‘The Library in the Gardens’ (North Meols Library Association) and High Park: Think Family Think Community have been working together to bring events to the local community to celebrate World Book Day in March. This is a fantastic opportunity to share the love of books and reading across all ages. In the lead up to the events both organisations will be promoting the work of our very talented local authors with competitions and book giveaways via Twitter (@NewChurchtownL and @HPTFTC) and Facebook (New Churchtown Library and High Park: Think Family, Think Community Project)

Julie Wickham, Librarian with ʻThe Library in the Gardensʼ who are working to set up a community library in the Botanic Gardens in Churchtown says: “Itʼs been great working with Rachel Wheble from the High Park Project, planning these events, getting to know local authors and having the opportunity to share the enjoyment of their wonderful work”.

Local schools will again be enjoying fun events to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. Norwood Primary School is also holding a second hand book sale on the day and all money raised will go to ʻThe Library in the Gardensʼ for a new community library.

The authors involved in our celebration of World Book Day are:

Peter Lynas

Peter Lynas is a Quality Manager, husband and proud father of two who lives in Hesketh Bank. ʻMadeleine Goes to the Moonʼ is his first published childrenʼs book and his most recent work is ʻCan you Draw the Dragosaur?ʼ Both books are beautifully illustrated by Charlie Roberts.

On Wednesday 2nd March Peter is at Linaker Childrenʼs Centre at Canning Road to read ʻMadeleine Goes to the Moonʼ to under 5ʼs. On World Book Day on 3rd March, Peter has a busy morning, firstly going to Bishop David Sheppard Primary School to read ʻCan You Draw the Dragosaur?ʼ and then he will be at Canning Road again to read ʻMadeleine Goes to the Moonʼ to the Home-Start Family group.

Carys Bray

Carys Bray lives in Southport with her husband and four children. She was brought up in a devout Mormon family. In her early thirties she left the church and replaced religion with writing. Her first novel, ʻA Song for Issy Bradleyʼ, has won several awards and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Her award-winning short story collection ʻSweet Homeʼ is being re-issued on 25th February 2016 and her second novel, ʻThe Museum of Youʼ will be published in June.

At Southport Community Centre on the afternoon of World Book Day on 3rd March there is ʻAfternoon Tea with Author Carys Brayʼ. Carys is reading from ʻSweet Homeʼ, answering questions and signing books. There will be tea, cakes, a raffle and books to buy. All proceeds will go to Claire House Childrenʼs Hospice.

Friday 4 March Coffee Morning with Author Carys Bray – a ʻLibrary in the Gardensʼ Event

You are invited to ʻCoffee Morning with Author Carys Brayʼ on Friday 4th March at 10.30am to 12.00pm at Southport Community Centre (formerly All Souls Church Hall) on Norwood Road, Southport PR8 6HQ. Carys is again reading excerpts from ʻSweet Homeʼ, signing books and inviting questions from the audience. There will be coffee/tea, cakes, a raffle and books to buy. This is a fundraising event for ʻThe Library in the Gardensʼ and we look forward to seeing you there.

ots-library in botanic gardens southport ots news onthespot otsnews.co.uk_0For further information, please contact:

Librarian – Julie Wickham ʻThe Library in the Gardensʼ (NMLA)

Email: jwickham1@btinternet.com Tel: 07787178011


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