What the Readers in Residence are plotting for BWS '13
With four new Readers in Residence now ensconced in their local areas, they are gearing up for a great Book Week Scotland with an array of events that will take readers into the libraries to learn its secrets, out into the schools and other venues to hear stories and author talks, and even prompt readers to expect BWS-wrapped books to turn up in the most unusual places, proving that there isn’t anywhere that books don’t improve.
Up in the Highlands of Scotland, Barry Hutchinson is hard at work plotting new and exciting events for Book Week Scotland! Local schools will be invited to Fort William Library to take part in the debate around the thought: Print books should be consigned to history(!), which is a really hot-button topic. Barry himself will be taking to the streets to hand out copies of Treasures and snap shots of the local readers—so watch out for yourself on Twitter! Plus, when Barry isn’t being a book-crusader amongst the people, he will be organising the launch of the ReadLochaber website, where people are invited to join in the writing competition and have their work featured on the site.
Meanwhile, in North Lanarkshire, Jane Graham is busy as a bee with a HUGE spread of events for Book Week Scotland. On the 25 there is an evening with Matt Bendoris and Nicki Paton. The 26 has Gillian Galbraith and Caro Ramsay. The 27 and 28 have Janice Brown, Doug Johnstone, and Peter Wright, respectively; while on the 30 you can lend your ears to story time with Gerry Durkin and Des McAnulty. And if you like your book-based fun to be on the more adventurous side, then keep your eyes peeled for the 1000 books which will ‘escape’ from libraries across North Lanarkshire. They can be found in all sorts of weird and wonderful places like cafés, trains, or doctors' waiting rooms. You will recognise the banner they are wrapped in AND the books can be kept by their finder, just tweet the library about where they were discovered!
The National Library of Scotland
Back in the land of the ‘burgh, National Library of Scotland’s Reader in Residence, Kate Hendy , is opening up the secrets of the library in a ‘Hidden Library’ themed programme for Book Week Scotland. The twelve events happening during BWS focus on the hidden collections, staff roles, and readers’ thoughts, with chances to interact with the NLS’s own Wikipedian in Residence, discover the staff’s choice of books and reading, find out about the pop up library, pick up a copy of Treasures, and get into the action by joining the ‘find our most unusual journal title’ competition! For the wee ones, there are events about the inner workings of the library, including the chance to learn how to catalogue books and more.
STOP! Why would you need to cross the border south when the Borders Library Reader in Residence Tom Murray has so many excellent BWS events in the works? On Thursday get yourself down to the Philiphaugh Community School for a morning of storytelling with Tom himself (11am-12pm). Take a reading break and then follow Tom to the Peebles Library for a Treasure Train event (4-5pm) (which we can only hope involves some kind of conga line). But, if you can only make one event all week make it the Dr Who Monster Book Bash on Friday afternoon (2:30-4:30pm) at Melrose Library, which promises to be a book event you do not want to skip.