Discover Libraries

9-14th October is Libraries Week, a celebration of the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer and that doesn’t just mean public libraries – oh no! Libraries of all kinds including those in workplaces, universities and of course, schools!

The theme this year is ‘discover’, with everyone encouraged to pop along to their local library to discover something new for themselves; libraries are of course about so much more than books, and what better way to find out what they do have in store!

Norfolk Library and Information Service have lots of things taking place next week and we thoroughly recommend taking a look at this page to find out just what’s in store. Better yet, why not see which branch is nearest to you and take a chance; who knows what you’ll discover?

For a special edition of Friday Reads our Librarian, Harriet, has put together a little book list below for you to pick and choose from; why not try something different…?


  • Artist: Lines by Suzy Lee

Conveying great energy and the airy movement of an ice skater, this wordless picture book is a delight, and makes me long for a snowy winter so I can join the little girl and friends out on the frozen pond.

(Chronicle Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781452156651)

  • Author: Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

Hilarious and sinister by turns this unusual novel deals with serious issues like bereavement and loneliness in an unabtrusive, nuanced way. The main plot involves a little girl’s pop-up picture book coming alive, and peopled unexpectedly by some of her other favourite toys, plus her sister and cousin. The picture book characters continue to speak in the banal rhyming verse of the book, while the toys are also strong distinctive characters – think Toy Story set in the imagined world of the Wimbley Woos. A strong plot and urgent quest drive the story along, and all in all it’s a ‘weally, weally vewy good wead!’

(David Fickling Books, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781910989432)

  • Story about books: Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell, illus. Katie Harnett

A picture book about the richness of stories, and how a book can take you anywhere in the world, and beyond. It is also about not taking people at face value, but giving time to find out who they really are, and about being prepared to try new things.

(Thames and Hudson, £11.95 hardback, ISBN 9780500651094)

  • Hobby: Project Code series by Kevin Wood

Grown-ups who need to get more familiar with coding and its myriad possibilities will be as happy to have a go at the projects in these bright books as children. Clear instructions and friendly advice will give the most nervous confidence to have a go. Even I am keen to try to get 4 cellos playing at once using Scratch, as described in the ‘Create Music’ title.

(Watts, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781445156422)

  • Library: Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho, illus. Fiona Lumbers

A delightful picture book about the importance of libraries. Look up the author’s passionate article about his own experience in his local library as a child on the Book Trust website.

(Anderson Press, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783445486, find it at a Norfolk Library)

  • Genre: Hopscotch in the Sky by Lucinda Jacob, illus. Lauren O’Neill

A collection of poems on the theme of seasons and nature, with suggestions for children to write their own poems in a wide range of styles and formats. Appealing full colour illustrations accompany the poems to make this an attractive new title.

(Little Island, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781910411933)

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