HBN Library welcomes the World of Books in March

Next month sees the Henry Bloom Noble continue its support of Island of Culture 2014 with a selection of varied events encompassing the theme ‘World of Books’ Whenever you visit the library in March you will find exhibitions on each of the floors displaying different styles of literature. There will be an exhibition on Classic Fiction on the ground floor where we will be asking how many titles you can recall from your schooldays.

World of Books

 The first floor exhibition will highlight literature titles which have made it onto the big screen. How many films do you know which originated as a book? Some titles may surprise you! There will also be a display of newly-released autobiographies for you to borrow. So why not come along and try a new genre of reading material?

The second floor will host a display on the history the public libraries, from the first one in the world to the modern masterpieces which have undergone amazing transformations such as those in Liverpool and Birmingham.

There will be a selection of talks throughout the month beginning with Pauline Mitchell from the Women’s Institute. Pauline will be coming to talk about the history of the WI on the island as a tie-in with International Women’s Day. You can hear Pauline on Tuesday 11th March at 2.30pm. Tea and cakes will also be served.

On Wednesday 19th March Maxine Cannon from Isle of Man Post Office will be speaking about how designs from their award-winning stamps and coins are chosen. Many aspects of literature have made their way onto these products in the past and Maxine will bring along items for us to view. The event starts at 7.30pm.

The final event in March sees John Quirk, Director of Manx Litfest, talk about exciting plans for this year’s literature highlight. Come along and get a heads up on the names and novels which will be having a starring role in September. The event is on Tuesday 25th March and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for all events are free but must be collected in advance from the library counter on the ground floor.

Meanwhile two competitions will be running throughout March. The adult competition will focus on book cover designs. How many front covers can you recognise and put a name to once the title has been removed?

The competition for children of all ages encourages them to design an alternative front cover to their favourite book. Could you do a better Wibbly Pig than Mick Inkpen or a better Gruffalo than Julia Donaldson? Get your colouring pens, paints and crayons at the ready! Entries will be accepted during the month until the closing date of Monday 31st March 2014.

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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