World Book Night 2016

We celebrated World Book Night at the library on Saturday 23rd April with local authors, Rakie Keig, Michele McGrath and Michelle Tonnesen. John Boyle was also due to appear but unfortunately couldn’t make it on the night. John Quirk local author and director of Manx Litfest chaired the panel, asking questions about the authors writing techniques and inspiration and how they got published. Manx Bard, Stacey Astill set the tone for the evening by reading two poems about books and writing.


From left to right, Rakie Keig, John Quirk, Michelle Tonnesen and Michele McGrath

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May Day Bank Holiday

We'll be closed on Monday 2nd May 2016 for the May Day bank holiday. We will open again as normal on Tuesday 3rd May. All of our online resources will still be available.



Henry Bloom Noble Library launches new scheme to support young people’s mental health

At a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, we are today launching a scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.

Reading Well for young people is a national scheme, part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which will provide 13-18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.


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Shakespeare Selfie Day

As well as being World Book Night, Saturday 23rd April 2016 was also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare death. To mark the occasion the Reading Agency along with The Shakespeare Trust wanted to see your Shakespeare quote selfies! They sent us some print outs of quotes and on Saturday we made them available for all your selfies along with some biscuits!


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Collin's Guidebook Donation

Councillor John Faragher who gave a talk at the library on the 11th April about foraging has kindly donated a set of Collin’s guidebooks on behalf of the Society for the Preservation of the Manx Countryside and Environment.

Councillor Faragher who is chairman of the Society said, “I am pleased to present Douglas Borough Council’s Henry Bloom Noble Library with a set of the Collin’s Identification Guides. This is to kick-start the Society’s assistance in producing an excellent reference section for all the budding countryside explorers out there. Hopefully helping the future custodians of the countryside gain knowledge for the island around us.”


Councillor Faragher is pictured here with Deputy Borough Librarian Sophie Mills.

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