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Classic Welsh Read

March 24, 2015

What is a classic? Do you have a favorite book that you consider a classic? If so, there is a campaign launched today that asks readers across Wales to nominate their classics for inclusion in a list that will be distributed to libraries, bookshops and colleges to encourage others to read and enjoy them.

The campaign is a partnership between SCL Wales, the Welsh Books Council and Welsh Literature. A Panel of members representing these organizations will select the list from the nominations received and agree on the inclusion of recognized classics.

There is an opportunity for readers throughout Wales to nominate books – a novel or collection of short stories called –through their library or local bookshop. There are prizes to for the entries which offer the best reason for their nomination – the chance to win a luxury meal or fifty pounds.

Jane Sellwood on behalf of the Society of Chief Librarians Wales said

Public libraries offer a range of high quality literature in Welsh and English to readers. While there are a number of lists to guide readers to the classics, old and new, in English there are no similar lists of Welsh language titles or English Writing in Wales – this is a gap that needs filling.

The production of a list – with the help of readers-  will promote reading, stimulate discussion around what is a ‘classic’ and suggest material for ‘new’ readers. Libraries throughout Wales are ready to collect readers’ nominations and to support this exciting campaign. “

Elwyn Jones Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council added :

While the Council will support and promote the work of contemporary writers it is always important to us also remember the classics are being read and enjoyed by readers of roof after roof. So it’s great being back this campaign throughout Welsh library authorities and is a good example of co-operation to promote books and reading. ”

The Welsh Classic campaign launched on Book Day March 5th and runs until the deadline for nominations at end of May. Readers who want to nominate a book can collect a form from their library or local bookshop or get copies from the following web sites: -llyfrgelloeddcymru.org, the Welsh Books Council and Literature Wales or using the twitter hashtag #WelshClassic or email tynewydd@literaturewales.org.

For further information please contact

Hywel James   Principal Librarian  Gwynedd Library Service

01286 679463   HywelJames@gwynedd.gov.uk


Automatic library card for every child in Wales

March 9, 2015

 

Welsh libraries and primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a library card – the project started in March this year with six local authorities piloting the initiative and, thanks to Welsh Government funding from the Department of Culture, Sport & Tourism, this has now been rolled out to ten more local authorities (16 in total) targeting another 25,000 children.

 

Launching the initiative in Monmouthshire today, Dr Rhys Jones – best known for his hit BBC series including ‘Rhys to the Rescue’ and ‘Dr Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ said: “Libraries are such an important resource – they are a great place for children to let their imagination grow and to develop and it is vitally important that we encourage our children to read more not only to improve their literacy levels but also to help them with life skills and future opportunities.”

 

Pupils from across Monmouthshire will be taking part in events in libraries, schools and sports halls.

The library card will allow the children to borrow books straight away and get a great bag to carry their books home with them. Once proof of address is provided, they can then have access to thousands of free books, use the computers and access lots of other resources.

 

Use your local library to access the amazing range of services including:

 

  • FREE fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and talking books
  • FREE homework help – online and in the library
  • FREE e-books and e-magazines
  • FREE computer use and internet access
  • Clubs, games, events, activities and classes in the library
  • Friendly, helpful library staff
  • Somewhere safe to meet friends

 

This initiative is targeting year four pupils in sixteen Welsh authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Wrexham.

This initiative supports the Welsh Government’s Education Begins at Home campaign which encourages parents to help their child at home by making time to read which can help their performance in school.

 

For more information please visit: www.welshlibraries.org/schools


Automatic library card for every child in Wales

March 5, 2015

Welsh libraries and primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a library card – the project started in March this year with six local authorities piloting the initiative and, thanks to Welsh Government funding from the Department of Culture, Sport & Tourism, this has now been rolled out to ten more local authorities (16 in total) targeting another 25,000 children.

Launching the initiative in Wrexham Library today, Dr Rhys Jones – best known for his hit BBC series including ‘Rhys to the Rescue’ and ‘Dr Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ said: “Libraries are such an important resource – they are a great place for children to let their imagination grow and to develop and it is vitally important that we encourage our children to read more not only to improve their literacy levels but also to help them with life skills and future opportunities.”

Pupils from St. Anne’s and Hafod y Wern will be taking part in events in libraries, schools and sports halls. Headteacher Debbie Eccles from Victoria County Primary who are already part of the scheme commented: “‘Every Child A Library Member’ has been a great initiative to get children in to their local library to see the range of services they can provide for young pupils in Wales. Although lots of our pupils were already members, it gave the other pupils the opportunity to become a member, visit the library and understand the loaning system. It is targeting younger pupils in year 4 so hopefully it will encourage a lifelong enjoyment of library services and the reading experience.”

