1000 reasons to visit the library this February

In February the Henry Bloom Noble is continuing its support of Island of Culture 2014 with a series of events themed ‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’. For the whole of the month there will be displays of artwork from local artists throughout the three public floors so make sure you come and have a look.


 On Wednesday February 5th at 7.30pm local artist Juan Moore, creator of the Island of Culture 2014 set of commemorative stamps, will be holding a live painting event, ‘Watching Paint Dry’, and on Wednesday February 19th, again at 7.30pm, the library will be hosting a talk titled ‘The Advantages of Being an Internet Artist’.

Tickets for both events are free but must be collected in advance from the library counter on the ground floor.

Saturday February 8th sees a celebration of National Libraries Day with a treasure hunt from 9.15am to 12noon, complete with prizes, free tea and coffee and homemade cakes. There will also be prizes for children who come dressed as their favourite character from a book.

Meanwhile, during the week of February 3rd to the 8th, all new library joiners will be entered into a prize draw. (Online joiners must call in to the library to collect their membership to qualify to be entered in the draw).

Then, to coincide with half term, on Thursday February 20th from 9.45am to 12.15pm Jean Buck will be holding a silk-painting workshop for children aged five and over. Tickets are £5 and can be collected from the counter on the ground floor.

Finally throughout February a photography competition is running where budding photographers of all ages are invited to take a ‘never-before-seen’ image that captures some aspect of culture or arts in the Island. Images should be submitted in JPEG format of a minimum of 1 MB but not exceeding 5 MB to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line titled ‘Photo Competition’. Submissions must include name, age and any supporting details. Deadline for submissions is Friday February 28th. The competition will be judged by local professional photographer Andrew Barton. Prizes are vouchers for Waterstones: £50 for first place and £25 for second and third place. (For terms and conditions please refer to library.douglas.im).

Borough librarian Jan Macartney said: ‘Thanks to the enthusiasm and imagination of the library team and the support of so many talented artists and presenters over the years it’s been our practice to hold all kinds of exciting events for children and adults. Island of Culture 2014 has inspired us to build on that and develop a year-long programme of themed events which we hope will contribute to the celebrations of our Island’s richly diverse cultural life.’

Island of Culture director Michael Lees said: ‘I’m delighted that the Henry Bloom Noble Library will be supporting Island of Culture so enthusiastically and creatively. At the heart of this year-long celebration is connecting communities with culture in all its rich diversity. Clearly the library team at the Henry Bloom Noble Library share our vision and our aims and I congratulate them on devising what promises to be a compelling programme of events.’


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