The authors were on tour throughout May 2014. In a journey across the UK, they sought out unusual libraries and stories.
At these events, the authors talked about the current situation of libraries in the UK, recounting the surprising ways in which local communities have responded to recent changes. The authors told the story of Weston library, and spoke about their experience of making Library Book. They suggest that this story can tell us much about the wider situation and the importance of libraries to their community. These events were also a place for discussion, engaging with local residents and providing a space to ask: what should a library be in the 21st Century, and what is the future of libraries in the UK?
3pm Saturday May 3rd - book launch - weston-super-mare
Weston Library, Town Hall, Wallscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1PL
The library at the heart of this book plays host to the book launch in style. Originally founded by the people of Weston in 1900 and moving to it's new modern setting in 2012, Weston Library has been serving the local community for over one hundred years. On May 3rd we celebrate the Victorian visionaries who first dreamed of providing Weston with a free public library, and the dedication of generations of library staff and supporters who worked to realise that dream throughout it's life.
10am sunday may 4th - Westbury-sub-Mendip
Wells, Somerset BA5
Library Book will pass through this peaceful Somerset village and pay a short visit to one of the UK's phone box libraries. The library which opened in 2009 is one of the first of this kind in the UK, though there are many more in 2014. Matt and Lisa will spend some time there talking to the residents about their library.
12.30pm sunday may 4th - the red lion inn - dittisham
Red lion inn, Dittisham, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0ES
This 260 year old pub is home to the community library, the post office and the village shop. Matt and Lisa will be joining them to discuss libraries over a fine pub lunch.
5.30am monday may 5th - swindon festival of literature
Lawn Woods, High Street Old Town SN1 3EN
On Monday May 5th Library Book will join the literary people of Swindon for Dawn Chorus - Love at First Light. As the sun rises over sleeping Swindon, join the early-birds, the keenest and coolest festival followers, high on a ridge in Lawn Woods, for this all-age, all-weather outdoor event that marks the start of the twenty-first Swindon Festival of Literature. Lisa and Matt will be there in the Library Book Bus greeting the new day and being generally passionate about libraries.
7pm tuesday may 6th - Bristol festival of photography
Hamilton house, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, Avon BS1 3QY
Lisa returns to her former city of Bristol to present Library Book alongside her other long-term project The Writing On The Wall. This is the only event at which Lisa's two obsessions of the last two years are brought together and discussed as a single piece.
1pm thursday may 8th - Jesmond library, newcastle
Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 2D
Jesmond Library closed on Saturday 29 June 2013 as part of Newcastle City Council's three year budget strategy. It was reopened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Jesmond Library. It is now a busy community facility once again and runs a wide range of activities on top of the basic library services. On May 8th Library Book will join Jesmond Library. Lisa & Matt's presentation of the story of Weston Library will be accompanied by the story of Jesmond Library and we look forward to an interesting discussion about the future of libraries generally.
6pm Friday may 9th - the george and Dragon, hudswell
GEORGE AND DRAGON, HUDSWELL, RICHMOND, NORTH YORKSHIRE, DL11 6BL
This beautiful village pub closed down in 2008 and stood empty for two years at which point something inspirational happened. The people of Hudswell joined together and formed Hudswell Community Pub Ltd. As a cooperative they reopened the pub, also creating a community library and a village shop (the first one in Hudswell for over 30 years). On Feb 9th Library Book visits the George and Dragon to salute their work and enjoy their views.
3.30pm Saturday May 10th - Burnage Library
Burnage Library, Activity & Information Hub, Burnage Lane, Burnage, Manchester, M19 1EW
The local council stopped funding their services at Burnage Library in October 2013. It was taken over by a group of local volunteers and it now runs a range of educational and community events. Lisa and Matt will be talking about the story of Weston Library and the people of Burnage will be sharing their experiences of rescuing their local library service. This will finish with a general discussion about the future of libraries generally and their relationship to the local community.
from 12.30, saturday may 17th - bookfest warwick
Warwick Arts Centre, The University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Lisa and Matt will be running a stall at Bookfest. Come and engage them in Library related discussions or even buy a book! At various points during the day they will present readings from Library book and attempt to engage people in the history and future of libraries.
3pm - 5pm Friday May 23rd - Conversazione, UCL
Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Gordon Square
Library Book features at the inaugural Conversazione at the Institute of Archaeology at UCL. An exhibition which aims to provoke informal debate across archaeology, heritage and the arts.
3pm Saturday May 24th - new cross learning
283 - 285 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AS
Formerly known as the New Cross People's Library, New Cross Learning is a vibrant community space rescued from closure by two cheerful and dedicated women, and kept alive by a team of volunteers and supporters. At this event we will be screening some movies about various London campaigns and discussing how the capital has been hit by council closures.
7.30pm Thursday may 29th - St brides major
church hall, Southerndown Road, St. Brides Major, vale of glamorgan, wales
We will be stopping in for an evening of cheese, wine and library discussion with the people of St Brides Major in South Wales. In St Brides Major a community library is run from the village church hall after the local council scrapped the mobile library service. The service is staffed and maintained by a team of 18 volunteers and, in line with the experiences of some of the other places on our tour, they are attracting more users than the mobile library that they replaced.