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnership and Wellbeing said: “This library card will allow the children to borrow books straight away and get a great bag to carry their books home with them. Once proof of address is provided, they can then have access to thousands of free books, use the computers and access lots of other resources.”

Use your local library to access the amazing range of services including:

  • FREE fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and talking books
  • FREE homework help – online and in the library
  • FREE e-books and e-magazines
  • FREE computer use and internet access
  • Clubs, games, events, activities and classes in the library
  • Friendly, helpful library staff
  • Somewhere safe to meet friends

This initiative is targeting year four pupils in sixteen Welsh authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Wrexham.

This initiative supports the Welsh Government’s Education Begins at Home campaign which encourages parents to help their child at home by making time to read which can help their performance in school.

For more information please visit: www.welshlibraries.org


Welsh sporting stars launch World Book Day #bookselfie challenge

Welsh rugby stars George North and Scott Williams, together with their coach Robin McBryde, launched the World Book Day selfie challenge this week, ready for the big day on 5 March.

The 2015 World Book Day campaign sees the launch of the World Book Day selfie challenge #bookselfie. The challenge, as taken by George, Scott and Robin, sees participants reading a book, taking a selfie and posting it to #bookselfie @DYLLcymWBDwales.

Your selfie can be of you reading your favourite book, or why not take a #bookselfie of yourself reading in an unusual location?

‘We are all aware of selfies nowadays on Facebook and Twitter,’ said Angharad Thomas, Reading Promotions Officer for the Welsh Books Council, ‘but with the help of the WRU this year we’ve launched our very own selfie campaign.

‘Our aim is to encourage children, adults, parents and teachers across Wales to take a selfie of themselves reading, and upload it to our Twitter feed @DYLLcymWBDwales #bookselfie. By creating a visual collection of #bookselfies we aim to show the world that people across Wales, of all ages, love to read and enjoy reading all sorts of books.’

What to do:

  1. Read a book
  2. Take a selfie
  3. Upload it to Twitter #bookselfie @DYLLcymWBDwales

Need some inspiration? You can watch videos of George, Scott and Robin taking part in the challenge on the World Book Day Twitter feed @DYLLcymWBDwales.

Think you can do better? Why not upload your #bookselfie by 5 March for a chance to win a Welsh Rugby Shirt (child’s size)?

Take up the #bookselfie challenge – let’s get Wales reading!

http://youtu.be/WnSaVVjKJd8


Libraries, museums and archives across Wales scoop national awards for marketing excellence.

February 27, 2015

Museum, archive and library staff from across Wales have attended a prestigious awards event in the National Library of Wales today (Friday 27 February). The Marketing Excellence Awards recognise the fantastic work being done by staff in museums, archives and libraries across Wales, often with very limited resources.

Over forty entries were submitted to this year’s Marketing Excellence Awards from libraries, museums and archive services across Wales. Categories include: demonstrating marketing excellence; joint marketing project of the year and marketing champion of the year.

The awards are part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Attracting the Audience’ programme for museums, archives and libraries, and Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, commented: “We want to see as many people as possible using our excellent library, museum and archive services across Wales so that they can benefit from what’s available. Marketing plays an important role in encouraging people to use these facilities and I’m pleased we are recognising the positive work being done across the sector, despite the challenges.

“The standard of entries in this year’s awards has been excellent; it’s pleasing to see so many examples of good practice within these sectors and some really innovative ideas.”

Attendees at the event in the National Library of Wales had the opportunity to hear more about the winning entries, meet the judge and hear from guest speakers talking about social media and press engagement.

All entries were judged by Dr Jonathan Deacon, Reader in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the University of South Wales and Trustee (former Chair) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Cymru. Dr Deacon commented:

“I have been judging these awards for several years and I have to say that the standard of entries, innovative ideas and resourcefulness of staff in the three sectors continues to impress me. There are many examples of excellence in marketing that could equally be applied to any business or organisation within Wales. 

“Many of the entries were low in budget but high in creativity – proving that sophisticated and successful marketing does not depend on large budgets.

Winners received a trophy, certificate and a variety of prizes including marketing workshops and specialised equipment to enable them to further develop their skills and enhance their marketing activities.

For a full list of winners and to view the entries please visit www.welshlibraries.org/stafftoolkit/marketing-awards