The University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day a couple of weeks ago was, by all accounts, a rampant success, and our own little stand down at the SU Building, to promote the joys of our Leisure Reading collection and its own section of mood-boosting books and ‘Books On Prescription’, went down really well – as you can tell from the number of suggestions we had stuck on our very own Mood-Boosting Tree above!
We asked you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, and to write down why and then stick it on the tree. Well, we were overwhelmed with fantastic entries (just compare & contrast the image above with the image we took here before we took the tree down to the SU!) and we’re now happy to announce that the winner of our £25 Amazon Kindle voucher was Katie Burns from English and Drama, who was inspired while growing up by The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson. Well done Katie!
We haven’t forgotten about the other entries, though, as we’ll be checking through them all to see which of these inspirational works we currently don’t hold in stock, and look to purchase them for addition to our collection. So a big THANK YOU for everyone who helped inspire us – we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!
Tomorrow is University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day, and to mark the occasion there’s a day of fun-filled events happening down at the Student Union Building between 12-4pm.
We’ll be running a stand down there too, to promote our Leisure Reading collection and its new section of Mood-Boosting books (recognisible upstairs by their new shiny stickers!) and another section of ‘Books on Prescription’ (self help titles based on cognitive behavioural therapy), as well as our student book club, Club 790. To find us, just look for the tree! It’s not just any old tree, though – we’ll be asking you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, write down why and stick it on the tree (pictured just opposite). The most creative & inspiring response will receive a prize of a £25 Amazon Kindle voucher.
If that isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, then there’s bound to something else happening down at the SU that will, including a tasty Farmer’s Market by the fountain, a bouncy castle, a chance to learn some circus skills, and a wide programme of uplifting talks and advice sessions, all set to the soundtrack of live acoustic music. And the Vice Chancellor himself will be signing the Time to Change pledge on behalf of the University and the Students Union at 1pm. What more could you ask for to brighten your day?
The ultimate aim of University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day is to inspire people to think about and challenge the stigma which unfortunately still surrounds mental health issues. For further information about the day, take a peek at this poster. And to find out more about our new Mood-Boosting selection, visit this site by the Reading Agency which tells you more about the scheme.
Hilary Mantel has become the first Booker Prize winner to break into the Top 10 most borrowed books from British public libraries according to new Public Lending Right (PLR) figures released this week.
Bring Up the Bodies, the 2012 winner of the prestigious literary prize, was eighth in the list, which was dominated (no pun intended!!) by Lee Child, whose popular Jack Reacher novels The Affair and A Wanted Man occupied first and second spot, and with E.L. James steamy bondage romance Fifty Shades of Grey third. Last year’s top favorite, crime writer Lee Patterson, slipped down to fourth.
The Public Lending Right was established in 1979, ensuring that all lending income goes directly to the author. Presently the top rate in £6600 for the top-lending authors.
We’re quite well represented by these authors ourselves among our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4, including Bring Up the Bodies, Lee Child’s Killing Floor, and, perhaps appropriately for Valentine’s Day, Fifty Shades of Grey – with or without plain brown wrapper!
Our National Libraries Day goody-giveaway last Friday was a rampant success, and we’d like to thank EVERYONE who participated with our little survey about our new Level 4 and its Leisure Reading collection. We received a lot of very nice comments from people, including the following:
“It’s spacious, it’s comfortable, it isn’t loud – perfect for studying… I love the Library. Massive selection of academic and leisure books. I always feel comfortable here and I achieve a lot academically. The staff are also very helpful :)”
Which quite nicely capped our day!
To mark National Libraries Day this weekend we’ll be running a little stand up on Level 4 from 11am where we’ll be extolling the virtues of libraries in general and our own facilities in particular, especially our wonderful new (and ever so popular!) Level 4 and the literary pleasures of the Leisure Reading collection contained upon its shelves up there. And in return for a couple of minutes of your time telling us what you think of these new facilities, we’ll top up your chocolate levels with a free treat. What more could you ask for?
National Libraries Day is, as its title suggests, an annual celebration of libraries throughout the UK, be they academic, college, public or school libraries, and seeks to highlight all the positives things libraries and librarians contribute to people, families, communities, workplaces, the economy and society. To find out more, visit the campaign’s website here.
A former mental health nurse confounded the odds last night to win the much-coveted Costa Book Award.
Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall is a harrowing but moving account of schizophrenia and grief as seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in the aftermath of his brother’s death. He becomes only the fifth debut novelist to win the prize, which was first awarded in 1972 (then known as the Whitbread Award until Costa took over the sponsorship in 2005).
Filer beat four other writers to the award, including previous winners Maggie O’Farrell and Kate Atkinson, who had been the bookies choice for the £30,000 prize for her novel Life After Life. The other losing finalists were Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Michael Symmons Roberts.
A copy of The Shock of the Fall is on order for our stock, and we already have quite a range of Award-winning novels among out Leisure Reading collection on Level 4, including last year’s winner, Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Why not pop up and have a browse?
Avid readers are in for a treat this coming month when Loughborough Public Library plays host to three bestselling authors who will be talking about their lives and works.
On Saturday 8th February from 6.30pm Graeme Simsion will be present to discuss his latest novel, The Rosie Project, which has topped bestseller charts in both the UK and his native Australia.
Then on Thursday 20th February from 7.30pm Lesley Pearse will be talking about her varying literary career, including the popular Belle series of novels (pictured opposite).
Finally, fans of detective fiction with a classical twist certainly won’t want to miss a visit by Lindsey Davis on Thursday 6th March (7pm), whose popular Roman Empire-set Marcus Didius Falco series of novels has won her a multitude of awards, including the Crime Writers’ Associations’ coveted ‘Dagger in the Library’ award.
Pre-booking for all three events is strongly advised, and you can find the full details for the events here. And while you’re at it, why not take a peek at some of the other services the public library provides and think about becoming a member… it’s free!
These events are part of the Leicestershire County Libraries’ Words on the Street programme of author visits. For the full range of these visits, visit this site:
Belle cover image courtesy of Dunedin Public Libraries, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
Our Student Book Club, Club 790, meets for the first time in 2014 next month, and we’ve opted to start a new year’s reading with a bang with Suzanne Collins’ fast-paced dystopian science-fiction thriller The Hunger Games.
We’ll be meeting up in the Library on Wednesday 5th February at 5.30pm. We’ve still got some copies of the novel available to be borrowed for the meeting from the main Customer Services Desk on Level 3 – just ask a member of staff on duty there for a copy.
Club 790 meets up every six weeks during term time in the Library. It costs nothing to join and all books will be provided free-of-charge (although we do ask that you return the books to us after the meeting). All you have to do is read the book and turn up!
For more information email Sharon Reid: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, or why not join our Facebook page?
Hunger Games cover by Bookmouse, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
Fed up of revision and stressing about your exams? Then why not shove that old text book to one side and take temporary escape into the wonderful realm of fiction, courtesy of our new-look Leisure Reading Collection upstairs on Level 4!
With over 400 books (and rising!) to choose from, encompassing every possible literary genre from glittering utopian science fiction to grimy urban crime thrillers, light-hearted comedy to dark high drama, as well as a wide range of graphic novels and contemporary autobiographies, we’re certain there’s something to meet every taste.
But don’t just take our word for it! Research indicates that those who regularly read for pleasure are more likely to achieve academically. The National Endowment for the Arts highlighted in a 2007 report that “frequency of reading for pleasure correlates strongly with academic achievement.” So you can have fun while learning!
Some famous names are among this year’s crop of nominees for the 2013 Costa Book Awards announced earlier yesterday.
Kate Atkinson (pictured) and Maggie O’Farrell, previous winners in 1995 and 2010 respectively, are up for the Best Novel Award again along with Evie Wyld and Bernadine Bishop, who receives a posthumous nomination for Unexpected Lessons in Love.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s controversial biography of the philandering Italian poet and politician Gabriele D’Annunzio, which earlier won the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, heads the list for the Best Biography Award, while veteren Australian writer and broadcaster Clive James is up against 2004 winner Michael Symmons Roberts in the Poetry Award category for his translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
Last year’s £30,000 top prize went to Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which remarkably won the Man Booker Prize in the same year. Since the introduction of the award in 1985 (then known as the Whitbread Prize), it has been won 11 times by a novel, seven times by a poetry collection, five times by a biography, four times by a first novel, and once by a children’s book. For the complete list of this year’s nominees, and to find out exactly who previous winners were, visit the Costa Book Awards site here.
We have quite a range of Award-winning novels among out Leisure Reading collection on Level 4, including last year’s winner. Why not pop up and have a browse?
Kate Atkinson at the Mosman Library, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.