish Museum
Manchester’s Leisure and Culture relaunch Culture in Manchester is back and whether you’re a regular attender or a first-time visitor, there will be something for you in Manchester’s reopening programme. This summer also sees a packed calendar of events in Manchester’s squares and open spaces. For more information check out our website and let culture set you free! #HereforCultureMCR Culture The Zeppelin – Ship of Dreams The 1920s saw the beginning of inter-continental air travel. As part of Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society’s 1921 Project they have invited speaker David Skillen to present a talk about this amazing craft. How they were built, what it was like to fly on these huge craft and the disasters, including the R38 in 1921 that doomed these magnificent craft. Booking via eventbrite for this talk on Wednesday 23 June at 7pm. Zeppelin
Audiobook of the month ‘A beautifully written and utterly captivating novel about female strength and the power of belief, set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers who were written out of African history.’ ‘Beautiful and devastating’ Marlon James. This title is available to borrow via our Borrowbox service. shadow king 4
Ebook of the month ‘A timely, provocative and agenda-setting examination of the refugee experience.’ ‘Aged eight, Dina Nayeri fled Iran along with her mother and brother, and lived in the crumbling shell of an Italian hotel-turned-refugee camp. Eventually she was granted asylum in America. Now, Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with those of other asylum seekers, bringing us inside their daily lives and taking us through the stages of their journeys, from escape to asylum to resettlement. In these pages, a couple fall in love over the phone, and women gather to prepare noodles that remind them of home. A closeted queer man tries to make his case truthfully as he seeks asylum, and a s translator attempts to help new arrivals present their stories to officials. With surprising and provocative questions, The Ungrateful Refugee recalibrates the conversation around the refugee experience.’ Available to borrow via our Borrowbox service. ungrateful refugee
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