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The Children’s Laureate Libraries tour arrives in Weymouth

More than 250 local school children packed the library in Weymouth to see Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of over 150 books, bring some of her hugely popular stories to life through special dramatisations.

 Weymouth Library, which is run by Dorset County Council, was picked from 100s of applications to be one of only 24 libraries on the English and Welsh leg of the Children’s Laureate Libraries Tour this autumn.

 Many of the children came dressed up as favourite characters from Julia’s books, and eagerly grabbed the chance to be on stage with her.  Holy Trinity School had been invited to show off their own acting and singing skills during a short performance based on one of Julia’s bestselling books, Room on the Broom’ which they had spent the last week rehearsing.

 The children also had a chance to put Julia through her paces when they were invited on stage to ask her questions.  They were curious to know how many books Julia had written and who her favourite characters were.  They also wanted to know why she had decided to become an author and where she got her inspiration from.

 Julia was joined on the stage by her musician husband Malcolm – who recently retired from his career as a paediatrician – and together they delighted the audience with their hour long show which included rhymes, tales and songs. Many of the children were invited to join them on stage and delighted the audience with their spontaneous acting.

At the end of the show, Toni Coombs, Cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, thanked Julia and Malcolm for their fantastic performance and also praised the children for their excellent contribution.

 She also presented Julia with a book about Dorset by Thomas Hardy, and photographs of some of the school children dressed up as characters from her books.

 The children also had an opportunity to get signed copies of Julia’s books at the end of the show thanks to a temporary bookshop set up by Waterstones.

 Julia said:‘Libraries are very close to my heart, and so is performance. This tour is my way of bringing the two together, by visiting fantastic libraries all over the country, enjoying children acting and singing, and sharing my own stories with them. I want it to be a huge celebration of libraries and of the benefits they offer to communities and especially to children.

 “I was very impressed with the children in Weymouth and they brought a real magic to the show with their acting skills.  I will remember this visit with great fondness.”

Hilary Cox, Cabinet member for Community Services at Dorset County Council, said:

 “We were delighted that Weymouth Library was selected as part of Julia’s tour, and the show was a real success.  

“These kind of events brings libraries to life and I am sure the children will be inspired to read more books and hopefully also become regular library customers.”

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THE CHILDREN’S LAUREATE LIBRARIES TOUR COMES TO TOWN

WEYMOUTH LIBRARY SELECTED FOR SPECIAL VISIT FROM JULIA DONALDSON AS PART OF HER NATIONAL LIBRARIES TOUR

 Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson will be making a special visit to Weymouth Library on 5 October as part of her national tour of libraries. Weymouth Library has been picked from 100s of applications to be one of only 24 libraries on the English and Welsh leg of the Children’s Laureate Libraries Tour this autumn.

 As part of her Children’s Laureateship, Julia Donaldson – bestselling author of over 150 books including The Gruffalo, What the Ladybird Heard and Zog – is embarking on a tour of libraries that will take in England, Wales and Scotland, from John O’Groats to Lands’ End, over six weeks, commencing on 10 September in Thurso in the Hebrides and finishing on 18 October in Carlisle.
Schoolchildren from local schools will be attending the invite-only event, which will see Julia bringing some of her hugely popular stories to life through special dramatisations. They will also be showing off their own acting and singing skills during a short performance inspired by children’s literature which they will present to Julia. Julia will be at signing copies of her books at the event.
Julia Donaldson comments: ‘Libraries are very close to my heart, and so is performance. This tour is my way of bringing the two together, by visiting fantastic libraries all over the country, enjoying children acting and singing, and sharing my own stories with them. I want it to be a huge celebration of libraries and of the benefits they offer to communities and especially to children.’

Tracy Long, Manager for Dorset Library Services comments:

“We are really pleased that Julia has chosen Weymouth Library as part of her tour, and 250 local children will be attending the event.  We are all very excited about meeting Julia and some of her characters and really look forward to the event.

I am sure the show will encourage the children to read more books and hopefully also become regular library customers.”

Julia will be joined on the tour by her musical husband Malcolm – who recently retired from his career as a paediatrician – on stage at the events and on the road in the Laureate Libraries Tour van. The husband and wife duo, who spent their student summers busking in France, will be celebrating their Ruby wedding anniversary whilst on the tour.

Julia embarked on her two year tenure as the seventh Children’s Laureate in June 2011. At the ceremony in which she was awarded the Waterstones Children’s Laureate medal for 2011-2013, Julia announced that her main focuses would be ‘drama, music, stories for deaf children, libraries…. linked to the biggest thing of all – the pleasure and richness to be gained from reading.’

To coincide with the launch of her libraries tour, Julia will also be launching a new website for teachers http://www.picturebookplays.co.uk on 10 September to help them to use drama and performance to bring picture books to life in the classroom.

 The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. Former Children’s Laureates include Quentin Blake, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.

Julia Donaldson is the author of over 150 books and plays for children and teenagers, including The Gruffalo (the animation of which was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA), Room on the Broom, Stick Man, Cave Baby, Freddie and the Fairy and What the Ladybird Heard – some ofthe UK’s best-selling picture books – and the award-winning teenage novel Running on the Cracks. In 2010, Donaldson was the most borrowed children’s author from UK libraries. Her latest books Superworm (Alison Green Books) and The Paper Dolls (Macmillan Children’s Books) will be published in autumn 2012.

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Meet Jason Goodwin at Wimborne Library

Award winning author and historian Jason Goodwin, talks about his work, his travels and his latest book in the Yashim detective series, set in 1830s Istanbul.

3 November 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Tickets £3

The event is part of Wimborne literary festival.

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Meet author Julie Ratcliffe at Wimborne Library

Come and meet Julie Ratcliffe, author of “The Thirteenth Box”, an exciting children’s adventure story set in Christchurch in the 1780’s.

Find out what things like ankers, spout lamps, bone boxes and fart followers are.   Be the first to hear about The Face of Sam, the next in her series of Smugglers’ Town Mysteries.

2 November, 10.30am – 11.30am.

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“Travels with Grandad”

“Travels with Grandad” is an interactive storytelling event for children at Sherborne Library, Saturday October 20, 3.30pm-4.30pm.

Join grandad, a Victorian explorer who seems to have lost his way and help him remember where he has been!

Tickets: Free to include refreshements are available from Sherborne Library on Thursday 4 October 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Friday 5 October 9.30am – 11.30am, Saturday 6 October, 10.00-12noon.

Further information 01935 812934.

A fringe event of the Sherborne Literary Festival, organised by the Friends of Sherborne Library and sponsored by the Elliott Bequest to Sherborne Library.

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